Mark Osler offered a Christian case for gay marriage. Al Mohler tried to pretend that he and others like him focus equally on adultery, injustice, and other issues along with homosexuality, as well as citing the account of Peter’s vision in Acts without realizing that the claim that the ritual code of the Jewish Law was being set aside was embraced by Christians before those writings in which the case was made were considered Scripture. Fred Clark offered a response to Mohler that highlights the real message of Peter’s vision in Acts, thus exposing one of many problems with Mohler’s reasoning. Jim West accused Mohler and the SBC of abandoning their Baptist heritage.
IF the essence of Jesus is summed up in words that John’s Gospel attributes to him, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly,” then our choice is clear. Homophobia diminishes life; it does not make it more abundant. It must be ended; it cannot be tolerated.