I’m not sure which is worse:
– that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Indiana University hosted an event that was, for all practical purposes, a pep rally for homosexuality (see details here),
– that I am not shocked that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Indiana University hosted an event that was, for all practical purposes, a pep rally for homosexuality.
It is hard to be shocked, or even surprised, anymore with regard to the nonsense and outright wickedness that spews out of this nebulous entity known as “evangelicalism” today. Nonsense, and even outright wickedness, have been normalized in the name of Christ. And it is not as though these things are happening in a vacuum. Evangelicalism largely gave away the farm on the Bible’s teaching on gender some time ago. Is it any surprise that confusion over the divine design for human gender would lead to further confusion about sexual practice?
With regard to this episode, the most tragic testimony I read can be found here from a doctoral student at IU, and one who formerly practiced homosexuality. He is absolutely right: by publicizing an event that would have attracted a number of students who are themselves tempted and confused by the abominable practice of homosexuality, InterVarsity patted them on the back and told them to embrace their sin. Without consulting Scripture at all (indeed, according to reports, consulting Scripture was off-limits at the event), InterVarsity promoted the idea that one can be a practicing homosexual and a faithful believer in Christ at the same time. Who knows the extent of the damage they could have done? How many struggling sinners who needed a confrontation regarding the weightiness of divine judgment and the horrors of exclusion from the Kingdom, along with the stunning promise of grace, forgiveness, and cleansing for those who repent (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) instead received a word of encouragement to plunge headlong into behavior that defies the Creator and asserts sinful human autonomy?
I mentioned several posts back that in Love Wins Rob Bell makes an illegitimate appeal to Matthew 18:6:
…but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Bell (kind of) applies this verse to the psychological damage he says he received when he was a child beholding the painting in his grandmother’s house that frightened him, a situation that has nothing to do with what Jesus is saying here.
But InterVarsity does seem to be guilty of exactly what Jesus warned against. If Christian students struggling with homosexual desire and confusion regarding personal identity came to this event, InterVarsity was happy to supply them with one massive stumbling block. This organization, and particularly the leadership of InterVarsity at IU, need to repudiate what they have done and turn immediately from the practice of leading others into sin.
One more word before I finish. This event was publicized as one addressing “homophobia,” which is a classic liberal word if there ever was one. Maybe we should come up with a whole list of them:
– adulterphobia: moral opposition to adultery; i.e., a refusal to say that adulterers are okay in what they are doing.
– pedophilophobia: moral opposition to child-molesting; i.e., a refusal to say that child-molesters are okay in what they are doing.
– homocidophobia: moral opposition to murder; i.e., a refusal to say that murderers are okay in what they are doing.
– idolophobia: moral opposition to idol-worship; i.e., a refusal to say that idol-worshipers are okay in what they are doing.
The homosexual lobby has successfully turned the conversation in our society away from homosexuality itself and toward those who would dare to oppose it. We hear a lot more about the dangers of homophobia than we do about the dangers of homosexuality. The latter has been accepted into the mainstream, which coincides with the relegation of the former to the fringe. Even the word itself (“homophobia”) suggests an irrational fear.
I don’t fear those who identify themselves as homosexual. I am not “homophobic,” if that is what the word means. But I do fear for an evangelicalism that has become far more concerned with avoiding the charge of homophobia than with speaking to the issue of homosexuality with moral clarity that is rooted in the unambiguous teaching of Scripture.
I fear for the fact that nothing shocks me anymore.