It’s painful to see scandal afflict the Church. It’s also painful to see those who profess Christ fall into destructive life choices that hurt not only themselves but many others. Schadenfreude is not the appropriate response to the Falwell scandal. Repentance and vigilant sober-mindedness are.
Evangelicals might not like the times, but they must assent to reality if they are to conduct themselves with prudence.
The hope is that Christians in faithful churches won’t be so easily deceived, and that they can effectively help others to avoid or escape toxic personalities and organizations for better pastures.
As I mentioned yesterday, story matters. In fact, it matters so much, it can overwhelm and hide the facts of the case so as to harm one party and benefit another. An example resides in a recent article by Politico that asserts that young evangelicals are giving up their convictions on marriage.
The New York Times ran a profile on the 4th of July that caught my attention. The article highlighted a young woman, Sarah Jones, who works for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a progressive organization that champions secularism.