This is not to say that it is easy to be a Christian single: It is not.

Evangelicals are currently being compelled to take a fresh look at homosexuality as it relates to the Christian church—and it’s long overdue. We have neglected to search the Scriptures to ascertain their real teaching on this subject, allowing vague half-truths and uncertain knowledge to shape our attitudes instead. We have tended to blanch at the mention of the word homosexuality, cry “Shame! Shame!,” draw our righteous robes about us, and turn away from any serious contemplation of our responsibility towards those in our midst who may have a homosexual orientation.

Recent events in the gay world are forcing us to face the matter. No longer can we withdraw into our evangelical ghettos and pretend that homosexuality does not exist for us. It does exist, not only in the outside world, but among ourselves. A small percentage of men and women in every Christian congregation is likely to have homosexual tendencies. We can no longer ignore the matter or escape our obligation towards these members of the Body of Christ.

Perhaps the best thing to date that has come out of our newly awakened concern is a growing awareness of the distinction between homosexual orientation and homosexual practice. Only a few years ago the two were thought to be the same thing, and the very mention of the word homosexual brought wholesale condemnation. Thoughtful Christians are now beginning to see that we may not always be responsible for our sexual orientation, although we are accountable for our response to it. With this realization has come another—that there are homosexually oriented persons in our midst who are nonpracticing because of deep Christian commitment, and that they ...

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