Rosaria Butterfield used to live a lesbian lifestyle.
Now, I will spare those who are curious as to whether that means she was in the "gay-as-long-as-I-can-remember" camp. She was not. She got into it pretty late.
But all this means is that she connects with the thousands or millions of people who have embraced homosexual lifestyles post-high school or post-college.
Nevertheless, she is clear, insightful and has a heart for those in the LGBT community.
For one, she, like myself, is against reparative therapy.
In an essay, she puts it this way:
"This position contends a primary goal of Christianity is to resolve homosexuality through heterosexuality, thus failing to see that repentance and victory over sin are God's gifts and failing to remember that sons and daughters of the King can be full members of Christ's body and still struggle with sexual temptation. This heresy is a modern version of the prosperity gospel. Name it. Claim it. Pray the gay away."She is right, and she is taking the biblical view.
My reason for rejecting reparative therapy comes straight from the Bible as well.
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:10-11 NIV)Almost 2,000 years ago, people were, before the arrival of modern technology, dealing with homosexual attraction and having homosexual intercourse. And, by the grace and Spirit of our God, they were washed and sanctified from their sins -- sex-related or not. Notice the inclusion of all kinds of sins in the passage.
No doctors, except the Great Physician, were present.
No medical contraptions, no weird methods or instruments designed to make a gay person straight were used.
It's also worthy pointing out what comes next:
The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? (1 Corinthians 6:13-15 NIV)God's power, the same power that lifted the Lord Jesus from the grave, will lift us also in the Resurrection.
She also makes book recommendations. I trust them.
One of them is Christopher Yuan's Out of a Far Country.
Wesley Hill's Washed and Waiting is another book she recommends. Wesley Hill was one of those gay people who at around age 5 or 6 knew they were different.
She also mentions The Art of Neighboring as a book she is currently working through.
While she doesn't recommend it, Kevin DeYoung's "What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?" has been recommended by a lot of people.
The Q&A is as good as the presentation, if not better. Watch the entire thing. It's worth it.