Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth

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Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth BY GLENN STANTON MOODY, 200 PAGES, $14-99

Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton has written a book that attempts to close what is arguably one of the widest chasms in American public life today: the space between Christian and LGBT communities.

Stanton speaks from the Christian perspective, offering an examination of the various spheres-friendships, homes, society-in which Christians can most often find themselves at odds with the culture around them.

His argument is bolstered by the concrete example of his friendship with well-known same-sex marriage advocate and writer Jonathan Rauch. "Sincere regard and warmth can take place between those who live at extreme ends of such a social chasm," he writes fondly. He is but one example of many in the book who desire to learn "how to live, as much as possible, lovingly and honestly in the essential balance of grace and truth with those who identify themselves within the LGBT community and movement."

Stanton admirably refuses to offer platitudes. He insists that real disagreement persists in each respective community, but he also believes that the Christian narrative is equipped to overcome false dichotomies. …

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