23 Apr Are you guilty of “cognitive dissonance”?
By Gary Hendrix
– What is “cognitive dissonance”?
anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits.
Albert Mohler points to the sad reality that many politicians, conservative politicians, and a growing number of evangelicals are endeavoring to maintain “cognitive dissonance” on the issue of same-sex marriage. That should not be a problem for believers who take the Bible, the entire Bible, seriously. Dr. Mohler says plainly and helpfully, for example, that attending a same-sex marriage is tacit approval of the morality of that union. Presidential candidates are being confronted with that question. Apparently, the en vogue response is that of opposing the legislative establishment of same-sex marriage while being willing to show respect for same-sex individuals by attending their wedding if invited. That compromise satisfies only those who either do not understand or do not care what the Bible says.
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
— Romans 1:32
Giving tacit approval of that which God forbids is considered by Him as being deserving of death under His judgment.
This kind of dilemma will be faced by all of us. Are we so set in our opposition to same-sex marriage that we would refuse even to attend the wedding of a close homosexual friend or even a homosexual relative? Our fidelity with Scripture and our loyalty to Christ are going to be tested in unprecedented ways. Now is the time to resolve such questions, before they come with actual names and faces.
There is much in today’s The Briefing that deserves your serious consideration. Thus I have posted the link below.
Beloved, we must gird up our minds with grace and truth now so that as the tests come we will honor the One Who redeemed us with His blood. And, so, that we can commend Him to the world as worthy of such service.