“The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals.” Those were the words of Bill O’Reilly in a recent segment on Fox news. He went on to say that the argument, “We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else” is “a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side.”
Of course, O’Reilly pointed out that a bad argument on one side is not a reason for implementing public policy on the other. But is a “bad” argument truly what bible “thumpers” have? If, by “thumping,” O’Reilly means teaching that the God of the bible needs a better argument, then I wholeheartedly disagree. But, if he means that hostile and illogical thumping of sinners makes for a less-than-compelling argument, then he may have a point.
First of all, let’s agree that if the bible didn’t exist or if the bible were not the word of God, then there would be no moral debate. Scientists might argue over public health, mental health, or even birthrate implications, but morality would be off the table. The result would be as in the days of the Judges; “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Of course, the preponderance of evidence clearly shows that 1) something doesn’t come from nothing, 2) that there is a God, 3) that He has interacted with man as recorded in the bible, and 4) that when man goes against His will it ends very badly.
Secondly, if the bible is the only significant moral argument against homosexuality, then proponents of the bible must do a better job of sharing the logic of the bible. Bible “thumping” might make one feel morally superior, but it does not result in saved souls. Believers must make a better presentation of God’s claims that homosexuality (along with a whole host of other sins) are against His holy nature. God’s words are not erratic, vile hostility, but rather clear, calm, and well considered points of discussion.
Thirdly, bible proponents haven’t always done the best job of sharing God’s word in love. If we are merely “thumping” others with our bibles, we have much to learn about a “gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Jonah 4:2). Unlike Jonah, we must not simply hope for the destruction of sinners. We will not influence others until they see our love for their souls.
Christians must do a better job of sharing the word of God. Nevertheless, no matter how much we fail to properly express the true words of life, they are still true words. If the best that is being done is bible thumping, we can do better. If the best that is being done is teaching the truth in love…well, that is the best that can be done, and that is what is expected of us.