Continuing with the examination by Paul VanderKlay (PVK) of the results of the recent synod of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) on the subject of gay marriage. Regarding the result, and as a reminder:
The Christian Reformed Church, a small evangelical denomination of U.S. and Canadian churches, voted Wednesday (June 15) at its annual synod to codify its opposition to homosexual sex by elevating it to the status of confession, or declaration of faith.
The vote was overwhelming.
PVK has released a third video looking at the vote and the aftermath, entitled “What is a Confessional Conversation and How it Could Help the CRCNA Sort out its Future.” Through it, he expands on his thoughts of the need of just such a conversation within the CRC.
I commented at this video, and will expand on these comments here. These comments are relevant to his denomination, the broader Church, and overall, regarding society – as the same issues tearing apart one are tearing apart all.
A thing cannot both be and not be at the same time. To be or not to be, and all that…. “Or,” not “and.”
There is a standard or there isn't a standard; there is an ideal or there isn't an ideal; there is objective truth or there isn't objective truth; there are borders or there aren’t borders; there are boundaries or there aren’t boundaries; there is a created order or there isn't a created order; there is natural law or there isn't natural law.
1 Corinthians 14: 33 (a) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
How might we understand a God of confusion as opposed to a God of peace? What characteristics would describe one verses the other? And, as God is a God of peace, what might this mean regarding these characteristics?
Imagine a world built on standards, ideals, objective truth, borders, boundaries, created order, natural law. Then imagine a world with no standards, no ideals, no objective truth, no borders, no boundaries, no created order, no natural law. The first would be peaceful, the second would be confusing.
One could consider the characteristics of “peace” as traditional conservatism. As I have written in the past, the only meaningful thing to conserve – as all other markers are just points at which conservatives attempt to slow down the momentum of progressives – is a natural law ethic.
One could consider the characteristics of “confusion” as progressivism, modern liberalism, leftism, etc. But this isn’t quite true. These groups do have a standard – and that is to have no standard; they do have ideals – and that is to have no ideal; they have an objective truth – that there is no such thing as objective truth. So, while the statement isn’t quite true of these groups (no standard, no ideals, etc.), the practical result and application is the same.
A society without borders or boundaries – no right to justly acquired property, no right to one’s bodily integrity and life. Is this a peaceful society? A society with no commonly accepted standard or ideal – will this lead to peace or confusion?
So, in this discussion / debate in the CRC, the broader Church, and society overall, which side is the side of peace, and which side is the side of confusion? Can there be a meaningful and successful conversation (a conversation moving closer to common understanding) between those on the side of peace and those on the side of confusion?