It's interesting to see the evangelical Christian response to the most recent resignation -- that of Paul Barnes. A follow up article published yesterday, I believe, in the Denver Post quotes several leaders calling for compassion and an end to gay bashing. But, there's no sign that there's any change in belief/understanding. Leith Anderson, who replaced Ted Haggard as President of the National Association of Evangelicals made that point clearly:
I honestly don't think there is significant rethinking on evangelical positions on homosexuality, but I think there may be greater compassion" . . . "Those who don't have homosexual inclinations can be judgmental towards those that do. When you discover people you know and respect are struggling with homosexuality, suddenly you're more compassionate because they are real people who are around you, members of your church and community, and the compassion level rises. It should."
The key is knowing people personally, but that's not the final straw. I don't see this issue letting up any time soon. The culture is changing, but the church is standing pretty firm. But I do see signs of change, especially among younger people. I never thought I'd be spending so much time addressing the issue, but like I said, it won't go away.