A couple of months ago, the incoming Southern Baptist leader on ethics Russell Moore, celebrated the end to the (false) myth of the South as Bible Belt and the capitol of Moral Majority America. Moore contended (and I agree), that the end of this myth is “bad for America, but it’s good for the church.” But the “badness” really is only temporary in a Kingdom-oriented view of Christianity. It can open up space for renewal, for evangelicals and mainliners alike to rethink the culturally hegemonic ways that they exist in a pluralistic USian society. So, as a fellow Baptist (general & Southern), I agree with Moore’s approach. It is “The church’s” [local congregations in the free church/baptist view] job to teach and disciple believers (men and women, young teenage girls AND BOYS) about marriage and sexuality.
I realize that not every Christian will agree with my views or Moore’s approach to how church’s should function. I found this commentary on the Wall Street Journal interview, um, interesting. That the notion of loving our LGBTQIA neighbors is a PITHY SLOGAN in the eyes of dominionists like Rick Scarborough and his supporters is more than a little troubling. Churches must wrestle with what they have gone wrong from within when it comes to marriage/singleness/sexuality issues before it even attempts to learn the “WORLD” from without. This is just simply another example of Dominionism‘s awful ecclessiology.
Also, neighborly love is more than a “pithy slogan”; I am pretty sure it is the primary demand from Christ Jesus in the Gospels. But that could just be me.