Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted: Biblical Direction for Friends, Family Members, and Those Struggling with Homosexuality by Ron Citlau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Today, sexual identity seems to be tied up in sexual desire. If you have a desire for someone then that defines your sexual identity, and our work is to be true to one’s self and pursue that desire. In the Bible, the opposite is the case. It is through sacrificial love and sacrifice that man most fully lives out his sexual identity.
It is aligning our identity in Christ and not our feelings where real hope lies. To be honest, any love that is selfish is a sin. It is only love done sacrificially that we are in the will of God. We all need a savior. Jesus may have not spoke on Homosexuality but he did speak on marriage. Matthew 19 expresses that our identity is who God made us male and female and it is these roles that we have lost our way.
When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it
This book is about something better Jesus. This does not just apply to the SSA but to all who are looking for the hope of the Gospel in a world that has gone terribly wrong and how we view our own identity. That we are above God and his good gifts.
The author has experience in SSA and how he found hope in the presence of Jesus in the community of the Church. Homosexuality has become about embracing not just accepting. If you are not embracing you are homophobia which is a lie from Satan himself. However, accepting is about giving hope to something better and that is what this book offers.
A Special Thank You to Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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