Marin on the UK Situation
A new video from Andrew Marin today (click here to see it) and a very interesting comment afterwards:
But the main difference that stuck out to me though, was that from the numbers of straight conservative Christians I talked to in England about the gay community I continued to receive two profound answers that were very consistent among almost everyone I talked to (Iâ€™m going to paraphrase here):
Gays and lesbians are such an ingrained part of mainstream culture that their sexuality isnâ€™t a big deal and weâ€™re (Christians) are already over it.
The church isnâ€™t giving the younger generation any theological or practical framework on how to properly engage this topic, and because of that the next generation is scared to say what they believe because they know it wonâ€™t be accepted; or they are tornÂ because since there is no framework, how can a traditionalÂ interpretation of ScriptureÂ actually be lived out in culture when their examples are eitherÂ dodging the question all together because they donâ€™t want to make a scene or theyâ€™re a part of aÂ small minority that thrives on makingÂ a scene?
And from my perspective, therein lies the great debate within conservative Christendom in England. Which route is the church going to take â€“ theyâ€™re over it (?), are they going to dig their heals in like American Christians have andÂ fight (?),Â or are they going to try to figure out how to peacefully and productively engage a growing population of people that doesnâ€™t need conservative Christianity to exist?
What are your thoughts?
Well I’ll tell you what I think. I think the people Marin has listened to are absolutely right. The “culture war” about the acceptance of GLBT people and institutions like Civil Partnerships is over here in the UK. Conservative Christians need to be concentrating on the real issue which is how do we do mission in a country which has a completely different ethical basis than the Judeo-Christian model which we might prefer but that we need to recognise simply no longer runs the roosts in Britain.
We need to equip the new generation of spirit-filled believers not with the old fashioned rhetorical devices of standing on street corners and berating a pagan culture, but rather with the theological tools to think clearly and biblically about human sexuality in the twenty-first century and how best to reach out to a broken society. Do we do that mission by always telling people they’re sinners, or do we love people first and wait for the Spirit to move in them, never compromising what we believe but at the same time never compromising on recognising the imago dei in everyone?