Spineless Christianity

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20

In an article, selected by an Evangelical magazine which is going the way of the United Church Observer; a missionally-minded blogger serves as proxy to reflect that magazine editors’ disdain towards those who advocate and join a boycott of Target; a retail outlet, which is spearheading a campaign for transgender rights in the use of their public bathrooms. The essence of Aaron Wilson’s argument is that taking a firm, public, and meaningful ethical stand in this manner will undermine efforts to “engage our culture with conversations that gracefully illuminate the reason for our hope.”

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Called to Love the Whore?

In what is becoming common occurrence, I came across an article in Christianity Today last year, which jarred and irked (“Called to Love the Whore” – possible paywall). It continues to do so. After listing a number of criticisms about the churches, the writer proclaims:

The church is like that unfaithful woman God commanded the prophet Hosea to marry and have children with. The church is like that same errant woman God later commanded Hosea to seek and bring home, her and her children by other lovers. The church is like that unlovable woman God commanded Hosea to love. Yes, the church is like the prostitute Gomer: wayward and compromising, unfaithful to her promises, unlovable.

The bride of Christ? She’s a whore.

Love her.

The immediate image that transpired was that of that great whore that sits on many waters; which is depicted in Revelation. And the final verdict concerning her was:

Alleluia;

Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, to the Lord our God:
For true and righteous are his judgments:
for he has judged the great whore,
which did corrupt the earth with her fornication,
and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Alleluia
And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

Not feeling the love there; from neither God nor the saints!

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