Gay and Evangelical

by Don Hartness

This week’s featured blogger is somebody I’ve been following for a while.  Dave is the author of Gay and Evangelical, a blog with a unique perspective on the issue of homosexuality within the church.

It is perhaps the most contentious issue within Christianity today.  One side, often reacting with homophobic fear, denounces all homosexuals as the worst of sinners. Harshly critical, judgmental, and sometimes even slanderous, this side often does not resemble anything Christ-like in their words and actions towards gays.

The other side encourages homosexuals to not only embrace their sexual orientation, but to join the debate as an advocate for acceptance.  For this side, the problem is not their orientation, but the church’s views on the matter. Although the Bible and Christian teaching seems very clear on the matter, this side seeks to reinterpret that teaching, removing the connection between the words “homosexuality” and “sin”.

Dave walks a fine line between the two.  While openly confessing his orientation, Dave also believes that his sexual orientation does not allow him the indulgence of gratifying his desires.  Instead, Dave takes  a stance of celibacy. As one can imagine, Dave receives a lot of heat from both sides.

Although I am not homosexual, the conversation is fascinating. Dave’s firm grasp of his faith combines with an insightful eloquence that silences most of his critics. I admire Dave for his daring, peacemaking, knowledge, and wisdom in handling this matter.  Whether you are looking for a sane voice in this debate, or for a deeper understanding of the issue minus the slurs and judgment, this is the blog for you.

(Note: Dave seems to be on hiatus right now, but there is plenty of material for the interested reader)

Of particular note is a guest post written seven months ago, pointing out that the church’s failure to uphold the institution of marriage is the church’s fault, not the politicians. You can read it here:

Here comes the grooms: why gay marriage will be legalized in the U.S.