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Following my panel discussion, about which I will report soon, I was approached by a well-dressed guy wearing name badge that identified him on the staff with the Institute for Creation Research, an organization with which I was not familiar. Here’s how it went:
Guy: Did that other panelist say that you think gays can be Christian?
Me: I’m on the record on my blog. I believe that gay marriage is a lifestyle that can be biblically virtuous.
How can you say that?
Do you make women wear head coverings in your church?
Well, I’m not married and I don’t have daughters, so I’m not in authority over any women.
Seriously, did you just say that?
But if I were in authority over women, I guess I would.
Well, if you were a pastor or elder at a church, would you make women wear head coverings?
I have a friend who’s a pastor…
I’m asking you. Not your friend. It’s a yes or no question. If you were a pastor or elder of a church would you make women cover their heads to pray, remove their braids, and not wear gold?
I guess I haven’t really studied that, so I don’t know.
Do you eat shrimp?
I don’t like seafood.
Ugh. I mean, are you biblically prohibited from eating shrimp?
I don’t really follow you.
I’m just asking how you understand all of the different activities in the Bible that are called “abominations” and which ones you engage in and which you didn’t.
Well, I guess I haven’t studied about that. But what do you think about creation?
You mean versus evolution?
I think that creation “science” (yes, I used air quotes) is laughable. It’s not science. It’s ridiculous. But you and I can debate that for eternity in heaven, right? Because me believing in evolution won’t send me to hell.
But believing in the wrong Christ will.