When I first became a Christian, I remember having serious questions about many social issues. Sometimes my especially difficult inquiries were met, not with historical proofs or apologetic reasoning, but with the flustered response “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” There was a time when that response would satisfy. A time when many in this country were on the same page regarding worldview. That time is over.
Biblical faith is not the absence of content. On the contrary, biblical faith calls us to follow a God who has revealed Himself to us and whose laws and ways are grounded in the realities of the world He created. The response of “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it,” can cheat us out of a deeper understanding of God’s character, goodness, and design for our lives. There is a rational behind His principles.
When it comes to engaging culture today, nowhere does this matter more than on the issue of homosexuality. In the Fall 2012 Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, John Piper writes:
…whether we want to make [homosexuality] a frontline issue or not, increasingly it is. …“There is no demilitarized zone in the homosexual debate.” Pastors must address it. In fact, virtually everyone who communicates with mainstream cultural folk must address it.
The argument against Christianity today is not epistemological but moral. Christianity is rejected not because it is badly argued, or untrue, but because it is evil. And it is evil because it opposes homosexual practice.
…at least in major metropolitan areas, the issue of homosexuality ranks near the top of the reasons people reject Christianity… https://www.cbmw.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/JBMW-Fall-12-Complete.pdf
If Piper is right, do you know what that means, friends? No more heads in the sand. No more wishing the issue away. No more withdrawing into a sanitized bubble. If that is our course of action, we will resign ourselves to irrelevancy and give our children a faith that cannot withstand trials.
Non-Christians have no interest in simply “what the Bible says.” They want honest answers to honest questions, if they are asking at all.
Skeptics are attracted by content-heavy answers giving support to God’s truth. And for maximum credibility, these words must be spoken by one who is living out the difficult principles of scripture.
Share these blog posts. And begin to use this information to engage your world. Serve those with whom you disagree on this issue. Take the initiative to reach out to them. Ever-increasingly, this is THE social issue on which we must be informed. Just knowing the Bible is not enough to reach this culture. Our methodology must bring credibility to spiritual truth.