Monday, October 18, 2010

was there no one who could have stood between that boy and that bridge?

 Here's the perspective of Southern Baptist leader Alfred Mohler on the recent teen suicides:
When gay activists accuse conservative Christians of homophobia, they are wrong. Our concern about the sinfulness of homosexuality is not rooted in fear, but in faithfulness to the Bible — and faithfulness means telling the truth. Yet, when gay activists accuse conservative Christians of homophobia, they are also right. Much of our response to homosexuality is rooted in ignorance and fear. 
This is at least somewhat conciliatory. Does it give enough? Too much? What do you think?


  1. I think it's a great launch-pad for discussion. While the Biblical perspective on homosexuality condemns the sin itself, I do not believe it condemns the individual. Sin is sin, and one man's sin is no greater than his brother's. Ignorance tends to lead to fear. When one is fearful of a topic it's easily to reject anything about it without further discussion. This is true of all of us, not just Christians. I think many prefer not to deal with topics like gay rights and, in turn, many end up rejecting the people along the way.

  2. I thought this was truly powerful "Even long before they may hear or respond to the gospel, they need to know that they are loved and cherished for who they are. They need to know that we stand between them and those who would harm them. They need to know that we know how to love sinners because we have been loved despite our own sin."

    This can also be applied to those who condemn homosexuality as an act untied to any religious grounding. When we condemn without looking at the person attached to that act we risk alienating people, not unlike ourselves.