Over in the comment section at First Things, Thabiti Anyabwile responds to my critique of his Gospel Coalition post. Since Kyle Keating and I drew a lot of attention to his original blog post, it seems only fair to share his response with our readers:
Thank you for the very charitable and thoughtful response to my post. I appreciate your graciousness and your insight.
I won’t offer further defense of my post since a couple others have commented in ways that reflect my own push back. I mainly just want to thank you for your example of winsomeness.
I would say two things simply for clarity’s sake:
First, I never intended to offer in that post a full theology or a pastoral theology for gender, relationships, and sexual behavior. I agree that such is needed. However, the post was something much smaller in scope than that, an attempt to first describe the rhetorical and emotional shifts that have happened in the culture through the lens of a think tank meeting and then to offer my sense of where we need to return the conversation if we want the cultural results to account for first principles.
Second, this was not something written with pastoral responsibility in view. Perhaps it should have been. But I don’t think it a dereliction of my pastoral duty to comment on a political phenomenon that itself affects pastoral practice. Nor did the persons in my congregation who in various ways are fighting faithfully against same-sex attraction think so, since a couple of them wrote me very thankful emails in reply.
Thank you for your labors on this and other fronts. I pray the Lord’s richest blessings upon you! Grace and peace,
He also responds in more depth to the controversy as a whole over at his Gospel Coalition blog.