OPINION: Pride month calls for response of joyful truth from Christians

Participants dance in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Participants dance in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – In case you failed to notice literally every major corporation changing its logo to a rainbow hue, June is now upon us, and that means 30 days of religious-like devotion to the gods of sexuality and identity politics – what our cultural powerbrokers refer to as “Pride” month.


If you’re anything like me, the ironies are too much not to note. A supposedly oppressed minority with every organ of cultural power at its disposal insists on its powerlessness. Meanwhile, just within the last week, a teacher in Virginia was suspended from his job for refusing to use a student’s preferred pronouns. “Inclusion,” we’re coming to see, stands for the very opposite when confronted with even respectful difference.


What might the response be to “Pride Month” for those who believe that Scripture is not only true, but good when it depicts true sexual freedom as the union of one man and one woman in marriage?


First, we should understand that Christianity has always held a distinct sexual ethic, especially in the days of the early church in Roman culture. The distinction is not the result of absurdity or irrationality, but a contrast of values when the Christian faith calls forth a higher vision for human sexuality than merely living according to one’s nerve endings and endorphins.


What we believe about sex has never been peripheral. It has always been a central aspect of our confession of Christ’s Lordship. God knit sexual design into the very fabric of creation, and it is our glad acceptance of that created order where humanity will prosper. Unless we boast in God’s design, we will be perennially on the defensive and unwilling to speak the truth. The truth is that regardless of what the culture says, homosexuality remains a sin. It signals a rejection of Scriptural authority, rejects God’s design for sexual pairing, dishonors the body, and nullifies the procreative purpose of sexual design (Genesis 1:26-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Ephesians 5:5).


Second, as an unceasing and unyielding LGBT movement confronts us, we must ask ourselves: Will we bend the knee to the gods of this age, or will we give the good confession of faith no matter the cost? We can either serve Christ or “Pride,” but not both. Time and time again, from countless examples, we see that capitulation on biblical ethics leads, inevitably, to the surrender of biblical doctrine. That’s why this is so important: Doctrine and ethics travel together. If we forfeit one, eventually, we’ll forfeit the other.


Why is it that people reject Christianity? Is it because they find the Trinity objectionable in our age? Or because Christianity dictates whom you can sleep with and how you want to identify? Are we willing to pay the price for standing by our convictions? To be a friend of the world is to be at enmity with God. I recently learned of a student of mine, an individual at the pinnacle of their career, who lost their job because they were unwilling to sacrifice their conscience for their paycheck when it came to sexual ethics. Are we prepared for that? Conformity happens because it’s easy. It’s easy to go with the flow of culture because it’s the path of least resistance. We must die to our need of being liked. We must die to people-pleasing and allow the pleasure of God to consume us.


Third, we need to remember the priority and uniqueness of Christian love. Christian love is not one of pure reciprocity, where I affirm you if you affirm me. The mushy “you do you” and “live your truth” ethic is the product of expressive individualism, a weaponized form of relativism that rejects all forms of moral duty outside the person’s own felt needs. Christian love, in contrast, is ordered to the truth, rejoices in the truth, and is the very essence of truth itself (1 Corinthians 13:6). When Christians proclaim the truth and beauty of God’s design, we do it out of love for our neighbor and this world, knowing that sexual sin never leads to flourishing, and abandoning God’s design for the family only further compromises society’s foundation. It is for redeeming love of sexual sinners, both you and me, that Christ came to die for us (John 3:16).


As American culture becomes ever more secular, it only strengthens my belief in the truthfulness and necessity of the Gospel and the Scriptures. I’m convinced that it is the total Christ – the Christ who is both compassionate and mighty in judgment – who is the answer to our cultural devolution. Full stop, no qualifications. As culture presses against the church, we must lean even deeper into our faith and its millennia-old teachings with unwavering confidence.


Christian, hold fast. Don’t budge. We need to trust that Scriptural teaching on sexuality is good and a source of human flourishing; that the Christian vision for sexuality furthers the common good. So have courage. Christ has overcome the world. The victory is His, and the witness is ours – that’s something to have real pride in.


Andrew T. Walker is associate professor of Christian ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Curtis Kenimer

Very good article and on point. I believe what is lost in al this discussion is that Christians have rights also. Anyone who is fired for following what the Bible says as if concerns sexuality or any other cultural issue, should have recourse in the court system and in the process, put employers on notice that they cannot trample on the rights of their employees who are Christians.

Friday, June 4
David Arvin

This article is hard hitting and exactly on point. However, Walker lost some of his gravitas by using the politically correct and grammatically wrong "they" and "their" when referring to one of his students.

Friday, June 4
Graysline

The author missed one point, God created man in His image, male and female.

What does "His Image" mean and include? That includes' intelligence, an inventive mind, and the physical ability to create life. True, animals can do the last. He also gave man the responsibility of caring for the earth and authority over animals (decision-making abilities). After man's sin, they were no longer in God's sinless image. Man still commanded to procreate (life).

The LBGTQ's has rejected God when it comes to His image of life-giver. They have chosen the opposite and the demise of life. Their opposition to any that do not agree with their interpretation of scripture must be silent and or punished. So what are we to do as believers, and who are believers?

God is not silent, and neither can those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and the Lordship of their life. Jesus commanded His disciples to "GO" and preach the gospel. The gospel is the entire Word of God, and it demonstrates His righteousness to the world.

We are in God's image when we fulfill His word. LBGTQ rejecting God's image is following the original rejector, Satan.

Friday, June 4
Dr. John Stephenson

This is the best over view of this issue of great importance to our society and Godly Principles. There but for the grace of God go I.

Having been molested as a young man entering the University of Kentucky in a graduate degree program by a graduate student studying the effects of hypnosis on counseling and having reported the rape to the Dean of Men I spent a lifetime with the damage to my mind. Only through the grace of God could Iearn FORGIVENESS for Bill Bennet and his personal attack upon my body. The damage done to me personally was monumental at the time causing me to walk away from the University and head back home. I wonder today how many people are drawn into these perversions by deceit or rape.

Love the sinner but not the sin.

God's word is clear and I often say man and woman can conjure up many methods to justify their perversions but God's word is very clear.

Christians recognize the rainbow as the sign of God’s covenant with Noah. Where the LGBTQ movement has appropriated the sign of the rainbow as a symbol of affirmation or pride, the Bible reveals that the rainbow is meant to be a sign of deliverance from judgement. As Erik Raymond has written: “The God of the Bible owns the distinct honor, as he has long used the rainbow to illustrate his loving demonstration of mercy instead of judgment! God the loving Creator was angered by humanity’s rebellion against his will & so therefore justly demonstrated his judgment upon their sin. In Genesis 6 the Scriptures teach that instead of giving mankind what they deserve for their rebellion, he chose to save some from destruction. The mercy & faithfulness of God was demonstrated by the beautiful rainbow that filled the sky.”

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition of Godly Principles and love and prayers and heart and soul and faith and respect for all of us red,yellow,brown black and white born and unborn children and seniors unique and diverse police officers and first responders and teachers and students and preachers and priest and farmers and city folks and remember it is the Holy Spirits JOB to convict and God's JOB to JUDGE and my JOB to love for all are precious in Jesus SIGHT.

Tuesday, June 15

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