The world is more complicated than it used to be.
Students are worried about their sexuality in ways that they were not 20 years ago.
Today, some kids are less certain that the body they were born with matches who they feel they are inside. They are also aware of different options for their sexuality as they mature into adults. Students have asked me, “What if I turn out to be gay?”
This used to be a much smaller percentage of the population but culture now presents more options to kids while they are young.
Part of me wants to shout “Stop confusing the kids! If they aren’t thinking about this stuff, leave them be.”
Well-meaning people are working hard to reach out to students who are same sex attracted or do not feel at home in their bodies. Unfortunately for kids who have never even considered these possibilities, they are being presented with ideas that plant seeds of confusion their minds.
How should we approach this? How do we teach what the God has taught us in the Bible about these things? I certainly don’t have all of the answers but from working with teens and from teaching adolescent development, I do have a few thoughts for parents and youth workers.…