pastorjoe posted a comment · Jun 23, 2020
I certainly agree with the idea that we cannot place our trust in the Supreme Court, or in a president for that matter. We will surely be disappointed. But as an American, as a pastor, and as Christian, I am struggling to see that disaster in this "disastrous ruling." The court has left the religious organization ruling intact so that churches. That exemption for hiring in ministries will almost certainly be challenged in the future, but it wasn't here. So, I'm left with simply wondering where the Scriptures forbid us from employing gay or transgender people. If the scriptures do not forbid employing LGBTQ people, then this shouldn't be considered a religious liberty issue, at least in terms of Biblical Christianity, right? Aren't we overreacting? From a slippery slope argument, I could buy "concerning," but "disastrous"? I'm sorry, I don't see it. Also, on a related but I think much more important note, I was hoping to get your help with something else. I have recently read a book called Walking the Bridgeless Canyon. I'm sure you are familiar with it. I was already familiar with the arguments the author used to arrive at affirming interpretations to Scripture. I am also familiar with arguments that address those, including your own book "Can I be Gay and Christian." However, in Bridgeless Canyon, I have been deeply affected and moved by her telling of the history of the gay movement and the opposition to it. She did not, in her writing, sound to me heavy-handed or pressing an agenda. It seemed to me she was more just relating a factual history that appears to be well-researched and documented. Frankly, if her telling of history is accurate, I feel betrayed - not by those who raised me and taught me, but by the alleged manipulation that led to us all believing the way we do anyway. However, I know that sometimes things can be misrepresented by withholding parts of the story, even if all the parts that you tell are true. I am someone who wants to get all of the arguments from all sides when thinking about these things, especially on something this big. The stakes are too high - as a pastor, I could either be unnecessarily and unjustly sending people to hell by chasing them away from a relationship with Christ that was available to them all along, or else I could be sending people to hell by allowing unrepentant sinners to happily live their lives all the while assuring them in a false conversion. It doesn't seem like either way of being wrong is safer than the other. The only option is to do my very best to discern what is right. All that to ask, do you know of a resource that would rebut the history portions of Walking the Bridgeless Canyon (or would prove that it is deceptive because of its being too selective about which parts of history to tell)? Again, I am aware of plenty of resources that address the Bible from a conservative position, but do you know of a resource that would provide any correction to her accounts of cultural, religious, and political history as it relates to gay, transgender and intersex people? Thank you.
neptune posted a comment · Jun 20, 2020
Mike Huckabee has an interesting article that explains why the Supreme Court justices always seem to disappoint: https://www.mikehuckabee.com/latest-news?id=740EC564-1D35-48B2-BD54-6819CCEED645 Excerpt: "ALL of our Supreme Court Justices attended the same handful of Northeastern Ivy League colleges (every one of them spent time at either Harvard or Yale) and were taught by the same liberal professors. While a few were able to resist the indoctrination, there is no real 'diversity' on the Court. . . . Since the judiciary is the only branch of government that requires members to attain elite schooling, it’s dominated by people from upper middle class, elite backgrounds. Once they’re on the bench, they tend to favor things that people of their class embrace (abortion, gay rights, birth control, open borders, etc.) and even invent new “rights” to promote them, while marginalizing the real rights that working class Americans care about."
Pickle posted a comment · Jun 19, 2020
Roosevelt couldn't, as hard as he tried.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jun 18, 2020
You mean, you CAN’T stack the courts?