My Person of the Week this week, is gay. We may disagree on some things, but we certainly agree on others! And kudos to him, for he speaks up though he is in a minority.
He’s a writer named Jonathan Rauch, and I read about him a couple of days ago…
[He] has criticized what he deems as the “absolutist” attitude of many gay activists toward those who disagree with them.
Rauch called on them to “dial back the accusations of ‘bigot’ and ‘hater.’” More importantly, he called for them to “accept legal exceptions that let religious organizations discriminate against gays whenever their doing so imposes a cost [gays] can live with.”
Rauch acknowledges that Christians are right when they argue that same-sex marriage could result in churches having to choose between complying with the law or following Christian teaching.
While Rauch obviously disagrees with us, he understands that our concerns are genuine.
Obviously, the Christian response to homosexuals has not always been the loving one that it should be. And I don’t believe saying that they can do whatever they want as long as they don’t flaunt it, is the loving response–because God wants what is best for them. And of course, everything you do does effect others, whether it’s done in secret or not. However, it’s difficult, I find, to try and rescue someone from something that they believe is totally NOT wrong; and when I put myself in their shoes, it’s easy to understand why they seem to be easily offended. Do you use “tough love”, or a slow, gentle persuasion? Depends on the person and situation, I’m sure. The thing to start with of course, is prayer!
Now, for those issues that are a lot less serious than this one, be sure to remember Paul’s instructions:
“What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters.” (Romans 14:6-7)