Kirsten Powers has a very curious column in today’s USA Today. It’s “curious” because of what we know about Powers. On the one hand, Powers has gone public with her Christian commitment. On the other hand, she seems to be wobbly on the Bible’s teaching about sexuality. I’ve heard her make statements to this effect in the past, and her column today seems to be very sympathetic to Matthew Vines’s book God and the Gay Christian.
I say “seems” because technically speaking the article is not so much about what she thinks, but about what American Christians might do. Her opening question frames the whole article: “Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships?” The rest of the column reads more like an analysis of that question, not like a definitive expression of her opinion. Even her conclusion is tentative: “Perhaps the same question should be asked about gay Christians.” Reading between the lines, her essay comes across like an endorsement of Vines. Nevertheless, formally, it stops short of a clear, unambiguous endorsement. What are we to make of this reluctance? I don’t know.
I’ve written elsewhere about the arguments in Vines’s book, so I won’t rehash all of that here. But I will say that the case he makes is wrong at nearly every level—exegetically, historically, theologically, pastorally. His book is riddled with problems. In short, his book is a massive error and a clear departure from the Christian faith. To follow Vines’s argument is to walk away from the teaching of scripture.
Perhaps the tentative tone of Powers’s column indicates that she is still sorting some of this out. At least I’m hopeful that’s what it means.