Puritan Board Junior
I also appreciate his stand, but I didn't appreciate the flippancy / humor that was presented by some in this clip. These things should grieve believers, not cause laughter. The Lord isn't laughing.
I think a lot of that was caused by how Todd Friel was conducting the discussion. I don't watch his show regularly but I've seen some clips and this seems to be his thing (even calling his show "Wretched"). I think he wants to be "edgy" and "controversial" but he should just stick to making the points he wants to make. He can come across as rather pantomimish at times. As you say, these are serious matters and should be treated with the utmost seriousness. It suggests almost a lack of conviction in what you're saying if you can't say "controversial" things without making a joke to lighten the mood.
The audience was also to blame. I thought MacCarthur's "go home" comment was excellent and appropriate in a number of ways, but the reaction of the audience was totally over the top. Constant audience reaction is bad enough at political events but a dicussion in a church should be conducted without this sort of response from the crowd. Just sit quietly and listen. Can't seem to be done nowadays.