When faced with the daunting task of “dealing” with gays, many Christians will tell you they “love the sinner, but hate the sin.” Some have gay friends whom they apply that phrase to, while others are so uncomfortable around gays they “love from a distance” and opt out of being friends or even associating with…the homosexuals.
Then there are those Christians who are no longer buying that mantra and are asking more pointed questions on this controversial topic. One such person is Dan Haseltine of Grammy award-winning Christian band, Jars of Clay.
The singer started a firestorm on Twitter a few days ago with a simple tweet, asking a simple question:
"Not meaning to stir things up BUT... Is there a non-speculative or non "slippery slope" reason why gays shouldn't marry? I don't hear one. - Dan Haseltine, @scribblepotemus"
Arguably one of the most popular and successful bands in the industry; Dan’s tweets were obviously met with a backlash that is typical of the Christian community. The whole “Hide yo kids, hide yo wife” mentality where nobody actually knows what they are talking about results in them deleting Jars of Clay out of their iTunes queue and petitioning their local Christian station to stop playing the group. Heaven forbid they listen to what he has to say and engage in an educated conversation about it.
Whether or not you agree, communication about these things is crucial to understanding; no matter what side of the fence you’re on. Refusing to discuss just because you “know you’re right” because of what the “Bible says” doesn’t work for me. Most Christians have so earnestly adopted the opinions and beliefs of others, whether or not they even truly know why, that they have closed themselves off completely to new perspectives or open conversation.