Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy.
My take: 4 looks
I have many friends in the LGBT community, and I am a committed evangelical Christian. When these two aspects of me come in contact, there is collision. I have never seen a thoughtful, personal, Christ-centered book on how to deal with these two world. Caleb Kaltenbach comes at this subject with a heart’s desire to love everyone as Christ did. He points out that it is not up to the Christian community to change anyone. Our job is to introduce people to Jesus, and let the King of Kings do the rest.
Especially now that the LGBT is becoming more mainstream, we need to know today more than ever how to embrace members of this community in the arms of Christian love and welcome them into a loving, Christ-centered fellowship. Written with love, respect and full of practical advice, this is a MUST-READ for all Christians.
This book is available for purchase in October, 2015, and was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.