If you don’t know him, let me introduce you. He is an assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania. He’s written a book titled, Washed and Waiting, Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality.
This is not a post on homosexuality. It’s much bigger than that.
In the book, Hill confronts this enormous issue in a highly redemptive manner. He confronts tired cliches and shoots down silver bullet solutions. He shares the experience of noteworthy Christian leaders as well as his own. And he offers a redemptive way forward for both individuals and the Church. Simply put, Hill does not ignore the issue.
The conversation I’m wanting to start today is asking the Church what issues are we ignoring? Where may we be standing in the way of God’s redemptive efforts rather than helping? What do we need to stop ignoring and start addressing?
The temptation to ignore is great. I feel it most often as a dad. One son hits the other. The inner monologue starts, I didn’t just see that. Because if I did, I’d have to address it. But if I didn’t then I don’t. In that moment ignoring is more appealing than confronting. But it doesn’t help my kids. Ignoring isn’t the path to redeeming for them.
And I’m eternally grateful that ignoring wasn’t the path Christ took. Can you imagine?
God the Father: I’m sending you into the world.
God the Son: Great.
God the Father: You are to lead, teach, and serve. You will heal the sick. You will raise the dead. Many people will choose to follow you.
God the Son: Check.
God the Father: You will die a horrific death on a cross on account of the sins of the people in order to redeem them.
God the Son. Wait. What sin?
It’s comical when stated that way. But every Christian is eternally indebted to Christ for not ignoring. Our path to redemption is paved by Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
And what I’m not desiring is a belligerent church. Right? This is the brand of Christianity that can’t wait to confront. They love the blistering sound bite. They live to invoke the name of God against the heathens. They don’t ignore. That’s for sure. But it’s hard to imagine much (any?) redemption coming from this approach.
So, what does the Church need to stop ignoring?
This could be things happening within the Church. Two that come to mind for me are the exodus of young people leaving the American Church and the Bible as absolute truth.
It could also be issues happening outside the Church. What do you believe are the issues, such as poverty, happening in our world that the Church needs to stop ignoring?
What can we, all of us together, address in order to share in God’s redemption work? Because ignoring is not the path to redeeming.
Please share your valuable thoughts!