How Should Nonaffirming Christians View Affirming Christians? – An Excerpt from People to Be Loved
“This is, perhaps, one of the most pressing ethical questions facing the church today.” Referring to the issue of same-sex attraction, Preston Sprinkle says in People to Be Loved, it’s “not about what the Bible says but what the Bible means.” But one step beyond the issue of interpretation is how should we interact with others who hold differing views? As difficult as it is, Sprinkle encourages us to listen well and love well in this excerpt.
This is by far one of the hardest questions I’ve had to think through as I wrestled with this topic. It’s one thing to weep with those who experience same-sex attraction but think it’s wrong to act on it. But what about those Christians who have studied the Bible and disagree with my interpretation? They love Jesus, believe in…
2 Reasons Why We Need a New Conversation About Homosexuality
Preston Sprinkle weaves together these two questions in a new book, appropriately titled People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue. With rhetorical deftness, pastoral sensitivity, and theological depth, he offers Christians from across the spectrum an honest, engaging, surprising look at the Zeitgeist’s most important existential topic.
“Studying the issue of homosexuality is not enough,” writes Sprinkle. “We need to listen to gay and lesbian people…Homosexuality is about people. At the same time I want to be ruthlessly biblical about how we formulate our thoughts about homosexuality.” (19, 21)
Defying simple, thin answers to complex, thick questions,…