It’s a catch phrase loosely based off of the Old Testament Joseph’s redemptive assurance in Genesis 50 to the brothers who had sold him into slavery. And I’m hopeful that it proves to be true with a recent emergence of a non-Bible affirming Christian database.
Boasting the perhaps unintentionally appropriate label, “Church Clarity,” the website seeks to single out churches that are not willing to promote the holiness and wholesomeness of homosexual romantic and sexual relationships.
Church Clarity characterizes itself as “unequivocally inclusive, affirming and celebrating of all people,” and says that it unapologetically allows people of any faith or gender identity to “participate at every level of Church Clarity’s mission.” The organization claims that it does not seek to force churches to conform to its stance toward LGBT relationships, but acknowledges a conflict of interest between its mission and its policy.
“We acknowledge that there is a potential tension between our policy-views and our organizational goal, but we also believe that remaining completely free of bias is impossible for any organization. We are comfortable with this tension and welcome feedback on how we can improve in this regard,” the website reads.
Unsurprisingly the site is being championed by progressive activists who profess a belief in Christ, like Brian McLaren. I say unsurprisingly because this fits a pattern of inconsistency amongst such religious political activists – they claim to be “unequivocally inclusive, affirming and celebrating of all people,” yet wish to ostracize, denounce, and shame those whose devotion to God’s Word compel them to “hate what is evil, cling to what is good (Romans 12:9).”
Nevertheless, I think that despite the transparent efforts to put political and societal pressure on churches, ministers, and ministries to prostrate before the false gods of relevance and popularity, Church Clarity might end up doing a great service to the Kingdom of God. Too many churches shy away from any bold proclamation of truth, attempting to tickle the ears of a culture desperate to be its own god. This watering down of the faith has led many people into a false relationship with Christ, where they believe that God is only partially Sovereign and that He shares joint custody of their thoughts, opinions and beliefs with them.
The sooner that is exposed, the better – for the church of Christ. As beloved Bible teacher Charles Swindoll once powerfully rebuked,
“Pastors who are committed to Biblical exposition must have a confrontive element in their preaching. It is better to be divided by truth than be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and heals than falsehood that comforts and kills. It’s not love, it’s not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is better to stand alone with the truth than to stand for wrong with a multitude.”
Amen and amen. If Church Clarity, even though they are narrowly and absurdly focused on their own pet political cause, helps distinguish houses of worship that understand the truth of Swindoll’s words from those that don’t, God will use their work for great good.