Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would: A Fresh Christian Approach – $18.00
There are two strong and loud voices surrounding this issue of same-sex attraction. On the far right, there is the voice that cries “you must change!” On the far left, there is the voice that cries “you must not change!” The person in the midst of working through their same sex attraction are then confronted with only these two choices and strong inflexibility from one group or the other depending on how they ultimately choose. Chad’s voice is one of sanity. It acknowledges that some people leave behind their same-sex attraction and others don’t. While we may have opinions as to what someone else should do, we really have to accept the person even if we choose the path we don’t agree with. Whether they seek to embrace the Gay identity or seek to turn away from it, it is their decision and we need to accept them where they are at. Anything else is not loving the person and is political self-serving. Folks who are tied to a political ideology surrounding this issue on one side or the other will probably hate this book because it doesn’t give the affirmation of “we are right and the world should think like us.” Rather, it teaches us to do just what the title says – allow the homosexual to explore possible options and love and accept them regardless of the path they choose.
Chances are you know someone who is gay–a coworker, family member, or friend. And chances are, as a Christian, you’re not exactly sure how to relate to this person. While the church has been pretty good at “hating the sin,” it hasn’t really known how to “love the sinner” without fear of condoning a homosexual lifestyle.
Chad Thompson, a man who has struggled with homosexual feelings, argues that “homosexuality needs to be solved through relationships.” Drawing from the life and words of Jesus, Thompson gives readers permission to love and befriend homosexuals before they change–and radically, even if they never change–their sexual orientation.
This candid book includes an appendix of additional resources. It will be a valuable tool for pastors, teachers, counselors, and any Christian who knows someone who is gay.