Sex, Gender, and the Truth on Identity

Christopher Yuan has struggled with same-sex attraction his entire life. His story is one of God’s life-changing grace and redemption, as the Lord brought him out of being fully entrenched in the homosexual lifestyle and to himself. In his book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story, Christopher talks about what happened to him as he began to understand who he really was as a follower of Jesus Christ. He writes, “I read the bible more and more. As I did, I realized I’d placed my identity in the wrong thing. The culture tells those of us who are same-sex attracted that our sexuality is at the core of who we are. But God’s Word paints quite a different picture. Genesis 1:27 informs us that we are all created in the image of God. The apostle Paul says that in Christ “we live and move and have our being.” Thus, my identity is not gay, ex-gay, or even straight. My true identity is in Jesus Christ alone. This is a message of truth we all need to embrace.