It's all very well to say that the Bible is clear when it talks about homosexuality. But is it realistic? Isn't it unrealistic and unfair to those who struggle with this issue? Doesn't it condemn them to loneliness, a lack of fulfilment and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches a plausible way of life?
Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to what the Bible says and what the church has always taught about marriage and sex. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues - but, at the same time, shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.
He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us and urgently need to reexamine the values that drive our discipleship.
Only by doing this in the light of the Bible can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.
We have so often made Jesus' way sound like a bad deal. Only by reclaiming the reality of gospel discipleship can we truly see and appreciate that life in Christ is the best way for any human life to be lived - whomever we are attracted to.
About the author: Ed Shaw is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol. He loves his family and friends, church and city, gin and tonic, music and books.