A friend of mine from seminary wrote about one reason gay marriage will be legalized in the United States.
[One] study found that 91% of young non-Christians and 80% of young churchgoers say Christianity is appropriately described as “anti-homosexual.”
Why on earth would this emerging generation have such a perception of the church? Perhaps we’ve earned it. How many local churches can truly say that they have loved homosexuals in the true sense? I’m not speaking of the popular definition of love, which is synonymous with unfettered acceptance of an active homosexual lifestyle (which is clearly contrary to the Christian lifestyle). I’m speaking of the kind of love that welcomes sinners into a community of sinners, all desperately in need of the Gospel, all growing in grace, all mutually accountable and mutually encouraging as we all flee from sin. Further, perhaps, after decades of preferring dictation of our moral values via legislation to the inculcation of Christian morality via observance of the great commission we’ve presented ourselves as an American political entity, rather than the bearers of the words of life. In this we have committed a terrible sin. Laws do not change people, the Gospel does – and we’ve settled for the former.
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