November 2, 2015
Fred Clark examines the issues surrounding some Christian’s resistance to LGBTQ equality, especially their perception of same-sex marriage as a threat to the culture and to their faith.
Clark says some of the current debate puts him in mind of “Jesus’ commission to his disciples in Matthew 10″— you know, the “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” story.
“[It] doesn’t fit neatly into the abstract debate we love to have over whether people are essentially good or essentially wicked. Both of those generalities can lead to a distorted view of reality. Too much of the wisdom of serpents can mean a presumption of bad faith and the mistaken perception that anyone who disagrees with you is a Bad Person with bad motives. Too much of the innocence of doves can mean a presumption of good faith that prevents you from recognizing the existence of Bad People acting on bad motives.”