Blogger’s Anti-Christian Barrage Reveals 10 Reasons to Read Critical Conversations

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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?

  1. Fear of being homosexual
  2. Encouraging bullying
  3. Encouraging suicide
  4. Homophobia
  5. Don’t pay attention to the Bible on slavery
  6. Don’t really care about divorce
  7. Don’t really care about slavery
  8. Forget that God doesn’t hate
  9. Misunderstand Bible’s stance on homosexuality
  10. 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.

2 Responses

  1. BillT says:

    I find myself caught between simply laughing at Debra Pasquella’s shallow, thoughtless, disingenuous article and a feeling of real sadness and anger for the hate she engenders. It has become the basic tactic of anti-Christian crowd to use hate as a weapon against those with whom they disagree. And on top of that she singles out your book, which she hasn’t read, as an example when it doesn’t say any of the things she claims. She’s a bigot, plain and simple, and we can only hope that is seen clearly by those who read her.

  2. JAD says:

    Either Ms. Pasquella is completely uninformed or she is just plain dishonest. While some of her points seem reasonable, as a whole her blog post is an incoherent mess. For example, does she believe the Bible or doesn’t she? If she doesn’t why is she quoting it? If she does then clearly she doesn’t understand it. For example, if she considers Jesus’ teaching on love to be true, what does she do with his teachings about sin, guilt and human fallibility? Does Debra see herself as someone who is fallible? Or is she infallible?

    I wondering has she ever read a book? (Setting aside the fact that she didn’t read Tom’s.) Does she understand the importance of putting ideas into their context? Does she understand what an argument is? What logical fallacies are?

    What is her concept of truth? Is she trying to convince us that what she is telling us is the truth—really, actually objectively true– or is it just her opinion? If it’s just her opinion why should we take anything she writes seriously?

    It seems to me that Debra has bought into a Hollywood version of Jesus that portrays him as Jesus meek and mild… always sweet, kind and gentle. While it is true that Jesus did intervene on the side of sinners (John 8:3-11*) it was to forgive the sinner not condone the sin. Does she understand the distinction?

    Does she understand that NT writers balanced truth and love? For example, in Ephesians the Apostle Paul tells us “to speak truth in love,” so “we… grow up in every way… into Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15,) and the Apostle John tells us, ”grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17.)

    My point is that if Ms. Pasquella wants to argue that Christians are wrong about homosexuality and same sex marriage, she needs to convince us that the basic assumptions that underlie her world and life view are true and ours are false. Short of that she is wasting everyone’s time including her own.

    *I agree with scholars that this passage was probably not originally in the NT. Nevertheless it is very early and very Christian.