Jonathan Merritt, reporting today from Q Ideas in Boston, about Q’s Gabe Lyon’s controversial decision to invite Christian speakers who support gay marriage:
Even still, some conservatives protested the decision. Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration urged Lyons to rescind his invitations to pro-gay panelists who Teetsel called false teachers professing to be Christians. Owen Strachan, president of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, echoed the sentiment and tweeted that he was “shocked that @QIdeas features pro-‘gay-Christianity’ speakers.”
Lyons did not respond publicly to the criticism, but said such positions were rooted in fear.
“Some people are afraid that if those who are theologically progressive are invited, it suggests they hold an equally valid idea,” Lyons said. “We still believe the historic view of sexuality is true, but we are also confident that the trueness of that view can carry its own weight.”
Lyons is exactly right. If the traditional Christian perspective is true, then it should be able to carry its own water in any debate conducted in the light of day. Any effort to sequester these debates internally – or worse, shut them down completely as Eric Teetsel clearly prefers – is a tactic rooted in fear.