The End of Evangelicalism?
“Gay marriage is the turning point for Christendom. There is finally a lever that will cause the rockslide to cover us. The hatred of those who oppose this disunion will foment until revenge has made dissent silent. Christianity will be hated over this matter or it will lose all resemblance to the historic faith.” A comment from Babylons Dread.
The announcement yesterday that World Vision would hire people involved in same sex marriages drew a swift and very negative response from traditional Christians all over the media.
The blogosphere in particular exploded, with scathing commentaries on World Visions stance from many well known evangelical leaders.
The backlash to those commentaries from liberals and progressive Christians has been intense.
This snippet of conversation represented the feelings of many I follow on Twitter;
What is interesting to me is how the debate has been framed and how it is morphing today.
Yesterday, it was about “Christians” who “hate” gays and lesbians vs. children in need.
This morning the target has been narrowed and “evangelicals” are in the crosshairs.
Overnight, over 2000 children have lost World Vision sponsorships.
I have questions…
Could we have taken a stand on this issue (now and from the beginning) that was more Gospel centered and avoided much of the anger and enmity we are receiving now?
How much of our moral authority have we forfeited by not holding to our own standards so very often?
Is this the tipping point culturally that brings persecution?