How far will our churches go in order to preserve so-called “Biblical” values?
I have said it before – that in the future, churches will have a very real choice to make about how they treat a growing population of young people that identify as gay.
That day has come.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched the commentaries and predictions trickle out about how churches will react to the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow gay youth members (the alternative has been to retroactively and horrifyingly strip boys of their awards after coming out). The consensus among prominent evangelical leaders such as Dr. Richard Land seems to be that among the Baptists, the Assemblies of God, and other conservative wings of the church, there will be a “mass exodus.” Churches will stop sponsoring scouting units in protest of the new policy.
On the surface, I can see how an average evangelical might think this is justified. Homosexuality is supposedly not “Biblical,” after all. Being “Biblical” and thinking “Biblically” and having a “Biblical” worldview is always the great monolithic justification for churches acting this way.
But what it looks like to me? It looks like thousands of churches are finally going to announce – once and for all – that their priority is being Biblical churches, not Gospel churches.