Today is part 3 of my review of an article entitled A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On. You can read parts 1 and 2. The last part of that article is a hypothetical letter written to the author’s son which begins:
Whoever you are, whoever you become, you are loved. You are a miracle. You are our dream come true.
Chase, here is what would happen in our home if one day you were to tell your father and me that you are an adulterer, idolater and thief.
Our eyes would open wide.
Then we would grab you and hold you tighter than you would be able to bear. And while we were holding you, we would say a silent prayer that as little time as possible passed between the moment you knew you were an adulterer, idolater and thief and the moment you told us. And we would love you and ask you one million questions, and then we would love you some more and finally, I would rush out to buy some pro-adultery, pro-idolatry and pro-theft T-shirts, honey, because you know Mama likes to have an appropriate outfit for every occasion.
And I don’t mean, Chase, that we would be tolerant of you and your adultery, idolatry, and thievery. If our goal is to be tolerant of people who are different than we are, Chase, then we really are aiming quite low. Traffic jams are to be tolerated. People are to be celebrated. Every person is Divine. And so there would be celebrating. Celebrating that you had stepped closer to matching your outsides with your insides—to being who you are. And there would be a teeny part of my heart that would leap at the realization that I would forever be the most important woman in your life. Then we would tell everyone. We would not concern ourselves too much with their reactions. There will always be party poopers, baby.
Honey, we’ve worried that since we are Christians, and since we love the Bible so much, there might come a day when you feel unclear about our feelings about this, since there are parts in the Bible that appear to discuss adultery, idolatry, and thievery as a sin. Let us be clear about how we feel, because we have spent years of research and prayer and discussion deciding.
Chase, we don’t believe that adultery, idolatry, and thievery is a sin.
Feel free to replace the adultery, idolatry, and thievery with your favorite sins. How about greed, drunkenness, or murder. Or all of the above! Sounds ludicrous, right. Well, let’s review one of the Bible’s clear lists of sins:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Notice the four bold sins I highlighted from these verses? Three of them I included in my version of the letter above. As you probably figured out, the fourth, homosexuality, was the one included by Glennon in her original version of the letter. Homosexuality appears in the middle of that list and I have not heard too many people arguing for us to embrace any of those other sins. Our society and authors like Glennon encourage us to embrace certain sins rather than preach repentance. This is not the message of the Bible. This is not the message preached by Jesus. This is not the true Christian faith, but a false gospel that does not save.
Ironically, these individuals are overly concerned about the temporal anguish associated with bullying here on earth, but unconcerned with the eternal anguish the unsaved will experience in hell. In actuality, it is MORE loving to warn them of their sin and the coming judgment than to help them embrace their sin and miss out on salvation. As the title of my article series implies, these people are trying to take the impassable mountains that are sin and God’s wrath and pretend they are molehills that can be ignored.
In the words of Charles Spurgeon:
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.
And, lest anyone think I missed the other glaring, blasphemous line in this portion of Glennon’s hypothetical letter…No, people are not divine! The only divine human is Jesus Christ. But, it is this idolatry of self that is at the root of the problem. When we place our feelings and our reason above the clear word of God, we are putting ourselves above God himself.
I had hoped to finish this review in 3 days, but so much ground to cover I will pick it up again next week with part 4.