Just for the record, I grow weary of the continual belief that somehow truth is something that is up for debate, particularly with regards to morality. This is particularly egregious in the Christian community.
As I surfed through the blogosphere today, I found that today marked a "synchroblog" on the subject of "Bridging the Gap" between the Church and the gay community. Over 70 bloggers came together to discuss ways in which the two parties could come together and "bridge the gap."
Brian McLaren's blog is one of the participants, and it's clear that in his upcoming book, he'll make the claim that all of the prohibitions against homosexuality in Scripture have nothing to do with the modern view of homosexual relationships. Apparently, he's "bridging the gap."
"Bridging the gap" is primarily the aim of homosexuals who attend Church to seek out other Christians who are sympathetic to blessing their way of life. Talk of "judging not," and "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you" is par for the course for these discussions.
The call of Christ, however, is a call to charity. Is it chartiable, by any stretch of the imagination, to encourage broken men and women to continue to live in something that God has clearly described as immoral, as an expression of sympathy and love for them? Those who have compassion for men and women who choose to live out their gay desires can easily be misguided, and their compassion can be transformed by a world that says that everyone deserves earthly happiness and companionship.
Where have convictions gone? And how can love be so easily distorted into something that merely blesses the way anyone chooses to live? The conversations on these blogs tend to focus on Christ and his interaction with sinners, but they often miss that within the love of Christ was a firm, and insistent call to return to the fundamental dignity of each sinner, most clearly expressed in the phrase, "go, and sin no more."
God help us!