Up to Our Knees

Black Abortion

In my recent reply to Matthew Vines, one of my responses that got kind of a reaction in a number of places was my answer to his sixteenth question. 16. Do you think supporting same-sex marriage is a more serious problem than supporting slavery? Yes, far more serious. This was taken by some as a weird defense of slavery as a positive good, like food, air or sunshine. Some who take me that way are just confused, while others are malevolent. Those who are confused deserve an answer while those who are malevolent need to have their mouths stopped. Fortunately, both goals can be achieved at just one go, and so let me unpack my answer to that question a bit further. 1. We know that sodomy is worse than slavery by how God responds to it. In the book of Jude, we are told how the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities, gave themselves over to the celebration of fornication and "going after strange flesh." In doing this, they were imitating the angels who abandoned … [Read more...]

Time for a Little Q & A

So in response to Kevin DeYoung's very pertinent questions to rainbow-affirming Christians, Matthew Vines has responded with 40 questions of his own, these directed at Christians who are, as he puts it, "non-affirming." Being as I am found in that latter category, let me have a shot at it. What I want to do is either answer Matthew's questions, or explain why I will not take the bait of answering a particular question. Put another way, I will answer the questions, but not the loaded questions. 1. Do you accept that sexual orientation is not a choice? First, I do not believe there is one answer that fits for everyone living a homosexual lifestyle. For some it is very much a choice, while for others the inclinations that lead to same sex attraction run very close to the bone. I do not believe there is one Platonic form of "homosexuality." Having said this, I would then point out that sin is defined by Scripture, and not by our guesswork on the strength of our abilities in … [Read more...]

An Obergefail Word Salad

I'd rather not, thanks.

Having read the majority opinion for the Supreme's Obergefail decision, I am now in a position to describe what Justice Kennedy's dog gets for breakfast. In that opinion, he did try to be nice to those who differ, but being nice and being coherent are not the same thing. He tried to head off the pc-martinets by saying that "the First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection." Very nice, very thoughtful. And then this, one week later -- the Kleins of Oregon (who had politely declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian phantasmagorithon) had their fine of 135K finalized by an administrative judge. Moreover, Brad Avakian, this Oregon Labor Kommissar who finalized the fine, also ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from talking about it. Pay the money, and put on this gag. I have been somewhat heartened by the blowback the Supreme Court decision has been getting from Christians. It is true that we do have to figure out how to … [Read more...]

Or Lose the One We Have

I was reminded yet again this morning about how worldviews work. For those who want to read a bit more on this, you can check this out. One of the reasons conservatives have been outmaneuvered on the same sex mirage deal, even while knowing it to be a mirage, is that they have not engaged in every place where the battle was being fought. A worldview wheel has four spokes -- and all worldviews (in order to be genuine worldviews) must necessarily have all four. We have only been using one spoke, which means we have had to treat it like a jerry-built pogo stick. And that, in turn, means we cannot roll. We have not yet progressed to the development of the wheel. This means we must either regain the other three, or lose the one we have. The four spokes are catechesis, lifestyle, narrative, and symbol/liturgy. We have generally wanted to fight a catechetical battle about lifestyle (which is not the same thing as living a lifestyle). Generally we have neglected narrative (or have … [Read more...]

Children of the Rainbow

Looks cute enough now . . .

As some of you may have noticed, this last weekend I put up a post that went kind of nuts. I am talking about Tolle, Leg It, in which I encouraged Christian parents to take this particular rainbow moment as an appropriate time to remove their kids from the government schools, select a tall object on the horizon, and head for it in all due haste. My point garnered a lot of attention and sparked quite a bit of debate. There are 488 comments there now, and the post gathered up 5.4K Facebook likes. John Piper did his bit by tweeting a quote from the post, and I can tell you via the wonder of Google Analytics that 17,639 people showed up the day after it was posted to gawk at it -- and on a weekend too. So maybe we should talk about this topic a bit more. Before going any further, let me extend my thanks to everyone who showed up to discuss it, particularly to those who differed with me. I will not be able to manage a detailed response to everyone, obviously, but I would like to … [Read more...]

Book of the Month/July 2015

Riots Revolutions

This is an important book for a number of reasons. The first is the timing -- and it is almost as though a higher power were at work. In this book, Charles Jackson gives a fresh historical overview of the work of Alexander Henderson, one of the stalwarts among the Scottish Covenanters. There was a time when Christians with a backbone used to give the ruling elite the fits, and it is long past time for us to be reading up on them. Civil resistance from Christians is not a phenomenon that arises from nowhere -- it requires a theology. Not only so, but it requires a theology that is faithful to Scripture. Left to themselves, without godly leadership, too many Christians simply assume that "Romans 13" -- the catchphrase, not the actual text -- requires craven acquiescence. With theological rigor and subtlety, Henderson (and others with him) showed quite the contrary. And those who wanted to maintain unquestioned and unquestioning rule were frequently not happy about it. "One can only … [Read more...]

Well Conditioned

"Ten million see a particular sitcom, and they are all cool-shamed into cringing when that unsympathetic and very greasy character makes that homo-joke. Do you doubt what I say? Did you just cringe when I used the word homo-joke? You may be a very conservative Christian, and you are with me on the merits, but you still do whatever their laugh track tells you to" (Rules for Reformers, p. 167) … [Read more...]

Like Cheap Cinder Block

#SCOTUSShameHalfMast4th

In the aftermath of the Obergefell decision, the kultursmog churned out by our media elites has been thick enough to cut into 8 inch high sections for use as cheap cinder blocks. Cinder block is what the new sexual utopia is going to be built out of, lit up at night by those gaudy rainbow lights, which is, come to find out, cheaper than paint. Of course, whenever the sun is up we will have to deal with life in bunkers made out of cinder block, cut from rancid kultursmog. But you can't have everything. For those who do not fancy such an existence, and don't like how enthusiastically the future is being promised to you, I would like to take a moment to sketch out three lies that are being told you, lies you should take care to hold in derision. The first lie is that there has been a "sea change" in American public opinion, and that all this tumult around us is the result of that sea change. This is not even close to being true. This has been a power play to establish such a sea … [Read more...]

We Don’t Need More of the Same

"We don't need sophisticated economics. We need people who understand the difference between bigger numbers and smaller numbers. We don't need nuance in race relations. We need to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. We don't need wise men who manage an endless series of nation-building wars. We need our wars to be purposive, rare, and short.  We don't need a candidate who wins the grudging respect of the professional left. We need a candidate who has an uncanny ability to set them all off as barking mad" (Rules for Reformers, pp. 164-165). … [Read more...]