Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Responding to the SCOTUS Decision and a Quickly Changing Cultural Landscape

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, the church, and individual Christians, will face a variety of challenges. As I mentioned on Sunday in a message on Ephesians 5:22-33, we must be people of Christian conviction AND people of Christlike kindness. Not either/or; both/and.

As we seek to faithfully follow Jesus and speak the truth in love, we will need help to think and speak with clarity, wisdom, and grace. So, let me direct your attention to several helpful resources.

Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (of the Southern Baptist Convention). I can't recommend his work too highly. I'm so glad God has raised up this voice for the church in our day. You'll find his website full of good resources on all kinds of issues. I'd suggest you subscribe to his blog so you can have his posts delivered to your email box (scroll down near the bottom on the right hand side and enter your email under where it says, "subscribe by email").

Some of his recent posts on the topic have been excellent:
Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage
How should you talk to your children about same-sex marriage?
The sexual revolution's coming refugee crisis

Kevin DeYoung is a pastor and author who is also a great gift to our generation. I can highly recommend just about everything he writes. He's written a number of helpful books. Most recently he wrote What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality. As we, the church, need to ensure we have clear, biblically informed convictions on these issues, this book is a great place to start.

He's also posted some helpful thoughts of late:
But what does the Bible say?
40 questions for Christians now waving rainbow flags

The Desiring God blog is also a great source of encouragement and wisdom on lots of issues. Here are a few of their contributions to this topic of late:
Voddie Bauckham addresses the question, "Is Gay Now the New Black?"
John Piper wrote, "So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity"  

There's a whole lot more, but that's probably more than most of you will check out. That said, we will be wrestling with this one for awhile, and we need to do so wisely and graciously. The links above have one thing in common. They represent the both/and of conviction and kindness. May our responses be characterized by the same Christlike combination.

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