Hard to have a stance that you are acting on the divinely inspired word of god and quote the supporting passages, just to turn around and say that it was all wrong, and that there is a 'creative interpretation' for that, to get around the sanctions in scripture against sodomy and abortion.
How solid can you consider any organization that can change such fundamental things so easily?
Not that I agree with them. I am an atheist with mostly liberal views. I just think that an organization loses credibility when they claim divine inspiration, and then change their minds. Kind of hard to take the divinity of their revelation seriously at that point.
The one thing that many people say that they don't like about Evangelical Christians is that they're hateful. They use God as a weapon, rather than a method to show others Christ's love. In the Bible, Jesus loved and accepted the sick, poor, and outcasts. Evangelical Christians tend to have an attitude that they are better than these people, and they would do almost anything to avoid being around them. They also take every opportunity that they can find to tell the "sinners" that they're going to hell, including homosexuals, and people who have sex out of wedlock.
I believe Evangelical Christians would become more socially acceptable if they were to relax their disapproval of gay marriage and abortion. Any time a group of people decides to be less restrictive with their fellow peer members, they will naturally be more accepted. This, however, would only be a start.
I favour the Kierkegaardian philosophical standpoint, whereby faith can only be held as true if it is accepted by a person solely on the basis of their free will and choice and not imposed on them by another person or institution. If Evangelical Christians were to relax their disapproval of gay marriage and abortion, I would still refuse to accept their beliefs, and would whole heartedly still deem their methodology of imposing their will upon others socially unacceptable.
No, Evangelical Christians will not become more socially acceptable if they were to relax their disapproval of gay marriage and abortion, because people will not be happy with Evangelical Christians until they are no longer Evangelical Christians. The problem people have with Evangelicals is that they believe in and serve God. It is about what they believe, not any specific issue.
Evangelical Christians would probably be more socially accepted if they were to relax their disapproval of gay marriage and abortion by the mainstream public. That said they would lose support of conventional members of their church now. It would be to their disadvantage to lose these long time valuable members of their congregation for popularity of the majority.
No. Evangelical Christians would not become more socially acceptable if they were to relax their disapproval of gay marriage and abortion. Of course, hell would have to actually exist and then freeze over before that happened. But even if they did that stuff, they'd still find things to be hateful and judgey about.