In David Gushee’s articles about gays, lesbians, and the church (January 2015), there is a missing voice. We are privileged to know many Christians who believe that refraining from acting upon their same-sex attraction is part of the “living sacrifice” they offer to God. No theological argument brought them to that decision—simply the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. As the church moves beyond condemnation of gays and lesbians, there are tough issues of conscience and submission to God to resolve. It’s not a one-size-fits-all proposition. And that necessarily complicates the lives of all Christians—gay or not.
Other forms of sexual brokenness are omitted from the conversation. The church often reflects the non-Christian world with its high divorce rate, extramarital affairs, homophobia, and image consciousness. 1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves ... If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us.” Sacramental confession, mercy, purification, and the Holy Spirit’s discerning voice are essential to this conversation about same-sex attraction and gay marriage. We are flawed people with an opportunity to take the lead in providing a safe, loving space for that conversation.
James and Marté Riley