There's a fascinating sentence in the Old Testament book of Chronicles, describing a group of "men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel ought to do" (I Chron. 12:32, NASB).
If ever we needed that kind of understanding and wisdom, it's today. Just think about some of what's happening in our schools, courts, media and families:
- A third grade teacher reads a book to his classroom about two princes who fall in love.
- News and entertainment outlets celebrate gender-confused individuals who believe they are the opposite sex.
- A daughter calls and says, "Mom, dad, I've found someone special. I really want you to meet her."
What do you do when these issues come up? And how do you respond when your children encounter situations like these? Do you understand the times and know what to do?
With the demands and fast pace of life, few people have time to research current social issues – much less to know how to respond.
Focus on the Family's team of issue experts have dedicated decades to researching the "hot-button" social topics of the day. Here is a list of eight free, helpful downloadable resources they've prepared addressing the subject of homosexuality– to help you understand and know what to do.
- Understanding Male Homosexuality: God's Power to Change Lives
We strive to help you understand: God's design for marriage and sexuality; the need for boys to develop healthy masculinity; sin's effect on sexuality; and the distinctions we make about homosexuality as attractions, behavior or identity. Other articles may be found at Understanding Same-Sex Attractions and Leaving Homosexuality.
- When a Loved One Says 'I'm Gay: A Guide for Parents
Many Christian parents feel devastated when their child says, "I'm gay." We hear from hundreds of them every year. With more and more young people experimenting with sexuality and identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual, we suspect this number will increase. For those of you facing this situation, we've produced a free, helpful downloadable resource.
- How to Talk to Your Children About Homosexuality: A Guide for Parents
With the increasing visibility of homosexuality in our culture, your children are likely to encounter this difficult issue. This resource and accompanying articles answer frequently asked questions and give guidance to parents from a biblical, compassionate perspective. To dig deeper, check out Understanding Same-Sex Attractions.
- Talking to Your Children About Transgender Issues
Transgenderism is tough enough for adults to understand. So when our children encounter these gender-confusing messages, what do we say? This article gives parents guidelines and suggestions for dealing with this difficult topic. For parents and teens who want to read more about gender confusion, we've also prepared a series of helpful articles, listed here: Understanding Transgenderism.
- Equipping Parents to Respond to Gender-Confusing Messages in Schools
This how-to guide helps you protect your children and your family's values. The resource equips parents to talk to their children about confusing messages they're encountering at school and in the culture about sexuality, gender and transgenderism. For more information and articles, go to True Tolerance.
- How Should We Respond? An Exhortation to the Church on Loving the Homosexual
If Christians are to respond to homosexuality with real moral authority, we must first repent of our own sins and then recommit ourselves to obedience, honesty, vulnerability and accountability. As you read this resource, you'll be challenged and gain more insight about reaching out to gay-identified men and women with courage, truth and love!
- Talking to Your Church About Homosexuality: A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders
Many in the church are changing their beliefs about marriage, sexuality and homosexuality. Is our church — or home group or Sunday school class — equipped to think biblically about this topic? This resource gives practical guidance about content and tone, as well as information about various groups you are likely to find in your congregation. To understand why pastors should address this issue, look at Three Reasons Why Pastors—and Other Church Leaders—Should Talk about Homosexuality in the Church.
- What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality? Answering Revisionist Gay Theology
This useful, downloadable resource begins by describing Christian sexual ethics. It moves from there to examining some possible reasons people may struggle with homosexuality and goes on to look at specific Bible passages and responses to "revisionist gay theology." More discussion is available at Focus' online series: Homosexuality, Theology and the Church.
For more helpful books and additional materials, see our downloadable Homosexuality Resources List.