The topic of homosexuality is a deeply controversial
one. It has many complexities and calls
Christians to do a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of
praying. As youth workers, full-time or
volunteer, we are called to disciple students, and a major part of this
discipleship process will be dealing with this topic. To say it another way, if you avoid the topic
of homosexuality with your students, you are shirking your responsibility. I myself am intimidated by this topic. I realize I don’t have all the answers and
I’m not the smartest person to be teaching on this topic, but I must. That being said, here are five things to keep in mind:
This might be the most significant reason to me. To call ourselves Christians and dismiss what
the Bible says is a contradiction. If we
are truly followers of the Living Word, we must know his Word. As Christians we must study the book that is
all about Jesus. It is the book we base
our entire lives on and we believe it is without error. Therefore, to compromise on this issue is to
call into question the validity of Scripture.
While the Bible doesn’t talk about homosexuality from cover-to-cover, it
does call it sin (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim.
1:8-11). Therefore, the Bible is calling
you to call it a sin.[i]
While the Bible calls homosexuality a sin, the Bible also
calls a lot of things sin. We do need to
keep in mind that there are some sins that are more grievous to God than
others, but every sin can send us to hell.
And while you may not struggle with the sin of homosexuality, you do
struggle with sin. You are a sinner
deserving of God’s just wrath. But, just
as God graciously provided his Son to you and loved you while you were his
enemy, he calls his followers to show love to all, even those struggling with
same-sex attraction. There are
complexities on how this love is shown, but start off knowing you need to love
those who are dealing with this issue.
One way to love those struggling with this issue is to tell
them what the Bible says about it.
However, this will almost surely get you into some sort of a
confrontation. Speaking from experience,
I have spoken with those struggling with this sin, and it was
uncomfortable. There are plenty who will
get angry with you for even calling this a sin.
Take heart, God said this would happen.
God’s Word promises that you will be persecuted for standing up for
righteousness (Matt. 5:10). Be prepared to be hated over this topic.
In DeYoung’s book on homosexuality, he is clear that the
Bible’s focus isn’t on homosexuality in one sense.[ii] However, in essence he says that the major
story of Scripture is God reconciling a people unto himself. Along this line of thinking, Scripture also
tells us that the sexually immoral will spend eternity in the lake of fire
(Rev. 21:8). Since this is true, it’s
vitally important to define sexual immorality.
As we see in Scripture, homosexuality is an aspect of sexual
immorality. Therefore, this is a very
important issue. Christians believe that
people will go to hell over this issue unless they share the gospel with
them. This tells us that the issue is
In our day, marriage is being redefined. What your students need to know is that God defines
marriage as one man and one woman. The
most significant evidence of this is found in the New Testament’s
interpretation of the Old. What I mean
is this, whenever Jesus and Paul teach on marriage, they always point to Adam
and Eve. They never use any other OT
figures as examples. “[Paul] never
appeals to polygamist kings such as David or Solomon or to polygamist
patriarchs such as Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob…Jesus and Paul do not look to any
of them as the paradigm for understanding marriage.”[iii]
There is so much more that could be said and needs to be
said on this subject, but this is a start.
Our students need to be confident on this subject and they need people
they trust speaking to them on this topic.
Stand firm on the Word of the Lord and don’t shy away.
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