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Well, we now have some indication how columnist Jonathan Merritt will defend his preferential option for Caesar.
Merritt asks us to imagine the following scenario:
“I’d like to purchase a wedding cake,” the glowing young woman says as she clutches the arm of her soon-to-be husband. “We’re getting married at the Baptist church downtown this coming spring.”
Francis Schaeffer once said that Jesus “gives the world the right to judge whether you and I are born-again Christians on the basis of our observable love toward all Christians.” This statement comes from the pen of an apologist who founded L’Abri, a community in Switzerland that welcomes Christians of all nations for the purpose of learning, serving, and living together beneath a common roof. Can we learn something about Christian unity from the intersection of two significant moments we have celebrated this month – Black History Month and the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia?
Jonathan Merritt’s latest contribution to Christian moral theology is a piece titled Does the Bible prohibit providing services at same sex weddings? Joe Carter provides a devastating response in Since Jesus ate with sinners do I have to eat at the strip club’s buffet? Mr. Carter so thoroughly demolishes Merritt’s and Kiersten Powers’ argument that “Since Jesus [had dinner with/partied with/hung out with] sinners in the places where they congregated, we should do so too” that it would seem the case is closed.
Once upon a time—actually, at least 2000 years of time—marriage in the West was defined in thickly-textured way. There were multiple dimensions to its definition—natural, social, consensual, and religious. The natural seemed obvious: two complementary beings—male and female—entered into a permanent one-flesh union that included sexual fidelity. They were complementary in physical and emotional ways and when nature took its course in sexual intercourse, they had children. Since the children were their “flesh and blood,” the parents had strong attachments to them and provided the optimal context for their upbringing.
Jonathan Merritt , a blogger and journalist, who I’m told is associated with the progressive wing of Evangelical Christianity, recently published a blog post, MLK[Martin Luther King] would agree with Kirsten Powers on serving same-sex couples.
As director of the Religious Liberty Program at the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, DC, Faith McDonnell works to inform and motivate US church members about the persecution of Christians around the world.
But it doesn’t actually cost $25,000 to get married. “We can’t afford to get married,” often means, “We can’t afford the lavish wedding which is what we or others expect. We’ll do that someday when we have the money.”
Earlier this week the head of Pope Francis’ “kitchen cabinet” offered advice to a Vatican colleague; while the cardinal’s conclusions are short of novel, his rationale and added commentary prove perilous to doctrinal discussions.
Yesterday it snowed here in Washington, DC with a high temperature of twenty-six. Today will be sunny with a high of only eighteen and snow all over the ground. Best to stay warm in my home office venturing out only to buy the ingredients for a hardy stew.