Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has become one of the go-to fundamentalists of our age. If you need a quote defending creationism or explaining how progressives aren’t really Christian, he’s your guy.
So it was surprising to here that on Jim Daly’s Focus on the Family radio broadcast, Mohler accepted that gay marriage will soon become “normalized, legalized, and recognized.”
Right Wing Watch caught it. You can hear the audio at their site, but they’ve also provided a transcript:
Daly: Do you think, as we look at those demographics and the polling data and all the other things, as the Christian community, is the something that is inevitable? I know this is a tough question here on Christian radio but I think it’s time to start talking about what if.
Mohler: Well Jim I appreciate your candor in that because I think a lot of Christian conservatives are going to try to deny the obvious. I mean, when we talk about same-sex marriage, we talk about something that is already legal in one form or another in basically twelve states. So whether they call it marriage, as they do in a few states, or marriage lite as they have now in twelve states, the reality is that a good number of Americans are living where they’re already facing not just the inevitably, but the reality of same-sex marriage. I think it’s clear that something like same-sex marriage – indeed, almost exactly what we would envision by that – is going to become normalized, legalized, and recognized in the culture. It’s time for Christians to start thinking about how we’re going to deal with that.
I think in the United States, Evangelical Christians in particular, have kind of grown accustomed to having our beliefs and moral convictions and ways of life supported by the state, by the larger culture and we’re going to have to learn what it means to live faithfully as Christians when we do not have those supports. You know, it’s one thing to live believing that you’re in the majority position – everything comes pretty easy that way …
Daly: A Christian nation.
Mohler: That’s right. But when you live in a situation where we’re clearly a minority holding to certain convictions that the larger culture either doesn’t hold or doesn’t hold tenaciously or very important, we’re going to find out just where we stand as Christians.
This is probably the best we can hope for. But although Mohler has some clout, I don’t think we can expect all of his allies to accept minority status. Candace Chellew-Hodge has an article explaining how many others are doubling down in their opposition.