Check out my review over at Exegetical Tools.
I’ve read a first-rate article by Edward Feser explaining why the Left reacts so viscerally when people “on the wrong side of history” feel like they have to make clear their lack of endorsement of same-sex weddings. (I mean, in the 21st Century, you’re telling me, you won’t bake a wedding cake for me?! Seriously?)
In this article, Feser suggests that not baking that cake or photographing that blissful day is ultimately a deeply subversive act that threatens the very fabric of the society (modern-day) liberals have built for themselves: a egalitarian, anything-goes sexually “free” society. It suggests that what we are doing is wrong, and it brings the suppressed shame (that we don’t want to deal with or admit we even have) to the surface. So let’s look at not baking that wedding cake actually entail (because I don’t have time to discuss the issue of general discrimination, and plus, most of those (even Christian!) bakeries are generally happy to serve all customers regardless of orientation … that’s not the issue: the wedding cake issue is). Two points and a conclusion (and FULL DISCLAIMER: some reflections suitable for the day after Good Friday and before Resurrection Sunday). Continue reading
I just had to repost this clever and important post: “Why the Church Should Be Welcoming but Not Affirming of Straight Christians.”
This should help to subvert two deeply embedded myths in the church:
1) It subverts the idea that homosexuals are a unique “problem” to the church, but not heterosexual lust or adultery. The opposite of homosexual sin is not heterosexual lust, but purity through Christ. Straight Christians are not able to let their guard done or pity those who same sex attraction (SSA). We have to be watchful and dependent on the Holy Spirit and prayer. We are not holier or purer than those who struggle with SSA.
2) It communicates that those with same sex attraction (SSA) are not alone or unique in their call to purity / even singleness. We are all called to die to self and fight what may feel so natural. Lust and (sexual) sin are no respecters of sexual orientation or attraction. All Christians, whether single or married, straight or with SSA or …, are called to be pure and holy, as the Bride of Christ, who is Lord over all things and spheres and who claims lordship over everything.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Okay, you’ve been warned … Continue reading
See this excellent article by Kevin DeYoung on Jesus as “A Friend of Sinners and No Friend of Sin.” In it, DeYoung calls Jesus both inclusive and intolerant.
“Because You’re Worth It.”
This is the narcissistic Gospel of L’Oréal: “Because You’re Worth it.” Here’s the logic:
- You are inherently beautiful and lovely.
- Therefore you deserve love, respect, acceptance, affirmation, attention, *insert own self-puffing noun that you deserve because you are, ya know, worth it* . . .
You’re worth it. You are inherently valuable / _________ (insert here whatever inherent quality you think you possess). Therefore you deserve _________ (insert here whatever you feel entitled to). This is the Spirit of the Age. This is the Gospel of L’Oréal.
The “Gospel” Gospel–that is, the real Gospel–is much more offensive than that, much more hurtful (to our own egos) than that. Continue reading