Monday, July 5, 2021
Good Morning and Welcome to this week’s Gospel and Culture update, by Alan Vink
Monday 5th July 2021
A new resource from the ‘Rainbow Community’ has been published recently. This new resource is ‘Join this Chariot: Christian Schools Supporting Rainbow Students’ Wellbeing’ – and is described as being a “carefully and very lovingly crafted theologically grounded educational resource” and “a taonga.” Here is just one example:- Jonathan and David were in a committed relationship that may have been sexual. Jonathan warned David that he was in danger from King Saul (Jonathan’s father), because Jonathan ‘took great delight in’ David. ‘Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul’ (1 Samuel 18:3). When David and Jonathan have to part for safety reasons, they kiss, ‘they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded’ (1 Samuel 20:41, KJV). The word here translated as ‘exceeded’ literally means ‘become large’, i.e. David had an erection. Many modern translations have hidden this, instead saying ‘they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more’ (NRSV).
Bob McCoskrie and Bruce Logan have written an excellent rebuttal here.
POV. Seriously……this is absolutely bizarre. There is nothing theologically grounded here. It is a seriously bad and sad twisting of scripture. And what’s most bizarre with this is that the organisation ‘Inside Out’ responsible for producing this crazy resource genuinely think that Christian Schools are going to adopt this. Pastors may I encourage you to familiarise yourself with this document. You may want to say something about it to your congregation. And while you are at it have a quick look at the State Education’s curriculum guideline called ‘Relationship and Sexuality Education’, especially pages 34-39.