This isn’t so much a blog written by me as it is a list of some different resources which form a cohesive, Biblical perspective regarding homosexuality. I hope to offer my own perspective through the views of men much wiser and more studied than myself. The following selection of authors and bloggers have guided my own thinking in many defining ways.
The following three books and a blog embody the core of my beliefs regarding homosexuality, the Church, and the culture-war:
‘Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context’ by the authors Stassen and Gushee, affirms my belief that “marriage is a male-female covenant partnership established by God for God’s purposes” (275) while also bring to light that “spending one’s life crusading against homosexuals hardly fits with the virtues of love, kindness, humility, peace, and patience that are characterize the follower of Christ” (311). They go on in great detail concerning many various elements of the debate and explore different interpretations of the Bible before reaching their conclusions. It’s a book I highly recommend on this topic, and many others, for anyone interested in Christian ethics.
‘God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door’ by Alan Chambers has a title that might make you laugh or cringe, but for Christians who have been locked in the cage-match culture-war on homosexuality, it’s a wake up call. This book seriously and prayerfully approaches the massive task of reaching out to homosexuals with the Gospel. “The simple truth is that Christ died for all of us or He died for none of us. As we consider ministering to those whose lifestyle we don’t understand, we must always remember to offer them the same grace, understanding, and love that Christ offered us” (17).
The final book I’d like to share is ‘A Faith of Our Own’ by Jonathan Merritt. Full of current statistics, personal testimony, and presence of mind demonstrating a finger placed directly on the pulse of all of this, Merritt’s book opened my mind to the national level of hate and pain homosexuals have felt and do feel coming from Christians: “The church has failed the gay and lesbian community” (111). Not just a book of condemnation against the Church, Merritt also offers hope in a better way: “today’s Christians have reflected on the culture and have decided to stop separating from it, to stop outright condemning it and instead engage it” (133).
One particular blog I’d like to bring to your attention constantly publishes gold: the ‘Red Letter Christians’ blog page by Tony Campolo.
A recent entry that was entitled ‘It is Time for the American Christian Church to Surrender the Gay Marriage Fight, Apologize & Share Love’ by Ian Ebright. Throughout the article I had numerous “Yes!” moments as I found my own beliefs articulated far better than I ever could have done. The following lines give a smattering example of some of those “Yes!” moments:
“God did not instruct the church to force the rest of the world to have the appearance of the church.” (Ian Ebright)
“The mistake of the anti-gay marriage movement in the Christian church is that it is an attempt at indirect discipleship by way of restricting another’s freedom, and discipleship has never succeeded in that way.” (Ian Ebright)
“It is profoundly hypocritical to deny homosexuals the right to marry under the banner of marriage purity when divorce and adultery rates in Christian homes are equal to those in the wider world.” (Ian Ebright)
And I will leave off with one of the final lines from the post:
“Here’s the moment when the Christian church will become more relevant, and it’s not when the church wins the culture war.” (Ian Ebright)