Two Christians who each have a large platform in America today are columnist Kirsten Powers and Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC. Both of them are reaching thousands of people with their ideas and their convictions. And both of them seem to be filled with tremendous compassion and a deep measure of Christ’s love.
Kirsten and Carl have something else in common. They are both popular speakers in the “secular pulpits” of America.
Kirsten is a columnist for The Daily Beast and USA Today, as well as a Fox News political analyst. Those are three pretty significant secular pulpits. It is obviously not the goal of those organizations to advance the Christian message, but they do allow Christians at times to write and speak from their pulpits.
Like Powers, Lentz attracts much interest from secular pulpits. He recently was interviewed by CNN where he was pressed on his views concerning homosexuality. Lentz said he does not want “a media moment to dictate how we approach it.” In other words, he didn’t want to preach from the secular pulpit of CNN that homosexuality is a sin. In addition, he said he even refuses to address it publicly in his own church because Jesus “did not address the issue on the record in front of people.”
I appreciate Carl’s desire to show respect for people who experience same-sex attraction. Too many people over the years have “gone after” those who struggle with this particular temptation. Where is the compassion in that mean-spirited approach?
At the same time, Carl will surely now find himself in a catch-22. By refusing to address certain sins publicly, even when asked about them in an interview, he is bound to struggle with the inconsistent approach of publicly addressing some sins but not others. This will become an awkward road to travel, especially as he continues to get asked the question: “Is homosexual behavior sinful in God’s eyes?”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.