Taking Issue with a Comment by Dr. Mohler

Dr R. Albert Mohler Jr, president of Southern Baptist seminary, weighed in on the on-going debate on the blog on whether Christians should be supportive of same sex marriage.  Not surprisingly, he argues against it and says that the purity laws of the Old Testament don’t apply to Christians but that the Biblical witness against homosexual behavior goes beyond the purity laws.  None of this is surprising and I wouldn’t even comment on it but he chose to write the following paragraph:

“Why are Christians so concerned with homosexuality?  In the first place, the question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral issue of our times.  Christians must be concerned about adultery, pornography, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone signs with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never about adultery or pornography, it is about homosexuality.”

I find this astounding.  We live in an age where the human race can literally destroy itself if weapons fall into the wrong hands.  We live in an age where we are outstripping the planet of its resources faster than it can replenish itself.  We live in an age where we are very dependent on a non-renewable energy source.  We live in an age where children are dying of diseases that could easily be prevented in the third world.  We live in a nation where, while being the wealthiest on the planet, we have more children living in poverty than at any point in recent times.  We live in an age where obesity has become almost epidemic and clean water is becoming increasingly hard to find.  We live in an age where whether we are able to care for our elderly is increasingly problematic.  We live in a society where retirements and pensions are becoming a thing of the past and for many, they will need to work as long as they can make it into the office.

I could keep going but in the midst of all this, Dr. Mohler finds the most compelling issue of our time to be homosexuality. The other sins he lists are also largely individual struggles.  He is confusing what reporters are finding interesting to what is truly important.

Whatever we think about personal morality, we need to grow beyond thinking of morality on such an individualistic level and our common faith needs to speak to how we live as a species.  God, in the Bible, speaks to a people far more often than he speaks to individuals.  We need to think of what God is calling us to do together much more than we are.

What do you think?

Until next time,

Tom Paine


4 thoughts on “Taking Issue with a Comment by Dr. Mohler

  1. Well said, Tom. I don’t know why I am always dumbfounded when Christian preachings take a stance in very un-Christian manners.

    1. Diane, I so tire of hearing people representing the church being ungraceful and also focusing on something that they have no personal stake in. I always think of the church leaders in the 1960s out in front of their churches breaking Beatles records – as if they would have been listening to the Beatles in the first place. They probably took their children’s Beatles albums to break! 🙂

  2. Tom our times are very much like the 1st century in so many ways. When Christianity started out and spread through out the Roman world and beyond they called all people to follow Jesus Christ, through/with repentance and faith. We seem to forget our roots as we try to reach our generation. If the one sin becomes the focus/message then Jesus gets sidelined as a #2 issue.

    1. Fred, I so agree! I can draw the parallel with gambling. I don’t think gambling is a good use of money. I think it can be used in much more productive ways. But if every time someone talked to me, all they asked me about was about gambling – I would start saying, “No comment” because I wouldn’t want the church to be defined by my thoughts on gambling (yet if that is the only thing people outside of the church ever read me talking about, they would think my thoughts on the topic defined me). We all have thoughts on individual morality and when an individual comes to us with something they are struggling with, we need to share what we think God calls us to do. But we put ourselves in a corner (and dilute the Biblical witness) if all we end up doing is make the Christian faith about some personal and private morality code. We turn Jesus’ message into that of the pharisees.

      We very much need for the focus/message of Jesus to be our focus/message again.

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