In his post, Pastor Randy provides his views on the Nashville Statement and some (not all) of the criticism of it. Specifically, he comments on a post written by John Pavlovitz. Pastor Randy’s complaint is that some people, like Pavlovitz, are too ready to call the people who disagree with them haters.
Over a year ago I wrote a post commenting on Pavlovitz’s views on the Bible (=> https://citizentom.com/2016/01/24/observations-on-a-liberal-christian/). I think Pavlovitz’s views on the Bible are terribly confused. Drama? That he is good at. Logic? I wish I had seen more evidence of it.
Anyway, in my post on the Nashville Statement (=> https://citizentom.com/2017/09/03/of-friendly-fire-and-misplaced-sympathy/), I responded to the views of some Christians who don’t affirm the LGBTQ “lifestyle”, but they still see the Nashville Statement as judgemental. These people fear the Nashville Statement is some kind of unprovoked assault on the LGBTQ community. I think their concerns illustrate the power of the mass media to caricature any group it opposes. The ministers who endorsed the Nashville Statement generally have better things to do than hate people who are seriously confused about their sexual identity, but that does not fit the news media’s narrative. Unfortunately, it is easy to take the news media too seriously.
In his post, Pastor Randy criticizes the diatribes of hatred coming from some Christians who oppose the Nashville Statement. Some of these, like Pavlovitz, have seen fit to affirm the LGBTQ “lifestyle”, a lifestyle choice the Bible obviously condemns.
With the people Pastor Randy is talking about, dialogue will be very difficult. When people start calling you hateful and putting their own words in your mouth, they are not listening, and they have no real interest in doing so.
OK, I admit it. Sometimes I don’t keep up with all the current events. The past 7 days, though, I have a good, a very good excuse. But then, don’t we all? Well, I feel like mine has some merit. Last Wednesday I had a heart ablation from which I am recovering very well. Then there’s this thing called HARVEY. As our tribe’s (some call them denominations) Disaster Response & Recovery Coordinator there is much work I have to do in this role as a Bond Servant of Jesus.
This morning I checked my Twitter feed and was seeing all this stuff about The Nashville Statement. It was a diatribe of hate, so I decided to read it for myself rather than read what others said about. I know, how dumb can I be! Wanting to read it for myself rather than trust all those progressive voices telling me…
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