Feelings, Free Speech, and the Gospel

Another strange set of events has emerged recently in the Chicago, IL, suburb of Naperville, where Nequa Valley High School administrators tried to force all of their high school students to participate in the school’s upcoming “Day of Silence” for gay rights.

They were shot down, however. In accordance with the 2006 U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th District decision that the school could not force students to change their “Be Happy, Not Gay” T-shirt message, last week’s ruling forbade school officials from forcing students to remain silent.

Shannon Sullivan, executive director of the Illinois Safe School Alliance, said she sees the ruling as narrow.

“It is based on the same principle that allows students to wear ‘Day of Silence’ t-shirts in school,” she said. “We would certainly not limit the students’ rights to wear those.”

But Sullivan, whose organization leads the “Day of Silence” effort in Illinois, called such opposing slogans on t-shirts intolerant.

“It tells people not to be gay, and people are gay,” she said. “I do think a consequence of wearing a shirt like that is hurting other people’s feelings.”

Far we have fallen from the days when sodomy was a crime. Next, the Safe School Alliance will tell us that we can’t condemn drunk drivers and pedophiles because, “People are drunk drivers and pedophiles.”

Our country suffers from a severe confusion between sinner and sin. A sin is a sin, no matter how many times or how loudly we try to call it “good” or “different.” But as believers in Christ, we are empowered and called to love the lost, calling them to repentance (Matthew 9:12, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31f), and that includes rebuking and correcting their sin (Leviticus 19:17, Proverbs 24:25).

We must name sins and hate them in order to love the sinner in any true way. Sinners need Jesus, perfect, crucified, risen, and reigning. Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance,” (Luke 5:31). We need Him precisely because we are sinners.

If we become afraid to call out sins like homosexuality and abortion, how soon will we be unable to to condemn cheating, lying, and adultery? When will everyone just be “okay” without Jesus?

Maybe our theology is already there.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

One Response to Feelings, Free Speech, and the Gospel

  1. Pingback: God Cares About Your Gender Identity More Than You Do « Your Cross on My Back

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