Things I Think
1. As I said over the weekend, the simple truth that no one wants to say out loud is that most people agree with Phil Robertson ‘s basic view of homosexuality. The second (and most important thing) that no one wants to say out loud is that people are sick and tired of being forced to pretend they accept something they don’t.
2. In a pluralistic society “tolerance” is a necessary virtue. “Tolerance” does not mean “wholesale acceptance”. It is also necessary that the people and views I “tolerate” in turn “tolerate” mine when they differ within the limits of the law, or there really is no “tolerance” at all. Rick Warren said it best; “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense.You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
3. Why do most people agree with Robertson? General revelation.
4. If holding a biblical view of homosexuality makes you a “homophobe”, then are people who oppose that view “Christiaphobes’?
5. “And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends.”(Job 42:10 ESV). Cause and effect?
6. The more I study the life of Luther the less I like him as a person and the more grateful I am for the grace of God who uses flawed vessels to do all of His work…including that which I’m involved in.
7. One of those ads is an open door for hackers that I need to close…I’m hoping it’s the one with a toilet.
8. The more you study church history the more you understand that when the church leaves it’s place of speaking truth to power and desires instead to share the power, the church ceases to speak anything that power doesn’t want to hear.
9. The “Duck Dynasty” scandal actually laid the ground for a counter revolution against the silencing of the ethics of the common man…we’ll see if any of our “leaders” pick this up and run with it.
10. The issue of homosexuality needs to be addressed with immense biblical grace, compassion, and discernment. However, it’s hard to have those kind of conversations when one side is unwilling to be as “tolerant” as they are demanding others to be. Forced tolerance isn’t tolerance at all…it’s something far more dangerous.