While our freedoms still remain, we have already witnessed in the church a growing temptation to compromise on biblical anthropology and sexual ethics. Many of the ideologies of the culture have already found a place in many quarters of the Christian church in an attempt toward cultural acceptance. Movements such as Side B Christianity have attempted to forge a middle way by adopting an identity in unnatural desire, such as being a gay Christian, so long as the desires are not carried out. I suspect that in the coming years, especially as freedoms wane, we will witness a much wider acceptance of sexual perversions as permissible “Christian” behavior, championed in the name of love.
a way forward
There have been many helpful assessments explaining the problem, but Christians are left feeling that we have little direction in how to handle a worldwide movement that is completely incompatible with the Christian faith. The most important question for Christians at this moment is how to remain faithful to Scripture on these issues without compromising the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
The Christian church must demonstrate the fearlessness of Daniel, who prayed three times daily when he was commanded to be silent. We must hear the call that God gave to Joshua: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). Most importantly, Christians should follow their Lord, who demonstrated unwavering commitment to tell people the truth in the promotion of righteousness, even as the cross loomed in the background as a consequence. Remember, our commitment to follow Christ has always come with the promise of the world’s hatred (John 15:18).
The perennial question that Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), is of supreme importance. Christians who are truly committed to following Jesus Christ remain duty-bound to answer any challenge to their faith by holding, without compromise, the living Word of God as the answer for people living in darkness. Christians are called to be truth-tellers, and our situation requires telling people the truth about creation, anthropology, and the goodness of God’s created order.
Truth telling in our generation will be needed at the most basic points of departure from God’s creative handiwork, even to the point of preferred pronouns. Some have argued that answering a man or a woman with his or her preferred pronoun is a vocabulary choice. After Obergefell and Bostock codified these ideologies into law, however, it is clear that we are being called to serve an idolatry of false personhood that is contrary to what God requires of us in making us in His image. We cannot support this idolatry. God requires that we love Him and our neighbor by affirming how He created us, as male or female. Yes, this will require great wisdom in how we conduct ourselves before the world, but telling the truth is at the heart of the Christian’s purpose on this earth.