Just testing the waters… A few people have emailed me suggesting a short book or pamphlet on Religious tolerance and fair treatment of homosexuals, based off of a few of my blog posts. It would be the kind of thing that churches could put in their libraries or that Christian gays could give to family members/church fellows to help foster understanding.

This would differ from other things available because the main thrust wouldn’t be disillusioning people of the idea that homosexual acts are inherently sinful, but rather looking PAST the question of sin and seeing homosexuals as people whom God loves and wants to keep, regardless of their sexuality.  I personally think that such a work could be helpful because it could transcend the doctrinal divide.

My (three part) question would be: Would you buy such a book, and do you honestly believe that churches or ministry teams would be interested in such a thing (particularly if it came with a reading/study guide that would make it suitable for small group teaching)?

Please answer this question fairly, as if I decide to go this route I will be depending on the generosity of strangers to recoup the personal costs involved.


13 thoughts on “Question-

  1. Lindsey; Please “hear my heart” here.

    You are asking the wrong people. Your endevor into this region of “spiritual warfare” should and can only be answered by One.

    I encourage you to take this most seriously by entering into a season of fasting and praying.

    As you know you are seeking to bring down some very, very deep seated and held fast strong holds.

    You can only be successful with Divine Guidance.

    I pray for your discernment and success in hearing His voice.

  2. Mssc54: I will take your advice to heart. It’s hard, because every time I think about it I just break down in tears. I don’t know if it’s my own feeling of insufficiency or God’s broken heart I’m sensing or just that I need to be brought to a different plane to really hear his voice…

    But I’m not naive. I know that if you want to go out there on behalf of the great I AM, you don’t do it lightly.

  3. *grins* yeah yeah blame me for once I have not been blamed for stealing cookes *looks at Amber*

    I will do as Amber said, it will be gifts as well as perhaps (if I am still here) get a few of the churches here that I have contact with to buy some.

    Wells you have a pom pom cheerleader here and I honestly think that its worth a shot – you won’t know unless you try

    Got your back!

  4. My only question is……. can you publish it before I go and meet with the family on Thanksgiving? I’ll take whatever I can get when it comes to facing two Assemblies of God pastor uncles and a Rush Limbaugh worshipping grandfather :). In all seriousness, anything you put together would be ten times kinder than me on my nicest day….so selfishly I say let ‘er rip.

  5. Yea, I’d purchase such a book. My parents could definitely stand to read something like that, since for some reason it is so difficult to get people to understand that simply being gay isn’t a sin and I don’t need to bashed over the head for it or “cured”.

  6. There are two kinds of tolerance. One is rooted in skepticism, the other in respect for truth and the dignity of others. We might refer to the first kind as pseudo-tolerance, the second as genuine tolerance.

    The great philosopher Jacques Maritain has stated that “the man who says: ‘What is truth?’ as Pilate did, is not a tolerant man, but a betrayer of the human race.” There is genuine tolerance, he goes on to say, when a person is convinced of a truth, but at the same time recognizes the right of others who deny this truth to speak their own mind. Such tolerance is respectful of other people and recognizes that they seek truth in their own way and may one day discover the truth they presently contradict, given their natural intellectual capabilities that are ordered to truth.

    The person who is genuinely tolerant does not turn his back on truth, as did Pilate, nor does he disparage others for not having already found it. He retains his commitment to truth and respect for others as he lives in the hope that they, in their own individual way, will finally come to honor the truth that, for whatever reason, has eluded them.

    Pilate’s view makes it clear that if we do not know any truth, we should be tolerant of anything. But such a “tolerance” is based on intellectual bankruptcy. Christ makes it clear that the truth will make us free (see Jn. 8:32). This freedom allows us to hold fast to truth while patiently tolerating the actions of others who are still seeking it.

    The distinction between pseudotolerance and genuine tolerance is critical because the former is often mistaken for the latter. This mistake leads to a radical devaluation of the importance of truth, especially truth of a moral nature. Consequently, a person may be accused of being “intolerant” simply because he holds to a truth, such as the iniquity of abortion or the disordered nature of homosexual acts.

    When pseudo-tolerance, severed from any relationship with truth, reigns supreme, it is elevated to the exalted, if unwarranted, stature of being a first principle. Therefore, people will say, “Who knows what is true or false, right and wrong? Let us all be tolerant.” Nonetheless, as is only too evident in the world today, these disciples of Pontius Pilate can be utterly intolerant of anyone who takes a position that is anchored in truth. Pro-choice people, whose position is based on nothing but choice itself, are not tolerant of pro-life people whose position is based on the intrinsic value of all human beings.

    The great philosopher Jacques Maritain has stated that “the man who says: ‘What is truth?’ as Pilate did, is not a tolerant man, but a betrayer of the human race.”

    At the same time, it is important to recognize the limitations of tolerance, even in its most genuine form. Tolerance is a secondary phenomenon. It is a response to something that preceded it. People often ignore what initially transpired and urge others to be tolerant of it. Yet, it is critical to understand the moral nature of what took place first. It is preposterous, in the true sense of the word (prae + posterius = putting “before” that which should come “after”), to make tolerance a first principle and demote the initial action to a place of secondary importance.

    In addition, tolerance does not advance the situation to its natural point of completion. An artist should not “tolerate” an incomplete work of art, for example, but finish it. Tolerance is not progressive. It is a status quo strategy. Separated Christians need something more positive and dynamic than tolerance in order to advance to the truth that frees them from their divisions. Tolerance puts people in a state of moral suspension.

    Tolerance, of itself, is not a virtue. Pseudo-tolerance that is founded on ignorance, cowardice, or apathy is actually a vice. In order for tolerance to avoid being a vice, it must be founded on a positive regard for truth and an abiding love for others. Genuine tolerance owes its genuineness to its association with virtue (especially love, prudence, and courage). But as mere “tolerance,” it is too broad and acontextual a notion to be classified as a virtue.

    Presently, we hear equally loud voices proclaiming the need for both complete tolerance and zero tolerance. The secular position on tolerance is simply incoherent. Society is currently reeling from “tolerance confusion” (an essentially intolerable state) because it continues to ignore the fundamental question of truth. The first question we should ask is not “How can I be more tolerant?” but “How can I come to know the truth?”

    Christ came into the world to help us answer the second question

  7. Amber: Thanks!
    Sanity: Wait, where are all the cookies? *lol*
    Zeemanb: Actually, the goal is to have it written by the end of October and hit the presses early November, so it will be out and proud in time for Holiday giving! 😀
    (Apparently you’re not the only one thinking about those long debates, I mean, discussions)

    Ducky: Wow. That is a great exposition on tolerance. A lot to think about. Thank you.

  8. Yes! I would buy that book! Yes, I would offer to let my pastor read it. Yes, I would put it on the shelf in my office…
    When it comes out, just tell me where to order it and how much it is!

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