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The feeling part is “we love the same music and restaurants and we can talk for hours.” The doing part of love is patience, self-control, and selflessness, and putting others first.
The kind of love that goes the distance doesn’t come naturally to us.
The average person would hear that and say, “That’s not true.” But that is the approach most people take to romantic relationships.
The new rule is: don’t assume that just because you feel right, everything is going to be alright.
Knowing you as well as I do, it struck me as odd that you would write an entire book on the subject without addressing the LGBT community. AS: That’s a great question, and I’m glad you asked.
When I taught this content to our churches, I met with about 13 of our attenders who are apart of the LGBT community.
While the broader culture continues to fight over what “sexual morality” means, one thing is certain: Andy Stanley is determined not to sit this one out.
RNS: You say that “love is unnatural.” A lot of people would say love is inherent to who we are as humans and one of the most natural things we can feel or express or do. AS: Love is natural in terms of a feeling, but not in terms of doing.
Our sexuality goes way beyond what is physical, and we see that especially in the realm of sexual abuse.
RNS: Word on the street is that your church is becoming “gay-friendly,” whatever that means.
Jonathan Merritt is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a contributing writer for The Atlantic.
He has published more than 2500 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Week, Buzzfeed and National Journal.