Evangelicals are obsessed with homosexuality. At least, that’s what popular blogger Rachel Held Evans thinks and she’s leaving evangelicalism, as a result. Evans said she “watched with horror” as evangelicals dropped their support of World Vision after the organization announced it would hire people in gay marriages. She was similarly horrified when World Vision reversed its decision. “The situation,” Evans argued, “put into stark, unsettling relief, just how misaligned evangelical priorities have become.”
Now, I could argue that evangelicals didn’t initiate the recent gay marriage controversy. World Vision forced the issue by announcing a policy completely out of sync with the beliefs and values of the majority of its supporters. But, let’s say I concede Evans’ point – that evangelicals are obsessed with homosexuality. My question is, what’s wrong with that?
Evans and the Christian Left seem to miss that if Christians capitulate on gay marriage, they concede much of the Christian faith. You see, gay marriage is not merely a moral issue. As the cover story for The Nation argued prophetically in 1993, the gay cause is rooted in an entirely new cosmology.
According to this cosmology, God didn’t created male and female to image a Triune God. Rather, gender simply evolved into lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trangender and questioning – and has zero meaning. Furthermore, sin is not the true cause suffering and the cross the means of liberation. No, denying human desires causes suffering and people can liberate themselves by identifying with and asserting every sexual desire.
This is why conservative author Rod Dreher writes that “(g)ay marriage signifies” not just the triumph of the Sexual Revolution, but “the dethroning of Christianity.” For Christians like Evans and World Vision President Rich Stearns to assert that Christianity can in any way co-exist with gay marriage is patently absurd. This is not some peripheral issue, as some argue, because Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. Jesus’ entire mission on earth presupposed a Christian cosmology. His died to liberate us from sin – not to help us embrace it.
Christians need to realize that gay marriage is deconstructing the very foundation of their faith. We aren’t just losing some culture war. If the church continues its capitulation, we may just lose our faith.