Church Clarity’s “Explosive” Report
Provocatively titled “Sexuality, race, and gender: 3 explosive insights about America’s 100 largest churches” it tries to take on the appearance of some sort of bombshell report by the group “Church Clarity”.
While purporting to be a neutral research organization, Church Clarity is basically a LBGTQ advocacy group.
Jonathan Merritt is the reporter who tried to make Eugene Peterson an uneasy advocate of the same cause.
The “explosive insights” in the report were that 0% of the 100 biggest churches were gay affirming, 7% were led by a pastor of color, and 1% were led by women pastors.
These insights are about as explosive as shaking a can of soda once and pulling the tab.
I could have guessed the results and been close enough to come within a reasonable margin of error.
The church is supposed to be shocked and hide it’s head in shame over these disclosures.
Let me help with some real church clarity.
What the LGBTQ folks refuse to respect is that the church is 2000 years old and has a moral ethos grounded in Scripture and tradition that defines certain behaviors as sin.
Because the prevailing culture does not recognize sin at all doesn’t mean that religious institutions must now change to suit them.
Churches can dispense with that theological moral tradition if they choose to do so… most do not so choose.. .and last time I checked we have religious freedom in this country to do either.
If the issue was that gay people needed “safe” places to worship, the truth is that there is no lack of such places.
There are many gay affirming churches in this country…and they are mostly empty.
Thus, I suspect there is a different agenda at play.
I affirm the place of women in all ministries of the church…but again, I understand that there is an ancient theological tradition that does not.
I can respect that tradition while choosing to affirm women in all ministries in my own circles.
The one place that I do believe changes should come is in bringing more opportunities to people of color in the church.
It won’t happen just because you lump them in with other parts of an agenda that is not informed by theology or tradition.
In conclusion, this is not a report, it’s pure propaganda…and someone needed to say so.