Christianity in Crisis? A Response to Andrew Sullivan
Itâ€™s interesting to see how those who advocate a return to the words of Christ often display a frightening ignorance of what Jesus actually said. The primary message of Jesus was not love â€“ at least, not love in our sense of the world. The message of Jesus was Love with a capital â€śLâ€ť â€“ meaning, His message was about Himself. It was about His kingdom, His identity as king, and the cross that became His throne.
So when Sullivan says that Jesus would have been â€śbaffledâ€ť by current debates over homosexuality or abortion, I would counter that Jesus spoke to both of these issues and more, albeit indirectly:
The sexual ethic He put forth is so radical that even a lustful thought after another human being is considered sinful.
The picture of Godâ€™s intention of marriage â€“ male and female from the dawn of creation â€“ is reinforced so strongly that divorce ought to become unthinkable.
It doesn't look like too bad of an opinion piece. to quote the last paragraph,
Trevin Wax wrote: The answer to Andrew Sullivan is to point back to everything the Gospels tell us. Letâ€™s not isolate the sayings of Jesus we like and fit Him into our vision for how the world should work. Instead, letâ€™s fall at the feet of King Jesus, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to fit our lives into His vision, a vision of the world to come that has crashed into the world that is.