The recent boycott of Target, initiated by the American Family Association, has spurred quite the discussion around here at Summit. The following article is not a hard and fast stance on the boycott but rather a set of differing perspectives on how Christians respond to culture.
The Internet has brought a ready stream of lurid pictures and videos within a few clicks of any family. Summit teaches four steps as a biblical approach to engage culture and to avoid counterfeit worldviews, including various worldview images: identify, isolate, inform, and invest.
Whether it’s polygamy, sexual relationships between relatives, polyamory, or even bestiality, a floodgate of new sexual “orientations” has opened up, each of them enjoying the eager support of avant-garde journalists and entertainers. The coverage of this diverse collection of sexual preferences follows a familiar path blazed decades ago by LGBT activists and laid out in some books.
Has the sexual revolution come full circle? That’s been the subject of several editorials in conservative publications of late, whose authors observe a marked shift in progressive rhetoric about the hookup scene, particularly on college campuses. Writers like Heather Mac Donald in The Weekly Standard note that censures and policy changes in schools around the country display a radically new attitude toward casual encounters between students.
A spate of articles proposing we rethink our view on pedophilia offers insight into how our culture has become accustomed to dealing with sexual deviance. This issue presents unique challenges to Christians because it forces us to hold several scriptural imperatives in harmony. We must recognize in our culture the degradation Paul described in Romans 1.
Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian, and the movement it represents, is a direct confrontation to the church’s traditional understanding of marriage. If the book falls into the hands of uninformed Christians, who are liable to succumb to cultural pressures and adopt the sexual standards of a secular world, then the rising generation of evangelicals may lose sight of God’s design for human sexuality. In this article, we will review several of his points and provide a brief response to each.
Time Magazine has placed Laverne Cox, a transgender woman who stars in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, on its June 9 cover with the headline: “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.” Transgender advocates are promoting their worldview in media outlets that reach millions of U.S. households. How might Christians be able to respond to their rejection of biological reality?
Many cultural observers consider Alfred Kinsey the “Father” of the sexual revolution — the 1960s social tsunami that changed the way we thought about sex. Now that fifty years has passed, what are we to make of this social experiment in sexual liberation? The startling discovery is that Kinsey’s research turns out to be a house of cards resting on dishonest research, fraud, and outright lies.