I’m not writing materials to teach your church about homosexuality. Well, not as such. After a three week long struggle with the format of my book and the flow of my book and the tone of my book I went to a few friends in desperation to see if what was coming out of me was the least bit worthwile. I found myself facing a common dilemma: people who agreed with me would agree with me, and people who disagreed with me would likely feel poked in the eye.
So what to do? Because the audiences I want to write for are 1) people who disagree with me and 2) gay people so they know I don’t think they are the enemy.
And a friend of mine very wisely said, “write it as a conversation.” Because in a conversation you can show as many points of views as you can have participants. In a conversation each point of view can be defended by the holder. In a conversation you can allow people to identify with the speaker they agree with, and thus act as a mirror when things go somewhere that the reader wouldn’t want to go.
So I’m not writing a dissertation on homosexuality anymore.
I’m writing a novel. I’m telling the story of an associate pastor who feels deeply convicted when a gay couple starts to attend her church, and one of the elders screams for them to be sent away. The associate pastor threatens to tender her resignation if any action is taken against the gay couple- which is where our story begins. The pastor asks her to wait, so they can talk things through.
Everyone starts talking. The associate pastor (Zoe) talks to the pastor (John). Zoe talks to the gay couple, Kyle and Evan. Zoe talks to an ex-gay minister who is a friend of hers, who encourages her to be Christ to Kyle and Evan even if it costs her everything. That minister then talks to John, who talks to the elders, who still want Kyle and Evan gone.
Then things get very, very interesting, as by this point the pastor has come around and sees that if Kyle and Evan are sent away it will be at the cost of their love for God. So what should he do? Appease the Elders, who are “strong enough in faith” to take care of themselves, or show mercy to the gays?
More talking commences.
And thus the story goes. It still has all of the material my original book was going to cover, just in a more easily digestable format. I would still strongly suggest giving it to anyone who has questions about how a good Christian should feel about homosexuality, or even to give it to someone who strongly opposes allowing gay people to be active in the church as an admonition that such a stance likely comes at the cost of a few souls. And, while we’re handing it out, give it to your gay friends, too. Show them that there are committed heterosexual Christians who aren’t afraid of poking a few hypocrites in the eye when it comes to the issue of sexuality.
Right now I’m 3/4 of the way through writing the thing, the first draft will be done this weekend.
It’s been a wild and wonderful journey. (And it’s not over yet)