Some helpful articles from the last week:
- Denny Burk writes about sexual orientation in, “Is Homosexual Orientation Sinful?”
I do not dispute that there is a legitimate distinction to be made between orientation and behavior. I do question, however, whether the Bible supports the notion that only homosexual behavior is sinful while homosexual orientation is not. Evangelicals would generally agree with Hollinger that homosexual orientation in some way stems from the Fall. But in what way? Does homosexual orientation comprise a natural evil only? Or is it also a moral evil? Is it something that primarily requires healing (like cancer), or is it something that requires vigilant repentance (like pride)? How we answer these questions has enormous pastoral implications for those brothers and sisters who experience same-sex attraction. What follows is my attempt to answer these questions biblically and to suggest some pastoral implications.
- Additionally, Jason Helopoulos exhorts his readers in, “Christians, Don’t Give Up on the Homosexuality Debate.”
The average Evangelical Christian continues to believe we should speak out against the acceptance of abortion in our culture. And the pro-abortion forces have been losing ground over the past five years. No doubt, much of that is due to the church’s resolve to stand against this agenda. However, it seems to me that in the past few years, Evangelical Christians in the United States have increasingly and passively grown in their acceptance of homosexuality. This should concern all of us.
- BBC News reported recently that “Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia.”
Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.
- John Dyer writes about “10 Years of Facebook.” Among his observations:
…the benefits and problems we attribute to Facebook are in many ways a reflection of the two sides of our humanity as the Scriptures portray it. Every thoughtful post, every beautiful image, every impactful campaign is rooted in the stamp of God’s image embedded on every Facebook account’s human. And every case of bullying, every self-focused rant, and every single game of Candy Crush betrays our brokenness and need for Christ to finish his work of redemption in us.
Facebook can be a convenient punching bag for all kinds of social ills, but it can also offer us a window into the struggles and beautifies of a human race who still bears God’s image and who is in need of a complete resurrection.
- David Murray offers “10 Reasons Why Abortion Rate is Down.” It’s not all good news.
- And finally, do you take your Bible for granted? Justin Taylor points to one example of people receiving a copy of the Scriptures for the first time: