A friend of mine is very supportive of my ministry but is passionately opposed to parachurch organisations. He makes many different arguments, but here’s an argument that might persuade me (though I haven’t heard him make it)…
If a local church rented advertising space on the side of a bus, what slogans do you think it would run with?
I’m not saying they’re wrong. I think the reification of ‘sexuality’ as an unchanging marker of personal identity deeply undermines our humanity. I think the elimination of choice (such that one in unable to be ex-anything) is akin to Islam’s apostasy laws! I think the ad’s censorship betrays the deep intolerance of many so-called liberals.
But, but, but, when those behind the ads say that the controversy was a God-send, I have to wonder whether they’re mission lines up with mine (which I hope is Christ’s!).
INTERVIEWER: You couldn’t buy this level of publicity, now that it’s been banned…
REV LYNDA ROSE: We couldn’t, one has to wonder whether God is not perhaps active in this. It wasn’t our intention to provoke this situation… The publicity is obviously good. (From Channel 4 News)
Lynda, maybe the publicity’s good for you. Speaking as an evangelist, let me tell you it aint so good from where I’m sitting!
And it just makes me wonder, who gets to be a spokesperson for Christianity in the world? The church, right? But when does the church lose it’s voice and get drowned out by interest groups? Certainly the media can’t tell these things apart – and I can’t blame them for it.
It seems to me that our public face needs to be a lot more aligned to both Head and body! Otherwise local churches (and parachurch evangelists!) are going to have to pick up the pieces.
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was placarded as crucified. (Galatians 3:1)