Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Excellent Reply to Newsweek's Anti-Chrisitian Article

Newsweek earlier ran this article which attempts to use the Bible as an advocate for gay marriage. Ridiculous, I know. A praiseworthy response follows:

In the latest issue of Newsweek, editor Jon Meacham explains: "To argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt--it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition." Indeed, he continues, "this conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism." Curiously, he intends this as a defense of Lisa Miller's cover story, which announces that we should approve homosexual marriage because the Bible tells that Jesus would want us to....

Miller demolishes the distinction between sin and sinner, thus eradicating any real conception of sin and guilt. But without sin and guilt there is no need for forgiveness--and no basis for morality. An amoral world may be a quite suitable environment for gay marriage, but it is hardly the kind of world in which most Americans want to bring up their children.

More here.

3 comments:

Secular Heretic said...

I agree with you. It is ridiculous that someone write such a thing and claim that the bible promotes same sex civil unions.

Biblically literate people can see straight through it. It's only those who have never read it that would be sucked into this type of story.

beetlebabee said...

This blurred distinction between sinner and sin is the devil in the details.

There is all the world of difference in the gulf between those two terms.

God is the one who makes the distinction that we separate sinner from sin, and calls out to the sinner as a valued son or daughter. What a contrast with the devil's message articulated here that you are your temptations. You "are" gay, you "are" this thing that can be so difficult to control, and so hopeless.

There is hope, and that's the message that is obstinately obscured in Newsweek's article.

Secular Heretic said...

Yes there is hope. Some people who say they are gay take on the identity and make it part of their person.