A couple weeks ago, I saw a statement on the internet that has been simmering in the back of my mind ever since. It went (roughly), “How can people who call themselves Christians forget everything in the Bible about love and forgiveness and remember one outdated verse about homosexuality?” The person who said this called themselves “a real Christian”.
Admittedly, I know nothing about this person or the situation to which they were referring. It is possible the statement was directed at someone who was being extremely rude and cruel and that caused the writer to exaggerate their point. But I must admit that I doubt it.
Even if that is the case here, there are many people who do think this way. They consider verses about sin and its consequences to be outdated and unnecessary, while verses about love and kindness and forgiveness are still applicable and very important.
Let me get this straight. We’re willing – even eager – to condemn difficult, unpleasant things from the Bible to a dusty box labeled “Outdated” while we’re sure the nice, warm-and-fuzzy things are still useful?
Isn’t that convenient. I was under the impression that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16 and 17). Or is that outdated, too?
As a disclaimer, I’m not saying we should go to the opposite extreme and talk only of sin and condemnation and forget about loving our enemies and everything God has done for us. Rather, I’m suggesting we give balance a try and see how much more sense things make.