It took roughly a century for the now-called Copernican Revolution to establish the new paradigm for the solar system–a paradigm that removed the earth from the center of the universe and replaced it with the sun. Between the initial proposal and its establishment, proponents were shamed, sunned, and even martyred. The Church was one of the harshest opponents, because whenever theology is injected into an issue, it becomes much more debatable and divisive.
There are parallels between that revolution and others, including the current divisive debate regarding human sexuality. My question today is simply: How many bonafide evangelicals are going to have to be shamed, shunned, and thrown into the ideological fires before someone says, “You know, these people have a point.”
As long as bonafide, orthodox Christians are dismissed literally or figuratively, only the illusion of correctness remains–rather than the creation of a new paradigm born of mutual respect and holy conferencing. The easiest thing in the world to claim is correctness when no one else’s view is taken seriously. As long as genuine evangelicals are tossed aside with little more than the cheap shot, “Isn’t it a shame that they used to be Christian, but are no longer,” the lies will be held as truth and the illusions will stand as reality.
And that is how things went with respect to the Copernican Revolution–for a while. And that is how things are going to go again. The blood of the martyrs is still the seed of renewal, and when that sacrifice is being made by Christians whose faith and status is genuine and indisputable, God will work to establish a new paradigm with respect to human sexuality–not one that is heretical, but one that is representative of new and valid considerations.
The first proposals put forward concerning the solar system were imperfect, and it took about 100 years for the paradigm shift to be fully rooted in the scientific community. But once the vitriol, persecution, and caricaturing subsided, once the scientists got in the same room and compared notes, the world was headed for needed change.
Similarly, we need not think the first draft regarding a new paradigm for human sexuality will be flawless. It will take time and courage to refine it and allow it to take root. But if we can put off the armour of denigration and put on the mantle of dedication, we will once again experience a revolution that will move us farther into the Light. We have a moment. Do we have the will?