We don’t need to guess what God really believes about sexuality, abortion, and critical race theory. The Bible is clear about these things. It isn’t nuanced, so we shouldn’t be either.
One of the biggest criticisms I receive over my blog and social media posts is also one of the biggest compliments I receive.
Some people say I am not nuanced. But considering its meaning, that isn’t a criticism, it’s a compliment.
Actually, I think nuance is one of the biggest problems with evangelicals today.
I don’t want to be nuanced.
Nuance is one of the reasons why many professing Christians get abortions. 20% of American women who get an abortion go to church at least once a week. Meaning, 200,000 babies are murdered every year in America by people who regularly go to church.
Nuance is also one of the reasons why many Christians have embraced critical race theory. Nuance is one of the reasons why many evangelical leaders and pastors have become ineffective in rescuing people from critical race theory and deconstruction.
This is because many evangelicals believe it’s divisive to speak clearly on controversial issues.
The Oxford Dictionary defines “nuance” as “a very slight difference in meaning, sound, color, or someone’s feelings that is not usually very obvious.”
“Nuance” is originally a Middle French word to describe making something more cloudy, shady, or subtle. Meaning, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says—“nuance” is making something “so subtle you might miss it.”
So when some evangelicals say we should be more nuanced on controversial issues like abortion and critical race theory—they’re (intentionally or unintentionally) suggesting our words on abortion and critical race theory should be “so subtle others might miss it.”
Naturally, that explains why many Christians are confused about critical race theory. Nuance is also apparently why some evangelicals claim the Bible “whispers on sexual sin”.
But God doesn’t whisper on controversial issues. God isn’t nuanced. He isn’t vague.