On Eugene Peterson
Lord help those of us who love Eugene Peterson.
Long time readers here will know that I have been a staunch defender of Peterson and a grateful student of his works.
There won’t be enough time in the day to defend him from his legion of enemies now, even if one wanted to.
I can’t agree with our modern day sage on this matter…as my mentor said with concision, we (the church) can’t overturn two thousand years of Christian teachings and tradition on sexual morality because the culture changes.
None of us have that right.
Scripture, tradition, and reason stand against such.
Peterson here is not making an argument for his position, but showing his heart…which has always been pastoral.
He’s undoubtedly known folks who were gay that appeared to be walking in faith and it is those relationships that defined his thoughts.
This is an apologetic that is not foreign to me…I have those friends too.
It is, however, a faulty apologetic.
I disagree with him, but I can’t and won’t condemn him.
I do wish he had been more careful and thoughtful with his words.
The tragedy here is that the vast amount of spiritual wisdom that Peterson has provided over the years will now be tainted by this short statement in response to a gay affirming reporter.
Those who have always despised him will use this as proof of their righteousness in slandering him and those who might have found help in his works may never read them at all.
Whenever his work is recommended, his position will be used as a caveat to it’s reading.
Peterson will now be defined by this statement, by this one issue that has consumed us.
I’m not moving his books to a lower shelf.
History will treat him better than we will…when this issue has shrunk to its proper size.