*Comment originally aired on Stand to Reasons ‘The Bible on Homosexuality’ blog
“You create a line of reasoning, then accuse every Christian who follows it of being in a gray area. Can you not see the fantastic, implausible nature of your assertion here?” (Hawkins)
The line of reason is created by reality – an observable phenomenon we can see on blogs, at churches, in rallies, etc. The line of reasoning is not really an assumption, but a fact. I am asserting clearly Christians are in a ‘gray area’ as to conduct towards gay people. That’s not really that implausible is it?
Christians (in general) are indeed struggling with how to treat a gay person in their community. How accepted should they be? How rejected should they be? This in turn creates the ‘gray area’ of conduct towards these individuals – depending on what side of the measuring stick you fall on – more accepting or more rejecting.
For example, can a gay person struggle with this ‘sin’ their whole life and still be an accepted and even authoritative member of their Christian community? Now I mean, can they come in at the age of 21, being gay, and still struggle with this sin their whole life (ie: 70 years old) and be accepted as just another member of the Christian family?
“I am concerned this is may not even be a consideration. We are in (and have been for some time) the midst of a cultural phenomenon where “sin” is considered an outdated, obsolete way of describing human behavior of any kind” (Hawkins)
I am all for sin being described as sin, the semantics of this gay idea is not the problem.
I have a question though about defining ‘sin’. Can someone commit a ‘sin’ if they do not have to ability to choose?