Alistair Begg's chapel speech misrepresented spirit of Christianity
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Last Wednesday’s chapel by Alistair Begg led to some heated discussions around campus. Some people were ecstatic that someone stood up and preached the gospel for once. Others felt deeply shamed and marginalized.
To those of you who felt marginalized, I would like to formally apologize as much as I can for my brother in Christ and how his message hurt you. As Christians, I believe that we are not called to shame others for their past mistakes or their present choices, but to love them regardless of how we view these choices and actions. I am truly sorry for the emotional harm done to you. God is a God of love. Sometimes we, as fallen and imperfect beings, fail to represent that aspect of Him properly.
As for those of you who were glad we had a chapel speaker who finally preached God’s word, I have a couple of questions. At what cost would you like to be validated? Should the validation of your actions come at the price of others’ shame? I am in no way attempting to shame you as well, and if it comes across that way, I apologize. But sex is one of those topics that Christians find easy to target — if you have abstained, have a pat on the back; if you have not, you should feel ashamed of yourself.
In regards to this stance, I would like to point to Matthew 5:27-28, which never seems to be mentioned in discussions of sex. It states that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. I myself have lusted many times, and although I can’t speak for everyone, I would wager that most of us, if not all, have had impure thoughts before. Therefore, according to Scripture, we have sinned just as much as those who have had sex. We are equal in God’s eyes — desperate sinners in need of a Savior. Christians are the ones who talk of greater and lesser sins. God, being 100 percent pure, sees all as equally horrendous.
Therefore, I come before those who felt marginalized in humility, begging for forgiveness. I am just as much in need of a Savior as you. For those who were glad, I pray that you would extend love and grace to others regardless of their past or present. I know that some of the LGBTQ+ community felt marginalized as well, and I do not want to dismiss you. Know that you are loved and your opinion matters.
God is a God of love and his people should be a community that stands out in humility and grace. I invite any of you in the Westmont community to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to discuss this topic further.