Let’s be honest: many Christians have done a poor job of showing love to the homosexual community and to those among us who deal with same-sex attraction. Far too many have used particular verses to hammer people into submission, rather than explain the Bible’s position on sexuality as a whole.
That’s why we need books like Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry. In this short book, Allberry explains the biblical view of sexuality and addresses many of the common questions people ask about homosexuality. But more than that, this is a book about the gospel, and King Jesus’ call demands upon the life of all who claim to follow Him.
This is an important book for Allberry to write. He’s is a pastor in the United Kingdom. He believes the Bible is true and authoritative in all it teaches.
He’s also a man who deals with same-sex attraction. So, as you can imagine, he knows about that which he writes. There’s a real sensitivity in his approach, both from a pastoral perspective and also from that of one who has had to wrestle deeply with these issues.
There are two areas that I personally found incredibly significant. The first is dealing with our tendency to place too much or too little emphasis on a given subject. When it comes to homosexuality, many want to take the (relatively) few references made to it and declare that it doesn’t matter. But, Allberry writes, “The Bible does not frequently make direct reference to how we are to care for creation, but that does not let us off the hook from following what is said in the places where it does.”