A Sign of the Times

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),

or

– 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.

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3 Responses to A Sign of the Times

  1. arajrao says:

    We have to pray profusely. The times we live in demand it. I’ve started praying for revival. Someone said that this is the only thing that can bring a turnaround in this nation. That said… getting back to the above.

    I think that some Christians think that if we take a revisionist route through Scripture and Doctrine, and that we will be able to find a via media that will be a new settling point… and we can all be happy.

    Here is what seems to have happened in India… in print anyway.

    The revisionists came out and said that (1) there is good in other religions and we take what is good there, (2) There are seeds of the divine in other religions. Somehow Christianity was the fulfillment of other religions and (3) salvation could be found in other religions through those religions.

    Now, you would think that a lot of non-Xtns there would look at Christians and be happy at these ecumenical and tolerant statements. No. Not quite.

    If they slapped the Exlusivist with the open hand for making his exclusive claims, then they turned right around slapped the Inclusivist / Pluralist with the back-hand for making his set of claims. (Actually it was more like a punch and yes it hurt!) These guys thought that they would be accepted with open arms. How wrong they were.

    To (1) they replied, “In taking the good, does that mean, you leave the bad?”
    To (2) they said “Why not say Hinduism is the fulfillment of Xnty instead?”
    To (3) they asked “Why convert then?” Gandhi even told people to go back to their countries? Weren’t there problems back home? Leave us alone.*

    My point is this. Revisionism / Liberalism will never attain to a new via media where we can all live in peace. It will only give so much mileage. In due time, the changes and accommodations made will simply not be enough. Ultimately it will lead to one being asked to drop ALL of Christianity, not just a part of it or … they will be viewed as intolerant or X,Y, Z-phobic or whatever…

    God Bless and as I said, the times demand much prayer!
    ~ Raj Rao
    *BTW, Have you read the article on Gandhi recently in the WSJ?
    This also relates to your comments on phobias:
    http://www.frankfuredi.com/index.php/site/article/6/

  2. Hi Raj,

    Thanks for your comment. I have not read the WSJ piece, but I did read something else recently that argued that the movie about Gandhi is a very distorted picture of the real man. He was not quite the saint that popular culture has made him, the author argued.

    I agree completely that the liberal strategy of accommodation only results in more accommodation until one has “accommodated” away the farm.

  3. Raj Rao says:

    Hello Aaron,
    I believe you teach in a high school, so I am sending this to you to look at:

    http://www.thelocal.se/33576/20110504/

    Sweden is a bell weather country. What happens there will happen elsewhere soon enough. Xtn schools should be aware of these sorts of issues and prepare for them.

    Do me a favor and delete this post after you read it as it does quite track with the issue above.

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