LifeWay Makes Tough Decision And Takes Stand Against Jen Hatmaker
Homosexuality is becoming one of the most divisive issues in the Church today. Some Christians believe that, basically, the Bible is out of date when it says that homosexuality is wrong. Others believe that the Bible is never wrong, no matter if what it says collides with the current cultural standards.
So churches, individuals, and in this case, businesses, are having to decide where they stand on the issue, and it's not always easy. Just last week, popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker gave an interview in which she strongly affirmed homosexuality. She called it holy, said that she would be okay if her children were gay and would want them to get married, and said that the church needs to support gay relationships. This was surprising to many who follow Hatmaker and don't agree with that. Still, others hailed Hatmaker as being "loving" and "non-judgmental."
But LifeWay, one of the world's largest providers of Christian books and resources, made the tough decision to take Hatmaker out of its stores, reports the Christian Post. They made this statement: "In a recent interview, [Hatmaker] voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage — changes which contradict LifeWay's doctrinal guidelines. As a result, LifeWay has discontinued selling her resources."
This decision has its consequences. LifeWay will potentially lose money from people who would want to buy Hatmaker's books, and they will also receive criticism for their move. They already have, like in this tweet from Jonathan Merrit, who did the interview with Hatmaker: "If you wonder why organized Christianity is withering in the West, see the nasty criticism of @JenHatmaker. God, help us live 1 Cor 13:1."
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