This is fun: Albert Mohler has decided it’s time to wake-up the Godly and force them to confront the menace which now lies before them.
Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question.
The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the Christian church for over two thousand years on the morality of same-sex acts and the institution of marriage.
For some mysterious reason, as I read that I was transported in memory to those old World War II movies where the good guys’ submarine lies deep in the water as enemy destroyers circle overhead and the captain, with dramatically sweat-soaked armpits, nudges the periscope upwards.
Never mind; I’m sure that Mohler would sooner liken himself to Horatius at the Bridge.
Meanwhile the Tuscan army, right glorious to behold,
Came flashing back the noonday light,
Rank behind rank, like surges bright of a broad sea of gold.
Four hundred trumpets sounded a peal of warlike glee,
As that great host, with measured tread, and spears advanced, and ensigns spread,
Rolled slowly towards the bridge’s head where stood the dauntless Three.
The Three stood calm and silent, and looked upon the foes,
And a great shout of laughter from all the vanguard rose:
And forth three chiefs came spurring before that deep array;
To earth they sprang, their swords they drew, and lifted high their shields, and flew
To win the narrow way;
The cause of all this quavery-jowled indignation, you should know, is a soon-to-be-published book by Matthew Vines which argues that Christians have misread the Bible, that the Big Guy is just fine with gays.
Since Christian theology holds that Our Invisible Friend loathes all of humankind, who are innately wicked and born inherently deserving of eternal torture, and the Bible emphatically condemns gays, I’m finding Vines’ argument a bit much to swallow. Nevertheless, I wish Vines success, and I wish Pious Albert effective blood pressure medications.
I will tell you right now exactly how all of this is going to play out. The public at large has realized that, in Thomas Jefferson’s imperishable phrase, same-sex marriage “neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg” so … fine, leave gays alone to live their lives. That is happening now, and happening rapidly, and it’s a good thing. Church business departments will realize that full-throated hostility toward gays is very bad for business and urge a softer tone, and when that isn’t enough to eradicate the hard feelings they’ll start recommending special Rainbow Sunday services.
Mohler is going to be left standing in a remote corner of the parking lot, glowering and stamping his feet — and, fifty years from now, some Southern Baptist preacher will unembarrassedly claim credit for Christianity for the progress of gay rights. Seriously.