It had been a bad day. A hard day. The sort of day when it felt like nothing was going right, and I should just go back to bed and start again. The details of the day were trivial and now forgotten, but I remember how I felt. I was frustrated by my sin, hurt by the sin of others, weary of the brokenness of this fallen world. But over the noise of my angry thoughts, lyrics from the last hymn from church the previous Sunday rang out in my head:
The word holiness can give rise to thoughts of legalism. Or it can bring to mind the image of someone who is dower and puritanical - isn’t it a shame that the puritans didn’t smile for their portraits?! For example, when I was volunteering on the TFT speaking team a few years ago, I remember one of my colleagues being called a Pharisee - unfairly, I should stress! Rightly teaching what God’s Word says on ethics and godly behaviour can so easily cause this reaction.
Within the Body of Christ, we have a family responsibility to one another as God’s children.
Christians can still struggle with gender stereotypes. Unable just to choose a different gender, as some would now advocate, we can be left wondering how to navigate any struggles with gender stereotypes while still remaining faithful to our biblical worldview.
The questions posed by Roberts in this short but meaty book deserve consideration by all of us seeking to get to grips with the fast-changing nature of sexual ethics in our society.
For many unmarried people, church can feel like an unwelcoming experience. This article addresses some of the features of church life where singles, particularly those with enduring same-sex attractions (SSA), can feel marginalised.