Al Mohler Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was given a short column in the WSJ today. I believe he strikes the right note in the issue of the church and homosexuality.
Mohler's closing sentence is worth sober consideration. "We are about to find out just how much we believe the Gospel we so eagerly preach." Many of my generation, myself included, feel caught in the rhetoric. Is it our own understanding of the Gospel that we need to be considering? We instinctively feel that the the Good News is not just for the straight. We want to make it OK because it sounds terrible to condemn someone for who they are. And yet are we forgetting that there is "therefore no condemnation under the law"? There is an answer. It's the same answer for us as for anyone, gay or straight. It teaches us to "say no to unrighteousness." We accommodate our own sins so thoroughly, its hard to draw what feels like an imaginary line in the sand. Fortunately, we don't have to. God already did (in His word), and made a way for us to hold to it (on the Cross).
Standing strong on a social issue may be as much a vital need for our own sanctification, as a concern of the Church as whole. The impact on our society, while incredibly important, is a distant third.