Earlier this year, a Gallup survey, which interviewed about 15,000 people, found that of Generation Z, one in six identified as LGBT.
Christians who hold to a biblical vision of marriage and sexuality may feel discouraged by these numbers. But Greg Yoder with Keys for Kids Ministries says fighting cultural attitudes shouldn’t be the only goal of the Church. “We don’t live our lives to go out on the street corner and start preaching fire and brimstone, hoping people come to faith in Christ. That’s not really how it happens”
Yoder says Christians must respond to the issues biblically, always showing Jesus’ love. “We love Jesus and we love people. We love them. Because what does the New Testament say over and over? Be good, do good. Try and outdo one another in doing good. Because that’s where you earn the right to then share the good news of Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection.”
Resources for families
Keys for Kids Ministries has resources for parents looking to train their kids in the love of Jesus. You can read the Keys for Kids or Unlocked devotionals every day of the year. Yoder says, “It’s amazing what kinds of conversation can start. You may get questions that you don’t have answers to. And guess what? That’s okay. That gives you the opportunity to start looking things up, studying your Bible, asking questions. Maybe you can ask some mentors of yours, or maybe you can find some mentors.”
Yoder says it’s important for parents to work through tough questions with their kids. “Share the fact that you don’t know every question. But say, ‘I’m going to find out, let’s find out together.’”
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