Friday Night Bible Study in Review
Last night we analyzed chapter one of the book The God of Sex by Peter Jones. In the first chapter, Jones made his main point that the impulse for activists of the sexual liberation movement is based in ideology. Often we speak of ideas, but need to think deeper about ideology. Ideology, worldview, and theology all mean basically the same thing. It is the complex web of ideas which make up the reason one does and thinks the way they do.
As we looked at this chapter, I was struck by how a small vocal minority of activists could control a larger silent majority. It also grips progressive Christians, congregations, and entire denominations with fear and intimidation. This makes sense though, in light of our doctrine of sin. Our doctrine of sin says that man outside Christ only does good to the extent that it is convenient for him. E.g., the sinner would sin without restraint were it not for shame, punishment, etc. Therefore, when Christian social norms ruled the day, the silent majority did the same thing. They coward in fear for their own self-interest. Further, this makes since because sinners want to be liberated from all theological moral restraints (see Psalm 2 for example.).
Here is the takeaway. First, apologetically, we must think on the level of worldview when talking with people about this and any moral issue. It is not enough to show just the individual laws in the Bible, but also the God who created the natural order, and whose character those orderly structures reflect by analogy. This means we need to be self-aware of our theology, ideaology, and worldview, and bring those who hold other views into that arena. Secondly, it shows that we must win this battle through the reconciliation of the Gospel. Why? Because only Jesus in the Gospel can change hearts! We may win the day politically and bring about laws that would be good for society. Which I am all for! But those will never change hearts, they’ll only legislate good behavior. That’s why we must win this (and any other) cultural battle on our knees in prayer, and with our witness to the Gospel of Jesus.