In October, I reviewed Justin Lee’s then-to-be-released book Torn, which chronicles the story of how a teenage Christian discovered that he was gay.
Well, the book finally came out on Tuesday, and I’d highly encourage you to go out and find a copy. (If it tells you anything, I’ve been reviewing books since before the summer, and this is the only time I’ve ever written a follow-up post to encourage more people to buy something.)
Justin’s story is powerful and deserves to be heard. The debate over homosexuality is not going to end with this book, but I do think that if we Christians want to adopt a more loving approach toward our neighbors, then that needs to include us taking the time to sit down and listen to their stories.
In this case, it’s the story of a young, committed Christian who really, really didn’t want to be gay but couldn’t escape the fact that he was attracted to other boys his age. And it’s also the story of how the church responded in that situation.
It’s a story that’s still going on, a tale in which you are more than likely a character because there are probably people you know and care about who are going through the same thing Justin went through as a teenager.
So go, read Torn and think about what you want your part in the story to be.