Hi Katherine, I agree with youin seeing Millennial and Gen X and younger thinking its ok to pick and choose scripture and abandoning tough scripture which has become unpalitable to them. I would also have to say the same thing for some of my generation too that think this is acceptable. The gospel goes beyound that of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and envelopes all of scripture, it is a rather sad state of affairs that we find ourselves in an upward battle to win hearts minds and souls.
I read an article recently of a SSA pastor who decided to remove many parts of their Bible because they felt that they where not relevant, at the end what was left was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Picking and choosing scripture is something we cannot do. Perhaps some people need the proverbial kick up the backside to wake them up a little.
Yes believers may interpret scripture differently depending on what their theology looks like and this can be confusing espcially to those who are young believers who are in the formative years of faith, they will becoming with preconsived ideas and attempting to weigh up what the world is saying against what the church is saying. Can be challenging but requires the tough questions to be asked and a response given in the church. the more the church side steps the issue and lets the world dominate the conversation we start to become less effective. Should we not foster an enviroment where those questions can be asked either in the main gathering or in smaller house / life groups.
My wife helps to run a study group for young mums and I always ask what questions get asked. She tells me that they do not shy away from the tough questions and it makes me smile and think this is good, because they feel safe to ask them. they are open and discovering and seeking and perhaps God will act and convict them of how they are living out life at the moment.
Yes western values are being erroded all around us and we cannot let ourselves be carried with it, the more the church swims in the same direction as the cultures we live in the less effective the message becomes. we are called to be counter cultural to be that beacon of hope that helps and points people to Jesus.
Have you read the book: “counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt.”
I really liked this book it got me thinking and will be one that I will be re read again later this year.
asking questions of the people we minister too, that we what to love are good its important to get them to thinkm process and ponder like we are doing here.
I wonder as to how many people who think that we are being judgemental or meadling ar esimply reading scripture at face value through western eyes without considering the original context it was written in? Or on some really tough topics the historical relevance at the time.