Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for MarriageSean McDowell, John StonestreetBaker Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$7.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Riley B5 Stars Out Of 5A gracious and constructive response to modern cultureJanuary 26, 2016Riley BQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The fight for gay marriage has seemed to have ended, as the government finally made same-sex marriage legal in all states. But as a follower of the Lord, I have struggled to find a way to justify this act in everyday lives, because I believe it to be against what God has called us to do and how to behave. Legalizing gay marriage has put Christians in a difficult situation as to how we should respond and what we should do from here. Though I want to be pleasing to the Lord, I also aspire to be loving and caring to all those around me.
I read "Same- Sex Marriage" By Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet and found that this book was shown to be an insightful and well-thought out approach to how Christians should respond to same-sex marriage. This book carefully stated the Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage, but it also exampled the many loving ways we are to handle this topic. This book equips us with the right mindset and attitude to have with this sensitive subject.
The first few chapters of this book face what it actually means to be married, the requirements through the government versus what it means to be married according to God's Word. This leads into the discussion of why marriage is important and what it effects, and as I have learned, it does not just simply effect the people participating in this relation, but it also effects the entire next generation and the government we will have through the children that families may raise. Many other arguments were made in favor of the pro-life movement, giving detailed reasons that children need a mother and a father.
The second half of the book was strung together in a way that allowed a Christian reader, such as myself, to feel more comfortable in my beliefs against same-sex marriage. As the first half of the book explained why we should belief what the Bible says about same-sex marriage through the Lord's Word and through non-biblical arguments, the second half of the book tackles how we should respond now. As I read through this part of the book, I felt much more confident in the way I would interact and respond to the changes in my culture. The authors provided detailed examples and many scenarios that prove that a Christian can oppose what culture is pushing, all the while doing it in a respectful and loving way that pleases the Lord.
My favorite chapter in this book (chapter 9) gave a fair push back against Christians and how we must be careful to not judge or have unfair thoughts against those we hold different views from. For example, this book proves that that God has a specific design and set for marriage. Although we know that we see same-sex marriage as a sin and something that isnt for God, it does not mean that same-sex marriage is what is corrupting the world. Though it is one of the many factors that is pulling society away from what God is calling us to do, it is not what is destroying the world. The problem with the world is us, and our sins and our disobedience towards Christ. The authors bring up very good arguments reminding the reader that every single individual in this world has sinned and gone against the Lord, they remind us that we are no better than any other person in this fallen world. We are responsible for the sin in this world because we are the ones that allowed it to exist. This book finds a fair insight to what it means to live for the Lord and to search for His guidance in a culture that is leading away from Him.
Culture has shifted drastically, making what was hardly even acceptable to consider doing sixty years ago, lived out and fought for today. This liberal approach to marriage drives our culture and adjusts the world's view on how much authority we can have in our life. If we can redefine what it means to be married, it opens many more opportunities to change the meaning of a broader selection of aspects in each of our lives, giving us much more power to control our lives rather than let God have the power. "Same-sex Marriage" has offered fair arguments and compelling points that have given Christians a more confident and loving approach to this subject. This book offered many facts and deep insight to how we should respond to same-sex marriage and I know that it guided me to understand what the Lord wants me to do from here. So, I recommended this book to any Christian struggling to find confidence to stand against the world in a way that is not prejudice or hateful, but loving and fair through the way in which God has intended for us.
TheToddLynnRoanoke, VAAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great read for anyone questioning Same-Sex marriageDecember 8, 2014TheToddLynnRoanoke, VAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Same-sex marriage has been the topic you use to stir up controversy for years now. Political parties have been divided and businesses sued all due to how this topic drew a proverbial line in the sand daring people to stay on the opposite side and not support the movement. Today, if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and fear-monger. All you have to do to see that is look at how the Duggar family has been attacked recently as well as Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. It is either support us or else. How did this country get to this place? How did we arrive at this point in history? Is there any chance for recovery from it? Is there any chance for the Biblical perspective on marriage to stand strong again?
Is homosexuality a sin? Is God really ok with people who practice homosexuality? Should Christians support marriage between homosexuals? How should Christians and churches respond? In the name of the new tolerance Christians are being shut up and people are trying to change what the Bible says to defend their lifestyles. So how should we as Christians respond? So what is or should be our response?
That is where this book comes in. Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet do an excellent job at covering the topic of same-sex marriage in-depth. This book helps people understand this: Same-sex marriage is here. It went from unthinkable to legal at a dizzying pace. The question is: Now what? (Front cover) This topic matters, especially to followers of Christ who want to stand with the Bible and its truth. There is a battle that will continue to be fought and for Christians, it is imperative that we know what we believe, know why we believe it and know how to defend it.
Throughout this book there is never a harsh word written towards anyone who labels themselves a homosexual or gay. You will not find it. There is no fear-mongering or trying to get people to see gay people, as unequal or unworthy of human rights. You will not find any hatred. This book is written in a loving but truth seeking manner. Same-Sex Marriage is about helping Christians learn to live fully engaged in the world. (Back cover) If we want to move forward and defend the Biblical definition of marriage, we need to understand a few things. We need to understand how the homosexual movement got us to this place, we need to be willing as the church to learn from the past and then we need to be able to look forward to the future and use what little voice we have left in the public square to stand for truth. If we truly want to engage the world around us as Christians should, then we need to be able to balance humility, conviction, truth and hope. (Back Cover)
Let me share 5 meaningful and powerful quotes from the book with you:
A strong marriage culture brings stability to the lives of the individuals who are involved and to the entire community. (p. 49)
Unfettered freedom is destructive. Marriage brings incredible freedom, but only when properly understood. (p. 127)
Regardless of our words, reality hasnt changed: sex still makes babies, society still needs babies, and babies still deserve a mom and a dad. We need a word for the unique relationship that best manages those things in a society. Expanding marriage to same-sex couples leaves us without one. (p. 58)
A culture in which sex is cheap is a culture in which people are devalued. (p. 125)
The most important question is not What are we going to do about same-sex marriage? It is What are we going to do about marriage?
Go pick up a copy and read it with your family, teach it in your church and use it as a way to engage the world around you. We as Christians cannot come at this by attacking the other people. We must be willing to have conversations with people, engage them. That will open the door for us to speak truth.
Disclaimer: In accordance with FTC regulations, I received this book from Baker Books in return for a review of the book.
Burley Gwaltney5 Stars Out Of 5A thoughtful bookOctober 26, 2014Burley GwaltneyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received a copy from Baker in exchange for my review. Same-Sex Marriage is probably the most thoughtful book Ive received from Baker as I have been doing these reviews for the last couple months. While I dont think its the ultimate book on gay marriage, it was useful. A particularly interesting chapter to me was Chapter 8, Learning from the past, which considered how homosexuality became acceptable, and what we may need to take into consideration in our response. One particularly salient point that most Christians could learn from today was that telling stories doesnt change our responsibility to present good arguments.
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