DAILYKENN.com -- Kenn's Law #75 says, Be on the right side of liberty; not the right side of history.
What applies to libertarians also applies to Christians.
Chasing the elusive dream of remaining relevant seems to be the objective of some Christian leaders. That is, where society goes, the church follows.
That misdirection is seen in the apparent mindset of former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell.
As Western culture becomes more tolerant of the homosexual lifestyle, religious leaders feel Christians must do the same or lose their street creds.
Bell, for example, said the American church is moments away from embracing gay marriage. "It's inevitable," he said.
Bell offered his assessment to Oprah Winfrey.
"I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life," according to Christianpost.com.
The syllogism follows this pattern:
• To win converts the church must remain relevant.
• To remain relevant the church must mesh with society's moral norms.
• Therefore, to win converts the church must agree with society's moral norms.
That begs the question: If the church agrees with society, what's the point of making converts? There's no need for conversion from one to the other. They're already in agreement.
The word "light" is mentioned 309 times in the King James Bible. It frequently presents light as an analogy of spiritual truth contrasting with the darkness of human depravity.
In my mind the efforts of Christian leaders like Bell to remain socially relative is an argument against Christianity. What makes Christianity relevant is its contrast to social norms or, as Jesus said, "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house" [Matthew 5:15]
Bell and those who agree him are discarding 2,000 years of spiritual truth to blend in and be relative. We wonder if Bell would have done the same in Stalin's Soviet Union or Hitler's Nazi Germany.
Recall when you were inclined as a child to surrender to peer pressure? When your parents questioned the wisdom of your weird behavior, your response was, "Well, everybody's doing it!" You parents then responded, "If everybody jumped off a cliff, would you do the same?"
You were left with a quandary: You could (a) violate rationality to be accepted by the crowd (the social norm), or you could (b) apply your parents' wisdom and be the neighborhood nerd.
Bell effectively asking Christians to avoid — at all costs — the nerd perception.
Christians are left with two choices: They can adhere to to sola scriptura or they can follow Bell's brain farts.
Kenn's Law #11 says, We think God thinks what we think we think he should think.
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