One challenge many parents face in today’s culture is their teen’s claim that he/she is gay.
Well, you’ll need to affirm three things with him/her right off the bat.
First, affirm your unconditional love for him regardless.
Second, affirm to him the difference between having a desire and willingly capitulating to it. Sex, unlike food for example, is not a need. It’s a desire—though a strong one at that. I liken it to a desire for eating a gallon of ice cream in one sitting. I know I can do it, but how likely will I do it. God gave us His Spirit to hold captive His Word to keep us from falling. In general, there’s no sin committed unless those thoughts are cultivated towards an action.
But, if Scripture is what it claims to be, then we also need to affirm a third thing. After affirming your love and compassion for your child, always affirm the true principles and mandates of God’s Word.
Picture provided Nathaniel D. Ether
Conversation Starter: What are some other steps you could take if your teen claims to be gay?