My head is spinning lately at all the diverse amounts of theology and theological discussions I've been digesting. One the the hot button topics in Christian thinker circles today is the emerging church and the relevance of the church to culture.
Questions like: where should a church change it's ways to minister to the culture around it? What doctrines/theology is essential and what can we agree to disagree on a Christians? What is the Gospel and how is it lived out? Are we as concerned with serving the poor and the oppressed as getting others "saved?" Was the bible meant to be picked apart and be used for "proof-texting" or is there a larger narrative structure of truth to it?
Another hot-button issue as of late in the Church at large is that of homosexuality. Is it a sin? Is it something that one has from birth? Can someone be a homosexual and a Christian? Can someone who is homosexual serve in ministry?
Let's take that last question: "Can someone who is homosexual serve in ministry?"
Well, lets say that we answer "no" to that question.
"Why?" - well because someone who is caught in unrepented habitual sin should not serve in Christian leadership.
Seems like a good answer. The bible calls Christian leaders to live lives above reproach.
Now what about gluttony?
You know...gluttony. It's a sin too, you know? What is gluttony? Overeating. Greedily consuming more of something we need than we need. Most people who are overweight struggle with the sin of gluttony.
Here's a question: "would you let your Christian leaders lead if they had a habitual sin that has not been dealt with in their life?" No?
How many overweight Christian leaders do we have? Many right?
So if a practicing homosexual has no right to serve in Christian leadership a practicing glutton has no right to serve in Christian leadership as well...right?
What do you think? Are we highlighting some sins and neglecting others? How "legalistic" should we get?
So I invite you the reader to pick some questions from this blog post and discuss them in the comments section. It could be fun :)