I have some tolerance for Facebook friends who do not share my political views. (Though I must admit, I have de-friended a few people who I knew and then found out were raging conservatives, crazies, etc, because with the advent of the News Feed, I just don’t need that in my life.) And when people post comments that are begging to be debated, I have learned to not comment. My trick: typing a long rebuttal and then not posting it. It’s cleansing, sort of.

But logging on to Facebook this morning, this is what I found:

Question: Given that the inevitable cultural trajectory is in this direction, we are going to have more and more people visiting our churches in the years ahead who have been raised by homosexual parents. How do we as Evangelicals balance holding true to our view of Scripture, while at the same time not sending the message that the love these kids experienced from their parents (which in many cases will be genuine; it’s not as if gays are monsters) was somehow invalid, sinful, perverted etc?

Let me say that this was posted by someone I went to high school with and who is now an Evangelical priest.
But my instant reaction was: why would these children of gay parents ever go to such a church where they know that the “Scripture” thinks their family life is perverse? Maybe they would go if they suddently started to believe that gay marriage is wrong, and that their parents are sinners, but how often does this really happen? It usually takes a trauma or some serious persuasion to turn children so harshly against their parents.
This comment doesn’t bother me so much in what it’s asking, because it is in theory trying to be accepting (though notice nothing is said of the parents being in the church), but what it’s implying – society is going to hell in a hand basket, and so on. There are only a few lines in the Bible that condemn homosexuality, and there is so much else that tells Christians to love their neighbor, and not look down on their fellow man. Frankly I just can’t imagine Jesus preaching about God’s love to the masses and making a point to say “oh hey – when I said ‘don’t cast stones’ I really meant to say that you can judge anyone who doesn’t share your system of beliefs or forces you to confront them.” But maybe that’s why I’m an agnostic.
I think we need to follow the threads of our thinking more, because a simple question like this Facebook comment begins decently, but perpetuates an entire system of hierarchical judgment that leads to discrimination, hatred, violence, and, as recent news has sadly shown, suicide. Which, to me, sounds exactly the opposite of what Jesus is supposed to represent.
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