God, Gays and Grace
What does Gay Sex have to do with God’s Grace?
Ponderings, No.3 (May 28, 2017)
Robert V. Rakestraw
This month’s “Ponderings” is a very difficult piece to write and post because the attached article concerns such an extremely controversial topic: homosexuality. Until about two years ago I never thought I’d be writing an essay on this issue.
There has been such an outpouring of articles, books, blogs, television programs and other forms of media addressing the controversy over the past several decades—many from Christian thinkers—that I saw no need to add to this volume of material. This was especially so since my health has been poor for years and my growing concern has been to use my small amounts of time and energy to address my favorite area of Christian thought: the delights, depths, and usefulness to this needy world of intimacy with God through the living Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the written Word of God, the Bible.
While I have taught often in college, seminary, and local church settings on the topic of homosexuality, and included a chapter on the issues in volume two of Readings in Christian Ethics (co-edited with David K. Clark, Baker Books, 1996), I did not care to devote further energy to the subject. I said to myself that others had done and were doing some very good work.
Yet I had a growing sense that I should write a piece on the controversy—just a small item of perhaps three or four pages—to give to certain Christians I know who were, in my view, not very well informed on the issues. Their perspectives seemed to be skewed. My article — “Gay Sex and Grace” — ended up being 21 pages long and was published in the Fall 2016 issue of Southwestern Journal of Theology.
It was one of the most difficult articles I had ever written. The writing was much more than an intellectual exercise. It was emotional as well, and I longed that God would use the piece to help real people and to advance his blessed kingdom work around the world. I know that some will be disappointed in my conclusions while others will appreciate them. I simply ask that each one who reads the essay will do so with an open mind and a heart open to knowing and doing the will of God.
The article is now posted on my website/blog under Articles—Major Essays (www.gracequestministries.org). If you wish you may go directly to the article as published in the journal at the following link: https://swbts.edu/sites/default/files/images/content/docs/journal/59_1/SWJT%2059.1_Rakestraw.pdf. The journal page is at www.swbts.edu/journal.
This item may be found, along with other articles and essays, on Dr. Rakestraw’s website/blog, www.gracequestministries.org., where you may sign up to receive automatically postings such as these at no cost, and where you may order his books GraceQuest and Heart Cries. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.