by Peter Hubbard
Ambassador International 2013
Most Christians believe that we should “hate the sin but love the sinner” when it comes to homosexuals. But when it comes to our actions, we end up hating the sin but leaving the loving part to someone else. We are not sure what the loving part should look like and are afraid to try.
Compounding this dilemma is a sense of siege. Not only have liberal denominations affirmed homosexuality, but a growing number of self-identified gay evangelicals are also demanding affirmation. Fundamentalist and evangelical churches are largely silent.
Several years ago, Hubbard began to wonder why that was true of the church where he is the teaching pastor. Love into Light conveys what he learned and how his church changed. One of the strengths of this book is the powerful stories of God’s grace of both those who have received and those who have given real hope, many of them in Hubbard’s church.
Not a threat, but an opportunity
Hubbard boldly asks, “What if homosexuality is not a threat but an opportunity? Could God use one of the most controversial moral issues in our nation to awaken His church rather than damage it?” (p. 15). This is not a call for a new church program. Jesus, it seems, is interested in doing something much bigger than alleviating our current cultural crisis.
Love into Light speaks to pastors and other church leaders, to all believers, and to those in our churches who want to be delivered from same sex attraction but who struggle silently and alone. It is an appeal to begin thinking differently, and to shift from reacting to cultural pressure and instead proactively engage homosexuals as our neighbors. Hubbard has listened to and counseled many with same-sex attraction and, most importantly, has listened carefully to Scripture. Read more about Book Review - Love into Light: the Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church