A prominent Christian author and pastor says evangelicals in America are responsible for their own oppression – a charge that is being labeled as "absurd."
Pastor and author Tim Keller (pictured) suggests that if culture warriors in the 1980s and 1990s had been kinder and gentler with homosexual activists, they might like Christians better today. In an interview with Church Leaders Podcast last week, Keller stated he usually would agree with what he calls the "Christian right" – citing his opposition to abortion and same-sex "marriage" as examples – but that the tactics evangelicals have used in the past have permanently alienated some in the homosexual community:
Keller: "But you know how [evangelicals] raised their money? For 20 years, they sent out letters talking about how you've got to send us money because the gay people are going to try to come and take your children away, and because they're evil, and because Democrats and the Left are going to destroy your religious liberty. They just said awful things and vilified people. It's one of the reasons why so many gay activists now just don't want to forgive evangelicals."
He described that approach as the "Nietzsche-an way" that resulted in keeping evangelicals "frothing at the mouth" about how things are going bad and "making everybody so angry."
Keller: "Friedrich Nietzsche said there is no truth. So you can't appeal to truth. What you appeal to is fear and resentment, and that's how you get power and that's how you win."
Robert Knight is a conservative columnist for The Washington Times and One News Now.
"I understand that Tim Keller lives in the belly of the beast – that is, New York City," says Knight. "But even he can't help but notice the full-scale assault on children by the LGBTQ activists, who are now in virtually every school. They've affected media, they've affected entertainment.
"Has he ever heard of 'Drag Queen Story Hour,' for instance?" the columnist wonders.
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