I am afraid we are making the same kind of mistake again, which is why I am speaking out. Campolo said as a Christian sociologist, he has heard every kind of biblical argument against gay marriage, and in some cases he has made them.
There were skid marks on the hill where he was found, and these suggested he had crossed a lane of traffic. These new friends helped him realize that the work of a minister is often not to save people, as so many evangelicals try to do, or even to change them, but just to love them unconditionally.
There was a reason he turned to it. The group began at Harvard and now has anywhere from to people at its weekly meetings, only a third of them students.
In this season of testing, Christians committed to the gospel of Christ are called upon to muster the greatest display of compassion and conviction of our lives. Ronald Sider, my esteemed friend and colleague at Eastern University. Campolo has fallen out of touch with many of his old evangelical comrades.
He was, in a sense, not unlike a college student himself: away from the only home he ever knew, ripped from his comforting traditions, trying to figure out who he was, now that he could be anything.
Retrieved October 23, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Despite his criticisms of the politically conservative evangelical communityCampolo has also criticized the more liberal mainline Christian denominations because "they fail to emphasize a personal, transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today, as you have pointed out, the pendulum has swung perhaps too far in the opposite direction. In just one statement, Campolo authoritatively changes all Christian understanding of marriage and sex while urging people to follow him down the black hole into the abyss of relativism.
You raise a very good question. No doubt about that.
Atheists and agnostics have long tried to rebottle religion: to get the community and the good works without the supernatural stuff. Not long before that, some Christians even made biblical cases supporting slavery. We in the Church should actively support such families.