Disappointed but not surprised

We interrupt our regularly scheduled musings for the following news flash.

It’s come to our attention that a prominent pastor (PP) recently addressed some vexing problems for the church in America:

“There is not consensus in this room when it comes to same-sex attraction. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to gay marriage,” said [Prominent Pastor].

“We just can’t continue to look into the filter of our politics at our spirituality. Its got to be the other way around … and specifically when it comes to this issue.”

And from a subsequent interview:

Guys that preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible– that is just cheating. It’s cheating because that would be easy, first of all. That isn’t how you grow people. No one in the Scripture modeled that. There’s not one example of that.

To sum up: (1) Christians have no consensus on gay marriage. (2) Verse-by-verse preaching is easy but it doesn’t grow anyone & it has no biblical model.

Public reaction to these statements is mixed but reports are beginning to trickle in. It seems that some Christians are now desperately searching for an apolitical, authoritative word to create a consensus on gay marriage while a small number of pastors have already renounced expository preaching. Reports that lexical aids & exegetical works are being collected for book burnings have not been confirmed.

Really?

The furor over Indiana’s RFRA is not surprising. In one sense, the political machinations mean very little to me. More significant in my mind is the way the Church thinks through the challenges pertaining to Christian life and witness. I’ve attempted to summarize the thoughts/arguments from one side of this debate.

Choosing not to provide a service for LGBT nuptials means:

  1. I must want to refuse any/all service to the LGBTQ community.
  2. I can’t be Christlike in the act.
  3. I’m choosing not to love a particular kind of sinner.
  4. I never want to associate with LGBTQ people.
  5. I’m a hypocrite unless I refuse to serve all sinners.
  6. I’ve chosen to condemn one (wo)man’s sin while ignoring all other sin.
  7. I lose my best opportunity to share the gospel.

As a full-time, vocational pastor the community requests my services for various wedding services. In an RFRA scenario, will Christians apply the baker/florist/photog critique to a pastor, too?