I have written extensively about what I have termed, Evangelical Co-Belligerence on this blog and the audienceONE website. In short, it is trying to use political remedy for the moral malady facing our nation. I have openly challenged evangelicals (Dobson and Company, the Justice Sunday's, etc.) that are trying to restore family values absent of the transforming power of the gospel, but using the pragmatic means of politics to turn the tide of moral decay in our nation. As we know, this is an effort in futility. Though I have agreed on the condition of our nation with "the ECBers", I have not agreed on the cure. The only hope for Americans is through regeneration by the gospel of Jesus Christ--the gospel of sola fide. The sovereign work of our holy God is what truly transforms lives and makes all who are granted saving faith to believe in Him new creations for all eternity.
Life transformation, not behavior modification is what is needed.
Some evangelicals say this cannot happen in the cultural climate we live in--we must boycott, picket, and fight through the political process for just proclaiming the gospel is to offensive, limiting and people won't tolerate it. But, proclaiming the gospel in a secular environment can be done effectively with gentleness and reverence and was wonderfully personified for us this past Tuesday evening.
Al Mohler was on Larry King Live this past Tuesday evening along with Chad Allen (actor and gay activist), Janet Parshall (conservative radio talk show host) and Guy Padgett (former mayor of Casper, Wyoming and gay activist). They were discussing gay marriage, the movie Brokeback Mountain, and homosexuality. Al and Janet were nothing short of brilliant. In particular, Al was thoroughly biblical; he shared the gospel and defended family values - not poliitically, but biblically! This is Mohler at his best--in the marketplace speaking about cultural issues from a clear and distinctive biblical worldview.
Here are two of my favorite quotes from the interview:
"is not with the gospel of heterosexuality, even though I think that's very important. It's with the gospel of Jesus Christ and what I find lacking in the movie, the screenplay and in the short story is any resolution that really brings these persons to know why they were created and how God really intends them to live and how they would find their greatest satisfaction in living just as God had intended them for his glory."I am so grateful that we have a brother like Al "contending for the faith" and "giving a reason for the hope that is in him" from the Word of God in the marketplace.
"What I hope for is that persons, heterosexual and homosexual, will come to know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, would come to know new life in him, would come to understand that sinners can find the only help that is -- that is worth finding and the only salvation and solution to our problems by coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and then understanding that God, our creator, has the right to define every aspect of our lives including our sexuality."
What was disappointing was Chad Allen's comments at the very end of the interview concerning what Steve Saint said to him prior to appearing on Larry King Live that evening :
"Steve Saint called me today, and he said, 'I need you to know that I'm sitting here with Mincayani. We'll be watching you tonight. We love you. We are on your side. And I know that we have those differences, but we are walking through this together. That's where we're going to go.'"This is politically correct speech that may be appealing to Larry King, Chad Allen, and Guy Padgett, but certainly is not honoring to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is one thing to be friends with someone--to love your neighbor; it is quite another to affirm them in their sin--"we're on the same side"--rather than confront it as sin
We can only hope that Steve Saint was listening to the entire interview that evening and learned from Dr. Mohler's and Janet Parshall's faithful witness of the gospel.