Making All Things New by David Powlison, Free for CAPC Members
In Making All Things New, David Powlison is realistic about the fact that sexual brokenness is often wider and deeper than we initially surmise.
Over the years, CaPC has written about the issue of gay marriage in a number of ways. This is not a simple or easy issue for anyone to deal with, although at times we all feel it to be.
The following is a list of the top posts we’ve written on same-sex marriage, starting with the overturning of Proposition 8 in California courts in 2012 to Rob Bell’s recent comments.
Read, consider, pray, and share.
Restoring marriage will take much more than some better form of Proposition 8. It will take a less individualistic reform of heterosexual marriage, a restoration of God-honoring complementary sexuality, and a deep love for those struggling with sexual issues, heterosexual or homosexual, in a way that speaks the truth only in the context of loving relationship.
In a world where society will never fully submit to Christ until his return, morality based on his Word will likewise never fully prevail against a self-idolizing culture. This sounds simple and obvious, but you might be surprised at how many people in the church think of culture wars as a chess match with an endgame, rather than a challenge that will not find final resolution until the Lord returns.
Gay marriage is a complex issue that has provoked all sorts of debate, and I think it’s good for you to know that it was no different for our writers. Our forum was jam-packed with discussion, disagreement, debate, and some frustration. But we did the work for the same reason that we always do the work: we want to walk in both the sacred and secular worlds without compromise and without compartmentalizing. We want to speak and think as Christ would have us speak and think, and we want to be proud of the efforts we make with the resources God has given us while He tarries.
Cathy acted as what I think sociologist and Christian thinker James Davison Hunter would call a “faithful presence.” He listened. He asked questions. He entered into Windmeyer’s life. From the sound of it, Dan Cathy loved a gay man who had led the “persecution” (according to some Christians) of his business. And you know what? That witness was powerful.
If Christians want to make an argument against homosexual marriage, they are going to have to do a better job of presenting arguments that demonstrate why this is a bad thing from a general stand point, not just from a ‘Biblical’ standpoint if they are going to persuade their fellow Americans. But one thing the Christian cannot do is ask Scripture to take a back seat to cultural whims. That is what Bell is asking of us.
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