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The Point: Moral Clarity . . . In Every Circumstance


John Stonestreet

Why moral clarity on one and not the other? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Recently, a New York City pastor was asked by the hosts of the television show “The View” his thoughts as a pastor about various moral dilemmas, including racism, homosexuality, and abortion.

Now historically, Christian pastors have rightly understood that their place in the larger society is not limited to, but certainly includes, speaking out on key moral issues in our society.

So when asked about racism, this New York City pastor was unequivocal in his condemnation—and rightly so. Racism is from the pit of hell, and ought never be supported or dismissed by people of faith. Unfortunately, when asked about homosexuality and the taking of unborn innocent life, this same pastor refused to take a clear moral stand.

This is what one of my friends calls “cocktail party pressure.” But we can’t simply have moral clarity on issues where the larger culture agrees with us. We must be clear on the unpopular issues, too. God give us the strength.


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