Prohibiting interracial dating at the work place
And yet, the statement itself abandons biblical clarity, courage, and conviction on a wide range of other challenges to the sanctity of marriage.To cite just one example, by far the best thing about the Nashville Statement is the clarity with which it speaks about God’s creation as an essential foundation to Christian thinking about sexuality: By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life.Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural witness to a world that seems bent on ruin?The answer to these questions, obviously, is that many churches have already lost their biblical conviction, clarity, and courage—especially regarding sex.The preamble asks, Will the church of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the spirit of the age?
Given how clearly you drew the link between these past failures and the current fights about sexual orientation and gender identity in , it surprises me that you defend the Nashville Statement, despite its silence on no-fault divorce and other offenses against the sanctity of marriage which have become acceptable (even if still viewed with some concern) within conservative Christian culture.
Your whole book is about how we need to stand apart from the anti-Christian ethos of modern culture, and do better at building community practices that enable us pass on the faith, catechize, and keep us from turning into moralistic therapeutic Deists.
But there are two ways of distancing ourselves from the ethos of the broader culture.
Still, SOGI has become a unique threat to traditional Christian belief, which you describe elsewhere as “the tip of the spear at our throats in the culture war.” It’s worth saying more about why.
In Tying the gay rights cause to the civil rights movement was a strategic masterstroke.