Get Your Gay Off My Gospel

This past Tuesday, I had my first church headache. I've had stress headaches before, but I think this one was a result of the church's response to World Vision's short-lived policy change allowing legally married, gay people to work there. For the many Christians that regard homosexuality as a sin, I know this isn't as simple as some would make it (although their juvenile glee over the policy's reversal yesterday might indicate otherwise). But, while we're in the business of not cheapening issues, we should also confess that it is impossible to subject the gospel to distortion.

No doubt there are some with their sword-drilling thumbs already jammed into Galatians, so let's go there together. Many think that Paul's letter to the Galatian church was a message about perverting the gospel. After all, Paul directly addressed those claiming that adherence to Jewish law was a prerequisite to faith by saying,
"Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ" (1:7). 
But this shouldn't be read without the preceding verse:
"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all" (1:6-7).
So there is no such thing as a perverted or distorted gospel; something either is the gospel or it is not. This is important because there are those who claim that World Vision's employment of married, gay people would have obscured the message of salvation. As if it matters whose feet carry the good news.

Now flip or scroll a couple books ahead and you'll come to Paul's letter to the Philippian church. And from prison, we see him talking about the importance (or lack thereof) of one's motive in preaching:
"It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice" (1:15-18).
It shouldn't come as a surprise that none of us have the power to affect God's word. At least it shouldn't if we remember last summer when Kirk Cameron cried wolf about Facebook and YouTube blocking his new film for insidious reasons. No, rocks will starting screaming before God's truth is dependent on Kirk, World Vision's employee policies, or anything else. If it were, the gospel would have never gone out and accomplished anything. Because all of us can find ourselves in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

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