The site, Christian Post.com, has articles most days on the falling number of young people identifying themselves as “Christian”.Â Lot’s of ideas are tossed out there.Â Mostly,Â the articles just say that the Church should shout it’s messageÂ louder.Â Then young people wouldÂ get it.
I thinkÂ the major problem for the Christian faith is opposition to gay marriage. Now, I realize that only a portion of Christian churches oppose marriage of gays and some major denominations slowly are accepting it.Â That being the case, one could argue that these liberal denominations should be growing rapidly among the young.Â They are not.
The reason they areÂ not, I believe, is that the news media focus’ on the Pope and the conservative parts ofÂ Protestantism. In this era of fast moving news, lots of news and short attention spans, many young people have no interest in splitting hairs among the branches of the Christain faith.Â
Their attention span is only long enough to absorb this message:Â Â Christians are against gay marriage.Â Christians are against gays.
This anti gayÂ message seals the deal.Â Â They are gone before theÂ liberal branch of ChristianityÂ has a chance to get its foot in the door.
We all know that conservative Christians have tried to parse their position on gay marriage by saying they are not against gays, just gays being married to each other.Â ItÂ will notÂ work.Â
If “separate but equal” did not work in the segregation era, neither will “I have nothing against gays, it’s just that God says they can’t marry,” work today.