“If God made me then why wouldn’t he accept me as I am? Did he make a mistake? If so, then your God is not perfect, right?”
This is a real question that I fielded recently from a young millennial. The answer seems easy to those who are awakened by the Spirit of God, but the answer is also deeper, deeper within the love of God and who the Godhead is. I love these conversations and as we spoke, the discussion morphed into how the modern church will “have” to accept the gay lifestyle. These questions don’t baffle me, nor did they mystify the early church.
If you live in Western society, you will quickly see the influence that liberal progressivism is having upon some within the evangelical church. The thought of sin and salvation is being viewed as a prehistoric dinosaur. The LGBTQ alphabet soup of everything-is-to-be-accepted, which is supposed to be hipster and cool, will infiltrate and change the church, so says Rob Bell. This isn’t so much a critique of Mr. Bell’s views of evangelical doctrine, but his views are one that is increasingly becoming more popular.
In his interview with famed TV Star Oprah, Bell stated, “One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness. Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It’s central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with.”
I would agree with Bell. Don’t get me wrong, I, along with others, believe that Bell is an intelligent guy, but so were Schleiermacher, Bultmann, and Darwin (who all held seminary degrees). It’s not intellect that I disagree with; it’s his harmartiological view. Assuredly, as Bell notes, humanity yearns for connectedness and relationships. This is nothing new; when we prosecute murderers and those who refuse to cooperate with society, we place them in solitary confinement; we do the same with our children, “Go to timeout,” we say. But this is the problem with Bell, and the myriads of other evangelical leaders who yield to sin, compromise, and acceptance, as being loving.
This type of acceptance reminds me of when frogs plagued Egypt, and Moses asked the Pharaoh when he would have him to entreat God to take away the frogs, and he responded, “Tomorrow” (Exodus 8:10). Why not today? Why not now? Because living with sin for another day is acceptable. It’s acceptable because it appeals to the flesh. And the view of tolerance appeals to our desire for connectedness and self-worth, especially when we consider the alternative—which is the conviction of wrongdoing.