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Citizenlink 11-5-2007

Leaving Homosexuality: ‘The Two Most Powerful Things Are Love and Prayer’
by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor

Citizenlink:
While six in 10 young Americans said the homosexual lifestyle is a problem facing America, just 1 percent said they pray for those who identify as homosexual. When asked for solutions, just one person in the survey of 1,007 suggested love.

The Barna survey of 16- to 29-year-olds is reported in the new book unChristian, by Barna Group President David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.

Keep in mind the “six in 10 young Americans” quote while we take a look at the introduction of that book, UnChristian:

UnChristian:
Our research shows…their emotional and intellectual barriers go up when they are around Christians, and they reject Jesus because they feel rejected by Christians.

[and]

My purpose in writing this book is to pry open the hearts and minds of Christians, to prepare us to deal with a future where people will be increasingly hostile and skeptical toward us. A new generation is waiting for us to respond.

David Kinnaman then goes on to specify who that new generation is that will be “increasingly hostile and skeptical” toward them.

UnChristian:
The main group we studied is “outsiders,” those looking at the Christian faith from the outside. This group includes atheists, agnostics, those affiliated with a faith other than Christianity (such as Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Mormonism, and so on), and other unchurched adults who are not born-again Christians.

[and]

I will also use two terms that relate to the primary generations we studied, Mosaics (born between 1984 and 2002) and Busters (born between 1965 and 1983)…[W]hen I mention Mosaics and Busters, I am referring to the sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-old set.

So. Mosaics and Busters = 16-29 yr olds = the book’s definition of young adults.

However, Citizenlink says this about the number of those who have a problem with the “homosexual lifestyle”:

Citizenlink:
While six in 10 young Americans said the homosexual lifestyle is a problem facing America, just 1 percent said they pray for those who identify as homosexual. When asked for solutions, just one person in the survey of 1,007 suggested love.

Yet the book only says this (p101):

UnChristian:
This information was derived from a random, representative sample of 1,007 adults, among whom more than 600 said that the homosexual lifestyle is a problem facing America.

There’s no footnote, and the only indication of any particular demographic comes in the last sentence of the paragraph:

UnChristian:
Simply put, Christians think there is a problem but have no idea what to do about it.

So the best one can establish, according to this particular study, in the way that it was presented in the book, is that 6 in 10 Christian adults think the “homosexual lifestyle” is a problem facing America.

Remember, the opinions of “young Americans,” about Christianity are what this book is all about.

The paragraph is unmistakably distinct. A unit unto itself. I read it a few weeks ago when I got the book. There doesn’t seem to be anything nefarious about it. It just seems like the casual use of a completely different study to make a point.

It definitely needs a footnote. Because I don’t see how it could be related to the information that surrounds it. Later on that very same page they say:

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UnChristian:
Even among Mosaic and Buster [16-29 yr olds] churchgoers, fewer than one third believe that homosexual lifestyles are a major problem.

The previous page (p 100) breaks it down even further:

UnChristian:
We have found, however, that opponents of homosexual rights have little influence on young adults-outside or inside the church. In fact, just one out of seven Mosaics (14 percent) and one-fourth of Busters (28 percent) said they strongly oppose changing the laws to grant homosexuals more freedoms, rights, and protections.

So at BEST, according to the book itself, less than 3 out of 10 “young Americans” believe the “homosexual lifestyle” is a problem. Jennifer Mesko of Citizenlink DOUBLES that figure in their article.

This is the “Christian” way in which they treat David Kinnaman’s sincere desire to improve the image of Christianity.

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More importantly, as the research in this book shows, kids are growing up to be more and more accepting of LGBT persons-as persons. Which is of course fantastic news.

As the book puts it (p99):

UnChristian:
A new generation of adults has significantly shifted its view and now accepts homosexuality as a legitimate way of life…[T]hose under the age of twenty-six are much more likely to accept it without consideration.

[and, p100]

The unconventional values of young adults will play an increasingly important role in shaping our society in the years to come, making it much more difficult for those with other views to achieve political traction in this arena. As these new generations begin to make up a larger share of the public, homosexuals will gain greater rights and protections-and widespread acceptance-in our culture.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that David Kinnaman will be joining the cause any time soon. As the Citizenlink article notes:

Citizenlink:
It’s appropriate to be anti-homosexuality,” Kinnaman told Family News in Focus. “It’s not appropriate, for us as Christian believers, to be anti-homosexual, to be anti-sinner, to be against these people. And that really is the perception, that Christians have lost the ability to love and to deal with and to have meaningful friendships with these individuals.

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He writes as though he’s oblivious to the fact that the word “lifestyle” is synonymous with promiscuity when used by the anti-gay crowd to characterize the lives of LGBT persons. For a researcher, this is unacceptable, and flies in the face of the stated objectives of this book.

He repeatedly refers to us as “homosexuals” (as opposed to homosexual persons) as though we are some infestation “thing” that Christians need to deal with. Which also implies that there are no Christians who are same gender attracted.

And the vomit on that cake was relayed in a personal story about a conversation he had with his friend Mark who is gay (bold mine):

UnChristian:
[Y]es, I believe homosexual behavior is a sin, but it’s no different than any other sin, no different than if I sleep with someone other than my wife or even have a momentary sexual fantasy.

That position encapsulates the essence of the meaning of moral relativism. It says that the desire for a life partner, is just as sinful as the desire to CHEAT on that life partner.

This, in the attempt to show “Christians” how to be more Christ-like.

All things considered, you get an “A” for effort David Kinnaman, but you’re sorely in need of an education..

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