Sebuah pelayanan yang dirintis oleh Morria Nickels di Amerika Serikat untuk melayani kaum subkultur yang tersisihkan dari masyarakat. Pada tahun 2006 telah menunjuk dan mengutus Dave Broos sebagai Regional Director di Indonesia
Parris calls himself a "gay atheist." After 62 percent of voters in
Ireland approved gay marriage recently, he responded to the church's
response. In his view, the Archbishop of Dublin's statement that the
church needed to undertake a "reality check" was troubling and
indicative of continued moral compromise. According to Parris, "the
conservative Catholic's only proper response to news such as that from
Dublin . . . is that 62 percent in a referendum does not cause a sin in
the eyes of God to cease to be a sin."
He continues: "Can't these Christians see that the moral basis of their
faith cannot be sought in the pollsters' arithmetic? Can a
preponderance of public opinion reverse the polarity between virtues and
vice?" Citing Moses' rejection of the Jewish community's idolatry in
Exodus 32, he asks, "Would it have occurred for a moment to Moses (let
alone God) that he'd better defer to (demon)-worship because that's what
most of the Israelites wanted to do?"
It's natural in this environment to become defensive, to adopt a siege
mentality and view ourselves as persecuted victims. In such a "culture
wars" mindset, those with whom we disagree are our enemies. We are in a
zero-sum conflict in which one side must win and the other must lose.
Such a worldview brings certain advantages. It positions us as morally
superior to our opponents. In fact, it enrolls us in an affirming
community (an "Inner Ring," as C. S. Lewis described it) where we and
our likeminded friends are right and all others are wrong. In so doing,
it demonizes our critics while energizing our supporters and rallying
them to our cause.
But Oswald Chambers warns: "You must constantly beware of anything that
causes you to think of yourself as a superior person." St. Augustine
was grateful to God "who first healed me of the lust of vindicating
myself, so that You might forgive all the rest of my iniquities" (Confessions 10.58).
The "culture wars" of our day are not about winning and losing elections or court cases—they are about winning and losing souls. (Tweet this)
Millennia after the Supreme Court has ceased to meet and the last gay
pride march has ended, every person you know will be with God or
separated from him. What we say to the moral issues of our day is
vital, but so is the way we say it. Gay marriage matters enormously,
but gay people matter more—eternally more.
So let's stand for biblical morality, but let's do so with biblical
grace. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not
love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal" (1 Corinthians 13:1). We
are told by our Father to speak the truth, but to do so in love
(Ephesians 4:15). Will you do both today?