I’ve gotta love any post that starts with a Jack Handey quote, as does Susan Cottrell’s response to Kevin DeYoung’s inflammatory “40 questions for Christians now waiving rainbow flags.” Among the best responses:
11. As you think about the long history of the church and the near universal disapproval of same-sex sexual activity, what do you think you understand about the Bible that Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and Luther failed to grasp?
These men were all privileged, straight males. Their insight into women, children, non-white, and LGBTQ people is necessarily limited. They all condoned slavery, for instance. Better to take the good they offered and move on to the new light in which we see things today.
12. What arguments would you use to explain to Christians in Africa, Asia, and South America that their understanding of homosexuality is biblically incorrect and your new understanding of homosexuality is not culturally conditioned?
Surely you are aware that the understanding of homosexuality of Christians in Africa, Asia, and South America is culturally conditioned by American (missionary) Christians??
14. Do you think children do best with a mother and a father?
It depends on the mother and the father. Don’t you agree? Good grief! I know some amazingly loving single parents, and I know some incredibly loving, thoughtful gay parents. I wish you knew Pam and Sabina and the gentle and loving home they have for their two adopted, biracial kids. On the other hand, I know some horrifying, straight-couple parents. Courtney and her three siblings could have had more oppressive and dysfunctional parents, though they are the “traditional, Christian mother and father.” Which children do best? Those in a loving situation or those in an abusive situation. Really, it’s a silly and quite offensive question.
18. How would you define marriage?
Hm… good question. I am going to refer to the biblical definition or marriage. Listen closely. Monogamy (Titus 1:6). Rape victims forced to marry their rapist (Deuteronomy 22:28-29). A man obligated to marry his brother’s widow regardless of the living brother’s marital status (Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Genesis 38; Ruth 2-4).
Oh dear…I don’t think is going the direction you hoped.
27. Will you speak out against shaming and bullying of all kinds, whether against gays and lesbians or against Evangelicals and Catholics?
Of course! I do it every day. I will however defer to Jesus who by example favored the oppressed over the oppressors. You cannot equate the bullying of Christians with the bullying of gays on this issue. 25% of gay homeless youth were kicked to the streets by parents on the day they came out. 40% of all homeless youth are gay. Gay youth are 4-6 times more likely to attempt suicide. Who are true oppressed? Who is the bigger bully?
Now, I should point out that as a FORMER evangelical, I really no longer have a vested interest in how such conversations turn out, but at the same time I’m happy to see an insider respond to DeYoung’s arrogant and pedantic rhetorical questions. One gets the sense that he thinks that just by asking such “self-evident” questions that he has “won the conversation.”
Read Susan’s entire post.