I have taken my show on the road and recently got to visit with the students at Lighthouse Christian Academy. I love and can relate to high schoolers on so many levels but the best part about them is their willingness to just say what they are thinking.
So we talked about sex. A lot.
Not to mention there were a few Chinese students at LCA with whom I got to chat it up. 则么样朋友们?!
Too many of our churchgoing young adults are hearing nothing- nada, zilch CRICKETS- from the church regarding homosexuality. Heck. In some churches there is little to no talk about human sexuality in general from the pulpit and they are hungering for it. In the void of Christian instruction on sex they are seeing a whole bunch of ugly from the media that thrills in demonizing those who oppose the progressive sexual ethic, and/or the hard-heartedness of “Christians” when it comes to empathy and support for their same sex attracted friends.
So, because I am service oriented, I felt the need to pound out a Cliff Note version of what we do need to be telling our young people. Not only is it possible, but it is critical that we hold fast to grace AND truth.
In our right hand, we must grasp firmly the teachings of scripture around sex- that is, complete faithfulness within man-woman marriage and complete celibacy outside of it. If we do not embrace that holistic and timeless truth we dishonor our Lord who issued these commands. We need to spell out for our children that these are not punitive or needlessly restrictive requirements. Rather, they are boundaries put into place by a loving Father for our protection and thriving.
In our left hand we must hold tightly to the preciousness of our same-sex attracted brothers and sisters. If we do not embrace them with ALL OUR HEARTS then we will also dishonor our Lord who has gone to great lengths to seek and save them. Now, many of us say that we believe this. But do we have personal, recent examples of how we have gone out of our way to RADICALLY demonstrate God’s heart in this matter? Don’t tell kids that they should love their gay neighbor. They have heard that.
Kids do what they see.
So do it.
Now, my young Game Chargers, with these two realities firmly in hand walk, no run, into the world with all your might. Teach by example that there is a third way, the superior way, to navigate this issue in our churches and in our world.