Brilliantly simple Op-Ed in Christianity Today by Alan. Here is a quote from the introduction of the two page article:
Everyone is clamoring for the No. 1 spot in the great gay Christian debate. For some, it isn’t enough that people hold to a traditional, conservative, and biblical sexual ethic; they also want to emphasize that homosexual sexual expression is more egregious than other sexual sins and deserves greater judgment and eternal consequence.
Others demand that there are no scriptural mandates limiting homosexual sexual expression for believers. While most of us would never even question heterosexual sexual ethics, some seem fine with making special exceptions for the gay or lesbian person.
I find the arguments above exhausting. They are never-ending, one-dimensional, and somewhat pointless in the grand scheme of things. In the words of my 7-year-old, “That argument is so last year.” Out of the mouths of babes.
None of this is rocket science. I am not a Bible scholar (though I greatly appreciate them and their role in my life and in this discussion), but I am a believer in the one true Christ and nothing gets more attention or time in my life than him. While “theologian” isn’t in my title, I do take studying God’s Word seriously and read it more than any other book. So, as others identify as Wesleyan Arminian Christians, Calvinist Christians, Anabaptist Christians, gay or ex-gay Christians, I have to admit I am just, simply, irrevocably, a Christian. I am not smart enough and don’t have enough time to know how those other labels would fit or serve me or those to whom I have been called to minister.
Let’s get to the point. According to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life [emphasis mine].” It is this verse that the majority of end-zone evangelists use to win people to Jesus. No one in Christendom—to my knowledge—is up in arms about this common practice or commonly used verse. And, while I don’t hear anyone in recent days arguing over who can come to Christ, I do hear plenty of people arguing who can stay in him.
Please, go read the whole piece. It’s fantastic.