The church today is faced with many issues that are causing a stir in Christianity. The controversies have been heightened as Christians take sides and everyone is using the scripture to support their arguments. As the debate heightens, the Bible seems the point of reference. Christianity is affected by a number of issues, some of which are discussed in this post.
One of the common problem affecting the church is gay marriage. Gay marriage has resulted in divisions among many Christian denominations. Not every Christian agrees to gay marriage, some view it as unethical. It is worth noting that not all churches have taken the issue of gay marriage that serious, however, for some churches, the issue is more prevalent. To make the issue hot, the churches that support gay marriage have gone to the extent of allowing such unions among their priests. Such denomination have called on the church to support gay clergy and granting them the right to perform same-sex marriages.
In addition to gay marriage, abortion is also causing a stir in the church. At first, one might think the issues is not a controversy in the church as it affects other religions. Abortion has caused the church to take part in as it encourages the congregation to think carefully on the topic since people will have different stands on the topic. Not everyone is against abortion, a section of Christians accept the practice. The churches that accept abortion argue that the practice is right only if it is done to save the life of the mother. However, those against it term it as killing an unborn baby. Those who support abortion claim that it is only right if it is carried out in the right place, using the right equipment and supervised by a doctor.
Abortion and gay marriage are not the only issues affecting the modern church, social justice is known to also cause a stir in most churches. The issue of social justice is a consequence of unequal wealth and resource distribution, unfair treatment of people with diverse and legislation that encourages segregation.
Women getting leadership positions in churches has become a major issue in today`s churches. Some denominations tend to be against women taking leadership positions, while more liberal denominations tend to accept it. The fact that Jesus never appointed women to be his follower, make certain denominations to think that women are not allowed to be leaders in the church and the society at large.
Churches are also faced with the issue of immigration. Certain denominations instruct its faithful that good a government has two main duties which are to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the human person. Since individuals have the right to migrate to places of their choice, the governments need to accommodate their rights in the best way possible.