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Elevating the Conversation

I just finished reading Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin. This book is different from the hundreds that have been written about homosexuality and Christianity. And Marin is up front in telling you that if you’re looking for definitive answers, you’ll be disappointed. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that no matter where you stand and what you believe about same-sex issues you’ll disagree with something that Marin says. But the point of this book is not to influence your beliefs or behaviors in the manner that most books on the subject strive to do. What Marin is attempting is plainly stated in the subtitle—he wants to elevate the conversation between the LGBT community and the Evangelical community. He does this by helping you understand the mindset of others—whether or not you agree with them. And, if you approach his book with an open mind (whatever you believe), he can help you with that understanding.

Of course, there will be those who don’t want to elevate the conversation. On both sides there are those who prefer culture wars. Anything less than that feels like a compromise to some people. But if you have people you love who are gay or you are gay, you know that something beyond warfare is desperately needed. Don’t be afraid to pick up this book. You’ll disagree at some points, but Marin doesn’t beat you over the head. In fact, his words are kind and his book is a model of civil dialogue.

Reader Comments (1)

Pastor Phil,

I am a former member of JFCN who has come to peace with an aspect of my being that God has chosen not to change. With this post, you have provided your readers a chance to consider that an open dialogue with people like me can be valuable to the church. Jesus regularly entered into dialogue with people, and I see you are encouraging the same thing here.

God bless you.

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