Although I haven’t considered myself an Evangelical Christian for many years I can’t help but stay abreast of Evangelical news as it was such a dominant part of my childhood.
This past week best selling quasi-Evangelical writer Rob Bell made headlines when in an interview he spoke positively toward gay marriage. Specifically Bell said, “”I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man … I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are” (Relevant Magazine).
It didn’t take long for the progressive Christian crowd to sound the gong of approval. Tony Jones wrote yesterday, “Surely, Rob knows that affirming marriage equality at Grace Cathedral, would out him as a supporter of gays in the church and in society. We’re still waiting for an unequivocal statement by him, but I think that’s just a matter of time now“.
Jones is representative of the progressive Christian crowd in America which strongly desires (demands) that all Evangelicals begin supporting and endorsing gay marriage.
I’ve written on the topic of gay marriage in the past and have taken the stance that individuals should have the right to live their lives as they choose without the interference of the government. Within reason I believe that tolerance is the best choice for our society.
What bothers me with the voice of men (and women) like Tony Jones who are actively trying to force their ideology on others (specifically on the Evangelicals) is that Jones is practicing the same intolerance that he accuses the Evangelicals of practicing.
Shouldn’t evangelicals have the right to practice their religion as they see fit? Shouldn’t Muslims have the same right?
Jones would say no. Jones’ intolerance would demand that all religions (no matter how ancient) should rewrite their dogmas and fully endorse gay marriage.
I don’t have a problem with Muslims & Evangelicals being against gay marriage.
I do have a problem with Muslims and Evangelicals forcing their ideologies on society.
Thus, in practicing tolerance it is important that we who are tolerant do not become nothing more than intolerant hypocrites.