A few days ago my pastor gave me a copy of Is God-Anti Gay? by Sam Allberry. It’s a little book that tackles a big issue. Homosexuality is big issue both in our culture and in the church. It’s not only a big issue, but a complex issue. In this book, Allberry tackles this big and complex issue of homosexuality with a good balance between grace and truth.
Allberry tells a little bit of his story in the introduction of the book. I appreciated his authenticity as he shared his own personal struggles with homosexuality and same-sex attraction. Not only that, but he shares how he met Jesus and how the Gospel has transformed his life. By sharing some of his story in the introduction, he gains (or at least he should) instant credibility on this subject. He speaks from the stand point of a person who loves Jesus, the Bible, and the church, but also has a real struggle with this issue.
From that point forward, Allberry covers a lot of ground in this little book on the issue of homosexuality. He spends a chapter (chapter 1) laying the Biblical foundation for marriage and sex. Then from chapters 2-5 he dives into homosexuality in regards to the Bible, the Christian, the church, and the world. Within those chapters, Allberry tackles many tough Scripture passages and questions that often come up when talking about homsexuality. To each of them, he answers with a faithfulness to God’s Word, but also with commitment to the grace that comes through Jesus. I would love to share more about what Allberry says in the book, but I’d rather you grab a copy for yourself and read it. It’s worth it!
Two things I really liked about this book was Allberry’s Gospel-centeredness and his practicality. Throughout the book, Allberry makes a point to not make homosexuality a sin that is “worse” than other sins. He doesn’t put homosexuality on it’s own shelve. He treats homosexuality the way it should be treated-sin that stems from our brokenness and separation from God. He says, “Homosexual sin is not unique…Homosexual sin is incredibly serious, but it is not alone in being so. It is wicked, but so is greed. God will judge those who indulge in it. But He will also judge thieves” (page 36). He makes a point to always go back to the Gospel being our only hope and that the Gospel is the answer to all sin. He doesn’t make homosexuality into an issue that needs to be treated different, but a sin that separates us from God and our only hope in having that fixed is through the Gospel. Too many times we don’t treat homosexuality the same as other sins and we forget the answer to homosexuality is the Gospel. I’m glad Allberry doesn’t do that in this book. I also really like how practical this book was. Throughout the book, Allberry gives practical advice on what to do if you are a Christian and you struggle with same-sex attraction. He also gives practical advice on how the church can respond to homosexuality and how we can minister to friends and people we may come into contact with you struggle with homosexuality.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who may be struggling with homosexuality or just wants to learn more about what God says about this subject.