Gay is Not the New Black – Are We Completely Missing the Point?

This article is a bullet point rebuttal of this one: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/07/19/gay-is-not-the-new-black/. You’ll need to be familiar with it as I’m just going to refer to portions of it by headings and referring to his arguments. I’m not going to reproduce any of it here for the sake of time.

General Objection

On the whole, we’re confusing the issue here. The issue is not primarily about defining a new minority group who should now get special treatment. Neither is the issue about the moral right or wrongness of homosexuality or calling homosexuality marriage. The issue is over whether everyone, and I mean everyone, has the right (civilly) to do as he pleases, so long as he does not harm his neighbor through aggression. Does the government have the right to restrict private behavior that does not harm other people? Libertarians say no.

Perhaps we’re looking at this the wrong way. It’s not so much that gay marriage is a good thing that the goverment should promote. It’s not that gays are people who should now get special sanction or treatment. I hope that I would never have suggested that. Rather, it is that the government, by being the authority that sanctions marriage, is usurping the God given role of the church. Anything we can do to remove the government’s grip on marriage and return it to the domain of the church would honor God. What homosexuals do and what they call it, is irrelevant to what the church defines as marriage, and so long as this generation is crooked and perverse, it matters not what government calls marriage. It does nothing to distort the reality and the standard. Those should be held up by the church.

So in terms of allowing freedom of religion – the right to choose whether to obey God.
And in terms of allowing freedom of choice – the right to do as you please so long as you are not harming another.
Then I support loosening, if not completely removing, the government’s grip on marriage.
Allowing marriage licenses for homosexuals to marry same sex partners is a loosening of the government’s grip, and is akin to Moses issuing certificates of divorce because of the hardness of the people’s hearts.
I don’t promote this so we can re-define marriage. I don’t promote this so we can sanction sin.
I promote this so the church can return as the authority for such definition and such censure of wrong.

The government should only be concerned with providing justice to victims of crimes and making sure that our freedoms remain intact.

And while homosexuality IS a choice unlike the race into which you were born, being a sinner is not. We are all born as sinners, and without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, we are indeed lost. Expecting dead men to behave like live men simply because the government tells them to is foolish. The church should hold out to the gospel and those who believe will fall under his authority and receive his grace to renounce their sin.

The government redefining marriage will cheapen it. That much is certain. But like when the Federal Reserve prints fiat money, all it will cheapen is the meaning of the government issued marriage certificate. It can’t touch the standard of true marriage that the church and Christian couples can hold forth!

Specific Rebuttal Points

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Blind Faith

Most people consider “Blind Faith” to be completely unreasonable. In the common view, you take something that you want to believe in and despite the lack of evidence in it, and even evidence to the contrary, you just decide to believe it. How silly. This is how Christians are portrayed  Superstitious. Simple Minded. Looking for a crutch to help them through life because they don’t want to face reality.

But that’s nonsense. Faith is not choosing to believe something despite any evidence to the contrary. Faith is coming face to face with something so wondrously true that you can’t help but believe it and remember it, even when you lose sight of it, and are driven by the hope that one day you will come to see it again.

Blind faith is believing the sun will come up again even in the middle of the night.

Ask anyone who has come to faith in their adult years. Ask them for their testimony. They will tell you of an experience. Now, Christianity is not just about an experience. It’s not about that one moment when we walked an aisle or when we said a prayer, but there’s something very real that happens in those moments. Like Paul on the road to Damascus, it’s in those moments that we meet God. And in those moments, we see reality so clearly that we suddenly see everything else in a new light. In those moments we see God himself and we surrender ourselves to him. Then we walk out into the world and are bombarded by a whole world that has never met him.

We are not children believing in Santa Claus.
We are Lucy Pevensie who KNOWS she saw Aslan on the other side of the river and wants nothing more than to go to him.

We are not mindless automatons going through motions trying to just add numbers to our group and notch our belts
We are the mayor of Whoville who has heard Horton’s voice and is so convinced of this reality that he’s willing to look like an idiot in front of the rest of the Whos in order to save them from the destruction he knows is imminent, even if they don’t believe him.

I love that scene from Horton Hears a Who. The movie really did a fantastic job with that. I don’t know what Dr. Seuss’s intent was with this. I know his overall theme was “A person’s a person no matter how small,” but I don’t know if he also had blind faith in mind either. I’m certain the film makers did not intend this to be an analogy for faith, but it still came out so well.

In the scene I’m thinking of, the mayor is trying to convince the Whos that Horton is out there even though he’s the only one who has ever heard him, and there’s a point at which he’s standing in front of his house trying to communicate with Horton so they will hear him, and in the midst of his frantic attempts to make contact, they collectively give him this LOOK.

The look said it all. “This guy’s crazy. He’s a nut. He’s lost his marbles”. And here’s the thing: They’d be right! IF Horton wasn’t up there! All the subtle accusations levied toward Christians – that we’re just superstitious or backwards and stuck in old traditions, etc, etc – All of those would be true, if Christ was not real. But as anyone who has met Christ can attest, he is real. But unless you meet him for yourself, there’s no way to convince you. So we are at an impasse. There’s no empirical evidence that can pass scientific muster. But that doesn’t make it any less true.

Blind faith is not choosing to believe the unbelievable.
Blind faith is choosing to hold fast to the undeniable.

Defense of Libertarianism. Offense Against Legislating Morality.

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll know that I’m a Libertarian and a Christian. You’ll also know that I’ve been struggling to articulate just why I think Libertarianism is more consistent with the Scriptures than what is typically espoused by Christians. That’s not a very precise way to put it. There are many different political philosophies that can be found within the church. Some Christians are pretty “liberal”. But what I’m speaking to would be closer to the more stereotypical “right wing” “moral majority” type position. Most Christians I know personally fall into the “legislate morality” camp to one degree or another, which is a bit of a broad brush. I don’t know that any are hardcore Theonomists, but some I know definitely lean that way. Almost all of them have the same stances on the big social issues. I can think of three key issues off the top of my head. They are pro-life. They are against gay marriage. They are anti-drugs. Many are also anti-alcohol, which I’ll lump into the drug category for convenience. On these three issues, I agree with them on only one – abortion. And I feel firm in my conviction that my positions do not violate the Scriptures. For while I agree with them that the Scriptures teach very clear moral principals in these areas, I whole-heartedly disagree that that necessarily means that the law of the United States must reflect that Biblical morality. This series of articles is my attempt to articulate why I believe that to be.

Matthew 22:37-40 ESV  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  (38)  This is the great and first commandment.  (39)  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  (40)  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

This is my first stop because I think it sets up the backbone of my whole philosophy on the relationship between morality and legality. I have long held that Legality is concerned with maintaining a peaceful society, while morality is concerned with living virtuously in order to honor the Lord – at least from a Christian perspective. There are other moral codes and various reasons one might feel compelled to live virtuously, by as I am a Christian and whereas Christians believe our moral code to be the correct one, we’ll assume so for the time being. Such is not the point of this text. What is the point is that distinction of purpose. Legality is concerned with peace. Morality is concerned with virtue. There can be some overlap, but to what extent? What does the Word of God say? Continue reading Defense of Libertarianism. Offense Against Legislating Morality.

A Struggle with Mediocrity

I’ll be the first to admit I struggle with being mediocre. Lukewarm. It’s so easy for me to be lazy in my walk, having a disengaged mind. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that in the course of a mundane day, it’s easy to put your head down and focus on the details of what you’re doing and forget the bigger picture. At the very best, I fail to take advantage of the opportunities to glorify God to the fullest. At the worst, I set myself up for all sorts of temptations.

So I found this quote from Urban Meyer inspiring the other day. He wasn’t speaking of spiritual things, but he was speaking of truth. He said this to the Ohio State football team after the first day of practice:

It’s so easy to be average. you know it as well as I know it. You just practiced. It’s the first day, cheering and all that kind of stuff and I still saw average. It takes a little something to be special, doesn’t it? It takes a little something special to be a great player. We don’t have enough great players. To hell with that! We don’t want to coach average. I don’t want to be around you, why be around average? Did you push yourself to be great today? Did you do it? If you didn’t do it, you lost a day. We don’t got many days to lose. We’re going to push your ass like it’s never been pushed. Because what you’ve got in you, we’re gonna find out, ok? I’m gonna find out. And if there’s a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?

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