I’ve been told, time and time again, that the Christian Church must accept homosexuality and gay marriage, in order to be acceptable to the culture. But the moment that we care more about culture than the truth, we have forsaken our Christian calling.
Alexander Griswold has written a piece touching on this issue, and this is how he starts it:
By now, we’ve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue.
These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isn’t so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people away from church, but that embracing it will also lead people into church. LGBT individuals and their supporters, many of whom hold a dim view of religion after a decades-long culture war, will reconsider church if denominations remove their restrictions on gay marriage and ordination.
But a number of Christian denominations have already taken significant steps towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.
Do read the rest of the article, if you are a member of the Episcopal/Anglican church, Lutheran church, United Church of Christ (Uniting church here in Australia), Presbyterian Church, Orthodox and the rest…….