What Tim Farron Should Have Said

What Tim Farron Should Have Said on Falcondale Life blog. This Christian Leader of the Liberal Democrats was asked if gay sex was wrong and he didn't give a very convincing answer. It's a very hard question because any answer will upset someone. But there's no need for him to judge. In fact that would be unwise. Opinions are one thing, judgement is another. And I think he knows Love Wins. This is a picture of the monument to William Tyndale at North Nibley. He translated the Bible into English and was matyred for it.

Tim Farron, as leader of the Liberal Democrats and a Christian, was asked if he thought gay sex is a sin. He said no – eventually. He was wrong.

What he should have said was this.

“I find the idea abhorrent. God will judge us.”

What did you say??!!??

I hope by now you are wondering where I am going with this. Because if you follow me on Twitter you will know I have a habit of retweeting Nathan Hamm, Glennon Doyle and anyone else who champions Christian love and inclusion for the LGBTQ community. (Go follow them now!)

So this is how I think Tim Farron should have continued.

“You ask me how I view this as a Christian. Well, If God is going to judge us, I certainly should not. The idea that I have any right to a judgemental opinion on consensual love between two people is abhorrent. If it harms no-one, it’s none of my business. I am not entitled to an opinion and you shouldn’t be asking me for one. By asking me to make a judgement, you are making me a judge where I have no right to be one. In politics I may seek to uphold the fabric of society, and LGBTQ people are not – with their loving relationships – giving me any cause for concern. In fact, some of them are making a better go of marriage and community cohesion than some of the straight people.

What Tim Farron Should Have Said on Falcondale Life blog. This Christian Leader of the Liberal Democrats was asked if gay sex was wrong and he didn't give a very convincing answer. It's a very hard question because any answer will upset someone. But there's no need for him to judge. In fact that would be unwise. Opinions are one thing, judgement is another. And I think he knows Love Wins. This is a picture of the monument to William Tyndale at North Nibley. He translated the Bible into English and was matyred for it.

Monument to William Tyndale who was martyred for translating the Bible into English.

Marginalised

“I am also not going to judge the people who declare gay sex to be wrong. I’m not going to pile judgement upon judgement. Neither should you. Now these people are beginning to be marginalised, and Jesus has great compassion for marginalised people, regardless of what ideas they have in their heads.

“We all say that God will judge but He’s not keen on the possible outcome of that judgement because He’s perfect and we are not. Any outcome that sends us away from him breaks His heart. That’s why He’s sent Jesus to redeem us. So there’s even less point in being judgmental. God has already done something to save people on all sides of the argument. Let’s just accept that and stop feeling entitled to think that our own opinion on gay sex counts.

What Tim Farron Should Have Said on Falcondale Life blog. This Christian Leader of the Liberal Democrats was asked if gay sex was wrong and he didn't give a very convincing answer. It's a very hard question because any answer will upset someone. But there's no need for him to judge. In fact that would be unwise. Opinions are one thing, judgement is another. And I think he knows Love Wins. This picture is Fontevraud Abbey in the Loire Valley.

Alpha and Omega at Fontevraud Abbey.

Opinion

“Having said that it is very hard not to have an opinion. It’s hard not to think over the issues and wonder what is God’s heart. I would never discourage anyone from thinking it through, praying about it, studying the Bible together and seeking the truth. Doing this earnestly will change you in ways you are not expecting. Don’t forget, Christians are called to serve the people they like the least. If you want to accuse me of being counter-cultural, just try to imagine doing that.

“Having an opinion is not the same as judging. I may have a strong opinion on many issues but I can deliver my views and policies without seeking to send any human to condemnation. I won’t make excuses for people in the wrong, but I won’t treat them like I’ve never also been in the wrong. It’s so important to remember that nobody’s perfect; we should all be humbled by that.

“But saying “gay sex is wrong” or “not wrong” isn’t an opinion: it’s a judgement. There’s no softening that. So the answer to your question is no, I, Tim Farron, have no judgement to offer. And my opinion is that love wins.”

Disclaimer:

For what it’s worth I, Janet, the author of this blog admit to being very judge-y. For which I am sorry. Writing this is unlikely to stop me entirely but it might help a bit.

I don’t often blog about Christian faith, but sometimes it just happens. Read another by clicking here.

8 Comments

  1. 18th June 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Great photos, for reading the post my English isn’t enough.
    Greetings from Germany

  2. S Anderson
    15th June 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Funny, I’ve been thinking recently about whether Tim Farron was right or wrong to have handled the questions about gay sex in the way he did. I’ve also considered how I might have answered such questions had I been in the same position. The conclusion I came to, like you, relates to judgement. We are not called upon to judge others, even though we do! That is God’s role when the time comes. We are instead called upon to LOVE others, even our enemies, whatever their creed, colour or sexual orientation. God may not approve of the behaviour or actions of certain sectors of society but he still LOVES them because He IS LOVE and does not know how to do anything else.

    • 15th June 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks for commenting – nice to hear from you. I do think he missed an opportunity to really sock it out there. Perhaps he was feeling so much under attack that he didn’t see what could be done.

  3. 15th June 2017 / 9:20 am

    The continued hounding of Tim Farron has made me so angry, and I can understand why he felt he had to stand down. I still see him being called a homophobe even though there’s little evidence for that, just because he’s a Christian so people assume he must be. I think this post explains it perfectly, it’s not our place to judge what is or isn’t a sin!

    • 15th June 2017 / 9:22 am

      I gather his voting record has been all supportive of LGBTQ people. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Lesley Beever
    15th June 2017 / 8:16 am

    This is brilliantly explained, Janet. Thank you!

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