Talking About Homosexuality with Your Children
Society has fully embraced homosexual activity as a normal and acceptable alternative to heterosexuality, as is evident in pop culture and in the attempts of supporters of homosexuality to re-define marriage. As this blatant affront to God grows, the topic of homosexuality will arise as my sons grow up and see the culture around them. How should a Christian household broach this topic with children? Take it back to the beginning—Genesis.
My husband and I will reinforce the fact that our Creator God purposefully made man and woman distinct and complimentary on both emotional and physical levels. Our physical bodies were made to actually join together during intercourse—impossible for another man to accomplish. Only man and woman together can conceive of new life. We will emphasize that woman was made from man and for man; that her purpose was to help him and complete him—in ways another man could never aspire.
In the “Helper-Completer” project I created for the “Five Aspects of Biblical Femininity” bible study in which I participated, I used the visual of a puzzle to show how men and women are a perfect compliment to one another, as ordained by God. My husband and I can use this same visual to help our sons to understand how homosexuality distorts God’s perfect plan for man and woman/husband and wife. You can’t force two of the same puzzle pieces to fit together as a puzzle was constructed to fit. You can force the pieces haphazardly together, but the union won’t last and the picture it makes will be distorted. Puzzle pieces that are made to fit together join without force; they work together to make a perfect, complete picture. Much like the picture a husband—who is the head of the house—and a wife—who is lovingly submissive—create when they follow the perfect plan of God.
To put it simply, my husband and I will make sure that all choices our children make should not follow what society says, or even what we might say. Our children need to learn to take it back to God—the only true foundation for the choices we make in life. For example, when asked “why don’t we lie, Nathan?” my son now responds “because God is truth.” If we instruct our sons correctly, my hope is that when we ask “why is homosexuality wrong?” our sons will answer “because God made man and woman to join together, not man with man or woman with woman; that the love of a husband for his wife reflects the love that Christ has for the Church.” I hope they take it back to God.
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Thanks for this, there's always a good reminder to take things back to God and I love that you had examples of how to do so.
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