Free Northerner posted on Diana Anderson recently. Basically, she is a “Christian” who rails against purity culture and exalts sex before marriage.
The main point I want to make is in this quote:
My doubt had taken a toll on me; I didn’t know how to process this new perspective of God that I was developing. I was beginning to see the cracks in the armor of the evangelical church, especially as my views on politics became more progressive and I began to be more concerned about loving LGBT people than condemning them to hell.
Technically, she is correct. We are supposed to “love our enemies” and “do good to those that persecute us.”
The actual change comes that when God uses our loving behavior to bring them to salvation, after they have been saved it is then that we help them leave their old lifestyle behind. And that’s when it gets messy.
That’s the main distinction. We are called to love others unconditionally outside of the church, but we are called to police ourselves inside the church. You will see this problem crop up in many separate instances.
- Premarital sex is seen as good, and sex within marriage is bad.
- Christians condemn the LGBT community and gay marriage, while not calling out divorce in their own community.
- Christians are more concerned with political issues, than teaching their children good values.
When you look at any issue and how the church approaches it now, it is almost always in an incorrect manner. What we can see is that Satan has a foothold such that the truth is twisted to be evil, and evil is twisted to be good. That’s why in the manosphere we see happiness and other feelings becoming truth rather than what God and the Scriptures say is truth.
We shouldn’t be surprised at this, yet most of the time we are when we see someone doing something that is wrong. The lies are there and are meant to twist us from the truth.
The truth of the matter is that Christian doctrine is focused on the self but not selfishness. That is we have a responsibility and stewardship of our lives to become like Jesus. When we become like Jesus, God uses our lives as an example to witness to others.
The truth is that when we fail to realize this, our reality of the truth becomes twisted. We start to judge others instead of ourselves first, and in doing so we become hypocrites. No one listens to hypocrites or takes them seriously, and thus the witness of the Church is destroyed.
Diana is correct in that the Church should not be railing against gays and instead loving them. However, she employs it as an overarching principle when it is only one of many, and thus she throws out the responsibility of Christians to adhere to the Word of God.