Albert Mohler’s commentary on the gay Rutgers student who took his own life is worth your attention. In short, Christian churces have a special obligation to be a safe place for people like this student. Download here or listen below.[audio:http://albertmohler.com/media/audio/totl/Podcast/The_Briefing_October_1_2010.mp3]
I agree with Mohler except for the “sin of homosexuality”. At the most, a person who ACTS in such ways is in sin, so I would have preferred him say the “sin of homosexual acts”.
That is, I would HOPE that ANY church would fully accept someone with a homosexual orientation but who remains celibate.
Along with the resources Dr. Burk has listed, there is also a new book out: Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill (a self-described celibate gay Christian). Obviously, it doesn’t treat the recent suicide, but the reviews suggest that it is a very helpful book on the peculiar problems of being a gay Christian who affirms the biblical teaching on human sexuality. I haven’t read the book yet, but I was Wesley’s roommate for a year. Having thus observed the character of his life and his extraordinary maturity and thoughtfulness, there is no one whom I would trust to be a more honest and reliable guide to understanding the needs and hopes of Christians who struggle with homosexuality. See the details at http://www.amazon.com/Washed-Waiting-Reflections-Faithfulness-Homosexuality/dp/0310330033
Thanks for the recommendation, I added it to my wish list.
Seriously, do you think a person who is leaning towards acting out same-sex impulses is going to thin of a church that preaches the biblical truth about God’s condemnation of homosexuality is a “safe place”?
I don’t mean that in an argumentative way, I mean it honestly.
It reminds me of the intro to one of Philip Yancey’s books, where a prostitute who would rent out her child what dumbfounded that “the church” would be the place to go… that was the LAST place she’d go.
This student’s suicide was a tragedy.
Also, don’t know that you should call him “gay”, as if he was a member of the gay subculture (yet).
Andrew, thanks for the book recommendation. That looks like it’s well worth reading.