When I wrote my first article on being a same-sex-attracted Christian, what surprised me most were the emails I started receiving from straight men. People attracted to the opposite sex read about same-sex attraction for many reasons. Sometimes a pastor wants to disciple a young man who experiences same-sex attraction. Sometimes a woman wants to know how to love a sister who identifies as lesbian and has left the church. Still others simply want to think biblically about trends they see in the culture around them. But Christians who experience same-sex attraction are asking questions that tap into some very universal streams.
Straight to Jesus by Tanya Erzen - Paperback - University of California Press
A guide for relating to friends and congregation members who experience same-sex attraction. Our society and its view of sexuality has rapidly changed in the past 50 years. We live in a country that is struggling to determine the legal definition of marriage. Parents are wondering how to explain to their children why a playmate has two mommies or two daddies.
This beautiful letter of sorts has been reprinted with permission of the author, John Pavlovitz, who originally shared it on his own blog, johnpavlovitz. Yes, sign me up. Skip to main content.
It hardly needs to be said that entering the debate in this way exposed the Ramsey Colloquium to angry denunciation and was, for some of its members, an act of courage. We believe that any understanding of sexuality, including heterosexuality, that makes it chiefly an arena for the satisfaction of personal desire is harmful to individuals and society. Any way of life that accepts or encourages sexual relations for pleasure or personal satisfaction alone turns away from the disciplined community that marriage is intended to engender and foster. This is a profoundly counter-cultural vision of human sexuality and one that can be helpful as we struggle with the moral question that is before us: should the church affirm faithful relationships between same-sex partners?