In recent days, the term “family values” has taken a beating. In response to the recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore wrote, “Regardless of what happens with marriage, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, it often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.” This sparked a useful and friendly email exchange in which one of our elders, Paul Haines, addressed the topic with some of our young men. With his permission, I have compiled his email correspondence into a post in which addresses some his concerns with Dr. Moore’s article.
While there are some good things that Moore said, there are a couple of issues I have with Moore’s article. I will limit it currently to the “family values” issue, since this is what you sent to me. While I do not believe that “Family Values” is the gospel by any stretch of the imagination, “Family Values” are very important and should not be downplayed.