This morning's Detroit Free Press has a piece by its religlion writer David Krumm about a book from a Hope College professor emphasizing that conservative Christians need to reverse their opposition to gays and to gay marriage.
Debate on this and associated issues has been very uninspiring in the past and I'm sure that this paradigm will not change as the hornets nest gets in full gear over this book.
Before I retired as a legislative staffer in the Michigan House of Representatives, I witnessed this issue real up close.
There was a resolution to change the state constitution to outlaw marriage between same sex couples.
The noise level during this was high, but there was very little listening going on with either side. I didn't sense respect between either side. But, what disappointed me the most was the reaction of the Christian right. Many on this side seemed to leave the love of Jesus at the curb. They didn't take it into the hearing rooms.
Is it possible to be Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, feel that gay sex is wrong, but still show love towards the person who is gay?
They do it everyday with people who overeat, people who speed in their cars, people who disrespect their parents or spouse, people who gossip.
For many Christians, their witness to the love of Jesus really falls apart when this issue is broached. Agree? Disagree?