The news is not good. A quick scroll down my Twitter feed is all I need to prove my point. Christians coming out in droves to vote for Donald Trump, a bully and unrepentant adulterer. Christians promoting organizations that support people like CJ Mahaney and Doug Wilson. Christians going on the radio to teach other Christians that if their teenager comes out of the closet the child should be kicked out of the house and onto the street.
I’m not a huge Amy Grant fan (read: I don’t like her music at all), but when I see this I think of an ancient song of hers, “What about the Love.”
Something’s wrong in Heaven tonight
You can almost hear them cry
Angels to the left and the right
Saying “What about the love?”
Last night I went out with Spock for our mother-son date night. We had a deep conversation about what I consider to be the greatest evil (but more on that another time). I shared with him that I want him and his brothers to be champions for the marginalized, the outcasts from the church. And, despite what you might have heard, adulterers and bullies and criminals are no longer necessarily among those. The news shows that those people are the accepted and the tolerated. Their victims are those who are now marginalized. They are the families and victims of Christian institutions covering up child abuse. They are the spouses told they must remain married to unrepentant adulterers and abusers. They are the asexual or homosexual teens shunned by their church and family.
But how do I know all these things, all this bad news? Because someone was brave enough to report it. Which is the good news. The good news is that there are people willing to speak up and not be silent in the face of these travesties. There are organizations and individuals who are committed to the truth. I hope that my kids will grow into those people themselves. And I pray that I will be able to prepare them to not lose faith in the face of all the bad news.