Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Touchstone, 2

Yesterday I commented briefly on a great editorial from the April issue of Touchstone magazine. Today, I want to mention to other articles from that issue.

First, Amanda Witt contributed “Distant Neighbors: On Keeping Children Innocent When Lesbians Move in.” This is a compelling account of the Witt’s family leading their children as they encounter the “new family” in their neighborhood, two lesbians with a daughter, and the questions this raises for the Witt children. It is honest, humble, faithful and a great example of gospel-centered engagement. One of the greatest elements is that it is not in any way triumphalistic. It seems to me they have handled this very well, but she is transparent about the troubling questions this has raised for their children, questions one would certainly have rather not have raised yet. But, we live in a fallen world, and we need not pretend otherwise. Good fodder for pastoral as well as parental thinking. (the full article is available online)

The second article is another gritty, honest piece from a mother. Annegret Hunter’s “Losers Keepers: The Liberating Power of Negative Thinking” is certainly a keeper! She describes the hectic life of motherhood and how it makes her look like a loser in the eyes of the feminist circles she once inhabited. I smiled at numerous places in her opening sections recognizing things which my wife has also said. Mrs. Hunter then moves to discussing how the gospel addresses us not as “winners’ as so typically suggested in the shallower realms of evangelicalism but as “losers” who need the rescue of the one true Champion. The personal account she gives is moving.


Lee Tankersley said...

Ray, my heart broke as I read the portion of the story about her son being fearful because he didn't know if it was alright for him to enjoy playing with the boy down the street. Man, it really made me hate sin and the loss of innocence. I need to read stories like this more so that I might never forget to take sin seriously in my own life.

j razz said...

My husband, in his evening Bible studies with the children, has been focusing on people who decided to make an exception for themselves in obeying certain rules, either because they didn’t understand why God made such a rule, or simply because his law conflicted with their desires. He has not been pounding away at homosexuality in particular; we’d just as soon our kids forget it exists for now.

I cannot even imagine the difficulty these parents must face in teaching their children biblical principles like this.

How do you walk that line in teaching your children truth all the while instilling within them a loving attitude towards the ones who are living in sin? I do not look foward to these talks, but in the same breath I do because it means that my children are growing and learning and being brought up in the truth of scripture. We will have to tackle these issues at some point in time (and I pray that it will be latter than sooner).

It brought a tear to my eye when I read the end of the article: I have, however, been allowed to see one small step. Recently a new family moved in down the street, and the girl with the lesbian mom suggested that my children go with her to meet them.

“You never know,” she said hopefully. “They might be Christians, too.”

Very encouraging article and it makes one think about the tough issues of practically living out our Christian beliefs: i.e. being spiritual.

j razz

Unknown said...

Last year, 2 gay men moved in next door to us. We have really not said much about it to our kids but we have invited them to church with us. We simply love them the way we would anyone else who moved in next door. There is also a man who lives near us that has abused his wife a few times over the years. I'm sure that there are others in our neighborhood that have made other sinful choices. We don't go out of our way to talk about their lifestyles with our kids or what problems they may have in their relationships and no one has gone out of their way to flaunt their lifestyle to our kids. It seems like these neighbors in the article were looking for a conflict. Or maybe I'm just reading something into it. With our kids, we teach them that we are the counter culture. Many Christians seem to think that it's the other way around and they are disappointed to discover that worldly people make worldly choices. What do you expect?

Ray Van Neste said...

I agree that we must see ourselves as the counter-culture. However, I don't think the family in the article were looking for a conflict. As I read it, they were just dealign with the fact that certain issues don't necessarily arise in our children's mind until someone comes into our circle. This does nto mean we expect unbelievers to be righteous it just faces honestly that we hope not to have to deal with homosexuality early on with our kids.

Denny Burk said...


I subscribe to Touchstone, and I read this article. I was moved as well. The last line is the clincher.


Ray Van Neste said...

Hey Denny,

Thanks for stopping by.