You probably heard that this past week Jen Hatmaker did an interview in which she revealed her support for gay marriage, saying that it can be holy. I don’t know Jen personally, but I believe in her sincerity and in her concern for people. I believe that she sincerely thinks that this is the best thing for the world and the best thing for the church and especially the best thing for the LGBT community.
But, sincerity isn’t enough in this case, to make what Jen is saying the best thing for anyone. We don’t have to like the fact that our sins are named in the Bible. But, we do have to acknowledge it and repent of those sins if we want to see salvation. To claim that any sin is actually a good thing is a terrible distortion of God’s word and His protections and plan for us.
We all have to be careful, especially if we’re teachers, not to dismiss sin as simply a personal choice, no matter what it is. Think of the responsibility we have here. It’s as if Jen has friends who are living in the path of a gigantic, devastating tsunami, and she is saying, “You’re fine. Don’t worry about it. Relax.” Maybe her friends say, “Are you sure? Because some people are saying we should evacuate right away.” But, Jen answers with all sincerity, “Trust me. I’ve studied this. You’re good!”
She thinks she is loving her friends. But, she is inviting them to remain in the path of destruction. I pray that Jen comes to a different understanding of these matters.
If you have been reading about this story this week and aren’t quite sure what to think, I wanted to point you here, where you can read some great responses to Jen’s interview. Pray for Jen and for the many Christians who are trying to decide where they stand on this. Pray for the LGBT community. Pray for yourself that you will repent of your own sinful ways. Pray for the teachers that we will speak the truth of God’s word even when it’s difficult to do so. And, while you’re at it, pray for this crazy presidential election, knowing all the while that God is firmly in control of all of these things, and He is a good, good Father.