Christians Should Be More Accepting?
by Clay Jones
So many tell us that Christians should be more accepting of homosexuality. Yesterday, in fact, I listened to Andrew Wilson debate Rob Bell on the UK Unbelievable? radio program about homosexuality and the church. Bell was asked to explain the justification for his beliefs that there is nothing wrong with committed homosexual relationships, and, among other things, he said, “This is sort of the bullshit that really, really, really, pushes people away, is when you have a particular conviction and all of a sudden your orthodoxy or your faithfulness to Jesus is all of a sudden called into question…. This is why so many people don’t want to be a part of the church.”
Indeed, I’ve heard that a lot lately. Something to the effect of, “Christians should be more accepting! If you were, more people would join the church. Instead, you’re driving people away.”
Yes, Christians need to be accepting of those struggling with homosexual inclinations just as it needs to be accepting of those struggling with adulterous inclinations, but was Jesus concerned about making His message more palatable? Consider that in Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” And who made “the gate” narrow? Wasn’t it the Lord? In fact, when we read the entire Old Testament, do we ever get the sense that the Lord is willing to compromise His righteousness to draw larger crowds?
Also, in Matthew 8:16 we read that Jesus “healed all who were sick.” No surprise that this would create quite a following! So how does Jesus respond? Look at 8:18-22:
When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Wouldn’t many of today’s counselors advise Jesus that if he really wants to get a large following, then He needs to be more seeker sensitive?! Shouldn’t Jesus accept one persons fear of homelessness and another’s sense of obligation to the deceased as just being real to who they are? But Jesus doesn’t do that…
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