Godliness Is Not Heterosexuality

| December 3, 2015


Editors’ note: To place this excerpt in context, take a look at our published review of Ed Shaw’s book—“The Plausibility of the Celibate Life for the Same-Sex Attracted.”


I was recently on a panel talking about same-sex attraction at a large Christian conference. One of the questions I was asked was a thinly veiled version of the one question many Christian parents most want to ask me: “How can I stop my children from being same-sex attracted?” or (as no one has really had the courage to put it) “How I can I stop my child from becoming like you?”

It’s a revealing question. The number of times I’ve been asked it (always in roundabout ways) demonstrates how great a fear it is for many Christian parents—to raise a child who might be sexually attracted to their own sex. It’s not something they want to have to share in the Christmas letter in years to come—either openly or by what’s clearly left unsaid. 

The great hope is that they’ll be able to write of happy marriages, numerous grandchildren, and continued involvement in a good evangelical church. They don’t want to have to say instead that a child is gay, that…


To read the rest of this article, visit http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/godliness-is-not-heterosexuality.