Do you think that Christian leaders who
publicly support same sex marriage, gay rights, etc., should be pushed out of the closet?
Last fall, I publicly affirmed gay marriage as a Christian and biblically virtuous lifestyle. Of course, not all Christians agree with me. But some do. In fact, some Christian leaders do.
Last weekend I was on the phone with one such leader (don’t even try to guess). He supports gay couples in his congregation — he’s a pastor — and he answers questions honestly when asked. But he also knows that as his influence rises (speaking, book deals, etc.), he’ll suffer consequences for telling the truth.
Another friend of mine who has never made a public pronouncement on the issue of homosexuality recently had a two-book deal nixed by a publisher, in large part on the issue of homosexuality. When he asked them to point to one instance of his positioning on this issue, they could not. But they said it was enough that he hadn’t spoken out against homosexuality and that he hung around people (ahem) who do support gay marriage.
And yet other Christian leaders on the progressive side of evangelicalism consistently tap dance when asked about homosexuality. Because, you see, if they indicate in any way that they’re softening on the issue, they’ll get Ciziked.
And then, goodbye Zondervan, Baker, and Thomas Nelson. So long Q, Catalyst, and NPC. See you later Origins.