Ask me what I think about any of those things and I’m probably too quick to tell you what *I* think… But what I often forget to make clear is: even though there can be important issues behind these things, it doesn’t really matter what Christians think about these things. ”Why the heck not?” someone asks. Because whereas other religions are about having the right morality (you must worship Allah like this, and not HaShem like that, grrr that makes God angry), and many religious factions are about “being right” (atheists are convinced Christianity can’t be true because many Christians today don’t believe in evolution – that’s like believing your accountant knows nothing about taxes because he thinks Miley Cyrus is the name of a new constellation), Christianity isn’t about being right about one particular issue, or religious code… Christianity isn’t even about morality – you can be perfectly moral without religion. Instead, Christianity is about Sin and Redemption, a God who sacrifices Himself for people, so that sinners can become sons.
That means you can believe the world is flat, and still be a Christian. You can even pray the wrong way and still be a Christian. You can believe something that Jesus disagrees with – and still be a Christian. Because the core Christian belief is that you’re not saved because “you” are so good or wise, or because of anything that you’ve done…but that you’re saved because of what Jesus has done. Taking our sin on the Cross, and making us children of God.
God doesn’t expect us to know everything perfectly and be right about everything… A good father doesn’t look at his child and disown her for being different, or not agreeing with everything, or skinning her knee in the playground. Whatever is imperfect in her, she’ll grow and learn and learn to walk better.
In the same way, Christians WILL learn to think like God when it comes to guns and science and homosexuality and money and culture and career and television and prayer…and everything…we’ll know more and understand things better later. Hopefully we get far in that direction (the direction called holiness) while we’re still in this world, but if not we’ll see more clearly in the next. And before you accuse me of defending the wrong beliefs of Christians – consider for a moment what humility this would instill for those who believe this! Regular people get open minded and change their minds, rarely, only when they have to. But a Christian seeking God’s mind is an active participant, trying to understand, trying not to make God look bad (although sometimes we fail in that), seeking His mind, seeking truth.