My plan is for this to be a space for me to work out and articulate what I think Christian faith, obedience, holiness, and discipleship look like for those who are predominantly attracted to their own sex. My husband, after years of being an exceedingly good sport, has wearied of being the primary beneficiary of my ranting and indignation, and has directed me to hurl my opinions into the internet void instead.
I’m aware of the difficulty of these questions and my fallibility in seeking to answer them. I appreciate polite, thoughtful, preferably constructive feedback. Reading suggestions are also welcome.
Blogs always change shape as they get going, but here’s my sense of where I want to go at the moment:
- I want to encourage and challenge faithful gay/ssa Christians seeking to live out a traditional sexual ethic. (Which includes defending them against unhelpful and misguided criticism.)
- I want to help churches better understand how they can nurture and strengthen the faith of their gay/ssa members seeking to live out a traditional sexual ethic or wrestling with questions and doubts about that.
- I want to work on being “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you”, why I believe what I believe, say what I say, live how I live, and do what I do.
Johanna Finegan (PhD, MIT; AB, Princeton University) got involved in a dialogue project on faith and sexuality in 1997 as a gay atheist sophomore in college. There she met people who introduced her to what a vibrant evangelical faith in Jesus Christ could look like and became a Christian herself in 1998. After underwhelming experiences with ex-gay ministry and the pursuit of “healing”, she settled on gay celibacy for herself until meeting a man she wanted to share the rest of her life with in 2004. She lives in southwestern Ohio with her husband Tim and their two daughters.