Empathy is godly. But it’s also dangerous. That was the message I heard.
Empathy seemed to stand opposed to the “dispassionate biblical exegesis and moral reasoning” that are exalted by so many Evangelicals as the bedrock of Christian ethics.
The term “slippery slope” comes up
a lot as an argument against
same-sex couples marrying.
If we allow a man to marry another man, the argument goes, then why not a man and a dog? But in many Christian circles, the slippery slope starts much higher on the mountain: If I am sensitive to the experiences of gay people, what’s to prevent my sensitivity from undermining my beliefs. So befriend with caution.