Allow me a moment to do something I rarely do and that is reblog someone else's post. I have a large Facebook following, so usually, if there is an article which I hope people will find interesting/convicting/thought-provoking/inspiring, I share it on my Facebook wall.
(Don't get me wrong: I appreciate every single all of you who read my posts here at #thereyougothinkingagain.)
But this is an important section of an outstanding article written by Summer White at Sheologians in response to Jonathan Merritt's hit piece on hit pieces against Jen Hatmaker. (Whew.)
I'll link Merritt's piece because I think it's helpful to see a huge, whopping dose of bad logic every once in a while. You know, cleans out the pores and empties the sinuses.
Summer's response is witty and, as she says, sassy, and addresses all the faulty thinking of Merritt's post and Hatmaker's position. But it's her hard stance on how to love your neighbor that gets the rare reblog from me. Read the whole article here, but if you don't have time for the whole piece, please read this:
There is a reason that doctrine is important. I cannot and I will not stand quietly by while people are being hurt. Because for all of Hatmaker’s calls for love and respect, she is not, in any sense of the word, loving those who identify as gay or lesbian. She is not loving them. Do you hear me, Christian? She is not loving them. She may have a way with words and oh her pen just frolics dandily across the page with ease but she is NOT loving her neighbor when she tells them that their homosexual “marriage” can be “holy”. And she is not, as Merritt asserts, merely differing with us supposedly angry evangelicals. She is denying the truth. She is denying the healing balm of the Gospel to those ensnared in sin.
She is lying to those who call themselves gay. She is not doing the hard thing—she is doing the easy thing. The world wants you to believe that it is “nice” to let people be, but it is not. It is the Gospel, the one revealed through the entire counsel of Scripture, that saves. Our God—not this man-made, namby-pamby, go-with-the-flow, pie-in-the-sky, “nice” God—is Healer, Comforter, Redeemer. It is our God, the one revealed in Scripture, that is the most loving God. He’s the only real God. He’s the only true God. And He will not be mocked. He designed you. He made you. And he knows what is best. If you really love your neighbor, do not lie to them. Do not leave them in their sin. The stove is hot and they’re about to lay their hand on it. Hatmaker is standing quietly by and telling you it’s okay to touch it. Is that “nice”? Do we really want to redefine that kind of behavior as “loving”?
I know mothers whose children struggle with same-sex attraction: these women tell me they weep when they see popular "evangelicals" pronounce God's acceptance of behavior that is listed in Scripture as deadly for the body as well as the soul. These moms wonder if it ever occurs to such Christian celebrities -- who so bravely dive in to swim with the crowd -- that there are men and women who hate the inclinations of same-sex attraction that they struggle against and who beg God to remove it from them. For some, the darkest moments of their lives are when they wonder if they can go on fighting this battle 24-7 or when the whispers of affirmation and cuddles promised begin to echo more alluringly in their ears.
On behalf of these mothers -- and their truly courageous children, Summer, thank you for speaking out against fake love. Thank you for calling out those who act like other people's sin is a spectator sport, as if the virtue signalling credits that can be gained from such "brave" stances are worth the lives destroyed.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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