In response to Soulforce’s American Family Outing initiative to open dialogue on the issue of homosexuality at six megachurches, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink is advising churches on how it thinks they should respond. At first glance, FotF’s advice may seem reasonable:
Jeff Buchanan, director of church equipping at Exodus International, said each church needs to assess whether a meeting would be helpful.
“I would be completely open to having a meaningful conversation, if both parties were humbly submitted in that conversation,” he said. “I would not enter into a conversation if I knew there was not a sincere openness to the truth.”
Inevitably, however, when Focus on the Family and Exodus refer to “the truth,” no room is left for the possibility that their own interpretation of the Bible could be anything less than infallible. Buchanan continues by recommending that “churches — and all Christians — embrace the issue ‘with compassion, not compromise.'”
In other words, a conservative church should only enter into dialogue when the other party is completely open to admitting that they may be wrong – but the church must be adamantly committed to the absolute rightness of its own position before a single word has been spoken by either side.
Sorry, Focus, but there’s nothing meaningful about such a one-sided conversation.