Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?
Pastor’s Bookshelf - Welcome to my bookshelf! Each month I will discuss a recent book that I’ve finished. *disclaimer; I don’t always have time to sit and read physical books, but I do quite a bit of my reading through audiobooks these days.*
This month I’d like to talk about Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?
By Sam Allberry
This book is a short tome with a wonderful, but simple truth. After reading the book I learned that it is actually a part of a collective of 5 different books in a series called “Questioning Faith.” A LOT of people, young people especially, have been questioning their faith and the series addresses topics such as, “Can Science explain everything?”, “Where is God in all the suffering?”, “Am I just my brain?”, “Is Jesus History?” and, of course, “Why Does God Care Who I sleep With?” Having read the one, I am now hoping to go back and read the rest of these when I get the chance. These are NOT impossible questions. There ARE simple answers, and I’m grateful for Sam Allberry for taking on one of the most difficult. Perhaps you’ve heard this argument: “Well, if God really is the all powerful creator of the entire cosmos, who crafted the stars in the sky and all the galaxies – surely he doesn’t care who I have sex with? Why would an all powerful and infinite God get mad about when puny little humans decided to be naked together?” This is a very popular sentiment amongst atheists and agnostics: God is big, so God doesn’t care. One of the key insights from the book is simply that if God cares at all, then he CARES. If God’s size keeps him from caring about who we sleep with, it would also keep him from caring about our moral lives completely, and keep him from caring about justice or the poor or the oppressed. The most audacious claim of Christianity is NOT “God cares about who you sleep with.” No, the most audacious claim of Christianity is simply, “God cares.” And if we accept that as truth, then of COURSE God cares about the rest as well. It’s a quick read, but even in it’s few pages Sam does a great job of fleshing out many other nuances to the conversation as well. I highly recommend this contribution to the series, “Questioning Faith.”