Saturday, February 21, 2015

Christian Nonfiction Review: Compassion Without Compromise

Compassion without compromise. It's an idea that I find difficult to implement. While moral lines are easy to find solid Biblical ground on, moral issues in the political arena come with less ease. In their book on homosexuality, Adam T. Barr and Ron Citlau provided some good Biblical arguments to influence my thinking on the purpose of marriage. But while I agree wholeheartedly with their main premise, I take issue with some of their book. I have yet to find a book on this issue that really addresses my questions on real-life application. So, don't let the title of this book fool you. It won't help much. But it will guide you a bit.

The authors set out definitions I would love to see expansion upon. Their answer to the question of whether or not a gay person can go to heaven was elusive and confusing. And their examples came from extreme negative backgrounds (i.e. drugs and bad relationships led to same-sex preference) that do not always apply to the LGBT community. They thus fail to answer how to respond to those who claim marriage is about "love" and should not be denied to faithful partners, no matter the sexual preference. I did, however, see plenty of compassion in the book, including a short bit on recognizing that all sinners can play the role of the good Samaritan.

*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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