Ryan T. Anderson is one of the most insightful writers and thinkers in the evangelical world. His research has been cited by two justices of the United States Supreme Court. A magna cum laude graduated from Princeton University with a doctorate in political philosophy from Notre Dame University, his work has been published in the New York Times, the The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policyand many other outlets.
Her book on the transgender issue, When Harry became Sally, is one of the founding works on the subject. I have found it extremely useful in my work. I agree with Anderson the description of his book as “a thoughtful and accessible presentation of the state of scientific, medical, philosophical and legal debates”. In 2018 he to hit #1 on two of Amazon’s bestseller lists before it was even released.
However, you can no longer order his book on Amazon. If you are looking for it the, you’ll see “Sorry, we couldn’t find this page” and a picture of a dog. You can however find that of Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf and Ted Kaczynski Unabomber Manifesto on Amazon. Both have an average rating of 4.5 stars.
John Stonestreet and David Carlson Explain why Anderson’s book is so important and compelling, perhaps the very reasons why Amazon blocked it. the Federalist calls Amazon’s cancellation of Anderson’s book is a “digital book burning.” the the wall street journal respond to Amazon’s action by warning that “tech censorship is accelerating”.
Bill Hybels’ daughter apologizes for her silence
Amazon clearly intends for fewer people to read Anderson’s seminal work on transgender issues. To the extent that their intention becomes reality, their sin will affect many more people than the sinner.
That’s how sin always works.
No pastor in the evangelical Christian world was better known or more trusted than Bill Hybels. Hybels founded Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, creating a model of relevance in ministry that has been studied and imitated around the world. Then came the horrific news: Hybels was charged with sexual misconduct three years ago and forced into early retirement.
Today, Bill Hybels’ daughter, Shauna Niequist, has apologized for his silence following the allegations against his father. Niequist explains that they “shook me to the core and shut me down.” Since then, she “tries to find the words to write about my father and our church”. She was taking the time to “mourn, listen and recover”, but said: “I understand now that my silence has communicated to many that I am defending my father’s actions and his continued silence. I do not. I mourn these two things.
She is just one of the innocent people who have been hurt by sins they did not commit.
Restitution and step 9
How should Christians react when they sin?
As I noted yesterday, we must separate the message from the messenger, hold each other to Christ’s standards, and balance grace and consequence. At the last point, I wrote that “sinners can be forgiven, but they must seek redress”.
Let’s develop this fact.
We know that God will forgive everything we confess (1 John 1:9). Why, then, shouldn’t we just sin and confess, sin and confess, sin and confess? One of the reasons is that God also calls us to repair those whom we have wronged.
Jesus taught us: “If you offer your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your offering” (Matthew 5:23-24). As an example of such restitution, when the notorious tax collector Zacchaeus came to repentance and faith in Jesus, he announced, “If I have frustrated anyone in anything, I return to him fourfold” (Luke 19:8; cf. Exodus 22:1). ).
Of course, there are times when seeking redress can further harm those we have hurt. Step 9 famous Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve steps is to “directly repair these people to the extent possible, unless it hurts them or others”. We should seek the wisdom of God and the guidance of others on how best to help those we have hurt.
Our works “will be revealed by fire”
Restitution is an aspect of repentance. The loss of rewards is another.
Although God forgives everything we confess, He cannot reward sinful behavior. His word is clear: “The work of each will become manifest, for the Day will reveal it, for it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If the work someone has built on this foundation survives, they will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer a loss, although he himself will be saved, but only as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
Every hour we spend in sin is an hour we lose forever. Each time we refuse to obey Jesus, we lose the eternal reward we would have received for such obedience.
So, the time to refuse sin is before we commit it. The next time you are tempted, turn immediately to your Lord. Ask Him for the strength to overcome your enemy (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13), then join Him in the choice of holiness that leads to freedom and joy.
If you are living with unrepented sin, now is the time to repent. The cancer will only spread; more innocent people will be hurt; more refund will be due; more reward will be lost. Turn to God now, knowing that he has already turned to you.
The hand that held the nail
The passion of ChristMel Gibson’s deeply moving depiction of Jesus’ trials and crucifixion, open that day in 2004. Gibson personally invested millions of dollars in the film and directed it. His face does not appear anywhere on the screen, but he does make a very strategic appearance: his hand holds the nail driven into the hand of Jesus on the cross.
His point was simple: Jesus died for his sins. And for yours and mine.
Will you choose holiness out of gratitude to your Savior today?