In my interviews on Critical Conversations I’ve spoken of the anti-Christian barrage* teens are subjected to. Do you believe it’s real? What if someone wrote that you have all these faults, just because you believe in biblical marriage and morality?
- Fear of being homosexual
- Encouraging bullying
- Encouraging suicide
- Don’t pay attention to the Bible on slavery
- Don’t really care about divorce
- Don’t really care about slavery
- Forget that God doesn’t hate
- Misunderstand Bible’s stance on homosexuality
- Don’t realize that being gay isn’t a choice
(That’s the list. Here’s the source. See here for my previous response to this blog post.)
You might be thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot to dump on a person all at once!” And they accuse us of hating?
Here’s the real question, though:
How would you handle all that? How would your children stand up against it? If you’re a church leader (pastor, teacher, etc.), how would your members hold up against that kind of onslaught? Would they give in? Would they close up against it? Would they lash out in un-Christian ways?
Or would they answer calmly, reasonably, confident in the truth they stand upon, and in their ability to explain it?
Here’s a signpost to help you can call on right now. What follows here is part of Critical Conversations’ Table of Contents. I answer all these challenges in practical, parent-friendly/teen-friendly/church-friendly ways. You’ll see from the page numbers that the answers aren’t overly long.
For a sample of how I handle these challenges, click the link on “Why are you so intolerant?”
Part Three: Practical Help in Handling the Challenges
Group A: Regarding Intolerance and Hate
- “You’re a hater.” 98
- “You’re homophobic.” 101
- “Why are you so intolerant?” 105
- “How can you think your morality is better than others’, or that you’re better than other people?” 108
- “Anti-this, anti-that: you’re just anti-gay!” 111
- “Why won’t you just let us be?” 115
- “If you’re homophobic, maybe you’re a closet gay or lesbian yourself 117
- “You’re harming LGBT people with your intolerance.” 120
Group B: Regarding Social Policy
- “You’re on the wrong side of history.” 126
- “Some day, Christians will be embarrassed over opposing gay rights, just like you’re embarrassed over Christians who opposed civil rights.” 130
- “You’re a bigot.” 136
- “You’re against equality.” 141
- “Christians just want to discriminate against gays.” 144
- “We didn’t choose to be gay.” 148
- “We can’t help who we love, so why not let us love them?” 150
- “Same-sex marriage takes nothing away from traditional marriage.” 153
- “Gay and lesbian couples can be just as good parents as straight couples.” 157
- “What’s done in the privacy of someone else’s bedroom is none of your business.” 160
- “Stop imposing your religious beliefs on us!” 161
Group C: Regarding God and the Bible
- “Jesus never spoke out against homosexuality.” 164
- “If God is love, why would he be opposed to committed, loving relationships?” 167
- “God made me this way, so how could it be wrong?” 170
- “Marriage in the Bible wasn’t always one man with one woman.” 172
- “Why do you say no to homosexuality, and yet eat shellfish and wear mixed fabrics?” 174
- “The New Testament isn’t talking about committed, monogamous same-sex marriage.” 177
- “You’re just like the southerners who used the Bible to defend slavery.” 183
I chuckle over the fact that I had already addressed every challenge this blogger raises. (A couple of the points are covered earlier in Critical Conversations.)
Do you think some Christ-centered, reader-friendly, reasonably presented coaching could help you, your church members, and your family members stand up to the barrage?
Then I strongly encourage you to buy Critical Conversations. You’ll be ready for what’s being aimed at you and the ones you love.
*I don’t know whether Debra Pasquella would consder herself “anti-Christian” or not. Sometimes in a headline it’s necessary to use shorthand. In this case it’s shorthand for the barrage she directed toward conservative Evangelical and Roman Catholic Christianity.