What will be the terms of our surrender? – an Op-ed by Ross Douthat and Commentary by Denny Burk

Denny Burke (4 min read; 909 words) gives a summary of, and commentary on, Ross Douthat’s (3 min read; 791 words) op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times.

Denny thinks that Ross has described the sad state of affairs about “same-sex marriage” accurately (and I agree).  Denny only takes exception with one of Ross’s points (and I agree with Denny on this as well).

I would also go a step further with Denny’s exception.  Ross writes near the end:

I am being descriptive here, rather than self-pitying. Christians had plenty of opportunities – thousands of years’ worth – to treat gay people with real charity, and far too often chose intolerance.

While there is no doubt that Christians need to repent, I do not at all accept Ross’s implication that the current state of affairs is “payback” for Christians failing to treat homosexuals with real charity.   On this point, Ross himself is conceding to the LGBT narrative of history.  He even embraces the term “gay,” demonstrating capitulation to the sanctioning purpose of a euphemism.  As Christians, our sins stem from our hypocrisy about the sanctity of marriage and sexual purity.  We have tolerated all sorts of sexual sins among ourselves.  That’s the reason for the sad state of current affairs – not our attitude toward a certain type of sexual sinner.  In other words, Ross seems to be suggesting that since we have been sinful, we should give a pass to others who are sinful.  That just results in a lower standard for all.   I am saying that since we have been sinful, we ought to have repented and ceased being sinful.

To state the point in yet another way, the problem has not been that we have been intolerant of sin in others but rather that we have been tolerant of it in ourselves.

This exception aside, Ross has stated well just how badly we have lost.  Remember, therefore, that we will yet overcome if we fully repent, turning whole-heartedly toward the Lord who calls us to purity of thought and life.  Let us seek His disinfecting light to cleanse us from all impurity, and then there will be a light in us to which the world can eventually turn.

What will be the terms of our surrender? | Denny Burk.

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