[The following was a comment that I made in a discussion linked to the recent Chick fil a frenzy. Various people I've spoken with have couched their discussions of Chick fil's stand for Christian family in "We've too often put homosexuals on the outs and been legalistic about marriage and not emphasized the gospel enough."]
I'm all for the gospel. It drives our Christian life. Agreed. But sometimes I feel there is not the balance there ought to be regarding the law and gospel. Sometimes, among the Reformed, I think it is GOSPEL and... (law, oops, did I say that? Sorry. I meant GOSPEL!).
I want to say at times, "Why can't we have a vigorous affirmation of both LAW and GOSPEL?"
Sometimes I am deeply saddened that a Reformed guy can't be up front about the depths and extent of the law. In the end, they do a injustice to the gospel because they are not driving men to Christ as they ought. Moreover, they do an injustice to the whole of Christianity becuase they fail to show how God reigns (through his law) over all aspects of life.
As for the whoop-la of the moment: I don't think it is so much anything Christians have done (or said) wrong. I simply think it is the hatred of the world for the law of God. They will claw and fight the light of the truth no matter where it may be found (or how dim the light may be--from what I gathered, Chick fi lay didn't really lay it on think. They simply made a little statement and got jumped on for it.)
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