In light of the recent ruling in California over Proposition 8, Kevin DeYoung offers some helpful next steps to Evangelicals Here’s an excerpt:
We should not disengage. It’s tempting to say “We’re going to lose this one. So let’s just try to love people and not put up a fight” But laws do have consequences. Seeking the peace of the city means we defend marriage because we believe it is for the common good. We need thoughtful, winsome Christians engaging with this issue on television, in print, in the academy, in the arts, and in politics and law. . . .
We must not be afraid to talk about homosexuality. Don’t be silenced by Christians calling for umpteen more years of dialogue or those who say you need at least one gay friend before you can open your mouth. The Bible speaks openly about sexuality and we must not be embarrassed to open God’s word. BUT when we do speak we must do so with broken hearts not bulging veins. A calm spirit and a broken heart are keys to not being tuned out immediately. . . .
We must accept that no matter how hard we try, some people will conclude we are bigots, homophobes, and neanderthals for thinking homosexuality is wrong. Our goal must not be to stop people from viewing us in this way. We can’t control perceptions. Our goal is that those ugly perceptions do not match reality.
Read the rest at Kevin’s blog.
In Other News
Correctives: Dustin Neeley continues his “Justification by X” series at the Resurgence with Justification by Theology
Culture: Al Mohler – Thank God for the new Atheists?
Free Audio: Did you know that Tim Keller’s Ministries of Mercy is available as Christian Audio’s free download of the month? Use download code AUG2010 if you’re so inclined.
Church Ministry: Jared Wilson offers some clarification on his recent post about the Awesomeness-Driven Church.
Housekeeping: I’m in the wilds of Northern Ontario this week enjoying a second week of vacation (last year, I got one all year, so this is progress). While I’m away, my friends Will Adair, Nate Bingham and a few others will be providing you with some terrific content.
In Case You Missed It
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
A review of Kevin DeYoung’s latest, The Good News We Almost Forgot
Gleaning some insights on the art of the illustration
Mark Driscoll reminds us that discernment is a good thing by looking at Twilight
Charles Spurgeon shares the joy that these words bring: “Ye are clean.”