Chapter 8 of Dan Kimball's book, They Like Jesus But Not the Church is about what is perceived as the evangelical church's stance toward homosexuality. Kimball reports that almost every unbeliever of the postmodern generation he talks to brings this up. He says that it isn't the fact of the church's stance concerning this sin, but their attitude toward the people involved.
Throughout the entire chapter, Kimball isn't asking us to treat homosexuality lightly or as not a sin. But, he asks us to put outselves in the place of some of the young people he talked to. When they went to evangelical churches, if they were gay, they heard really awful things directed at them as people. He asks how we would feel if we went to a church and they made crude jokes and ranted and raved (my words, not his) about heterosexuals.
So what is KImball's solution? I appreciate his approach as it is compassionate but Scriptural. Instead of picking out verses out of context, he goes through the whole covenant plan of sexuality that God set up. He then shows how both heterosexual sins (fornication and adultery), as well as homosexuality, don't fit into this wonderful plan. Some of the gays and lesbians he talked to came to his church, were accepted and stayed, receiving Christ and remaining celibate. Kimball himself reports that he really took on a Bible study of this subject to try to understand the larger issue. He tried hard to walk the fine line between accetance of the individual but not acceptance of the sin. From his description, I think he has done a pretty good job. There are things in this chapter that I had never read before concerning this issue. I hope more churches will read this chapter and really think about it
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