1. Talk to your kids about TRUTH.
We live in a culture that denies truth. The world says that what is true for you isn’t necessarily true for me. The world’s truth is subjective. That’s fine as long as we’re talking about the best burger joint or who was the greatest hitter in baseball history. But when we veer into the topic of morality, which encompasses issues of our sexuality and gender, truth ceases to be subjective.
We must teach our children that truth is universal.
How do we break down complex concepts like “subjective” and “universal” for our kids?
If your kids are young, start with the burger joint. You like Wendy’s and I like What-a-Burger. That is a preference. We can disagree on the best burger or the best baseball player.
But God’s truth isn’t a preference. It is universal, that means it applies to everyone.
Explain that God’s truth is as sure as the scientific law of gravity. I may choose not to believe that law, but if I step off the 50th floor of a skyscraper, I will find out that it is true. Just as God created laws that govern our physical world, He created laws that govern our spiritual world. He created a moral law, and that law gives us truth that applies to everyone.
Where do we find this truth?
In God’s word. We can choose to create our own truth, but if our truth is different than God’s truth, we’re in for a big fall.
2. Talk to your kids about SIN.
The world says that God is a big, mean judge sitting on a throne in heaven shaking his finger at us. He has a short list of do’s and a long list of don’ts, and on the don’t list is all the fun stuff, which He calls sin.
But in reality, God is peering at us like a proud Papa who winces in pain when we sin because He knows the heartache it will cause us. Sin is God saying, “Don’t hurt yourself! I love you too much to let you go down that path without warning you of the pain that it will cause.”
God’s standard in Scripture is an expression of His love. When God calls something sin, He is creating a boundary to protect us. Just like you create rules to protect your kids—don’t touch the hot stove or play with the knife or run into the street to get the ball—God created rules to protect us.
Let your kids know that we all sin. We all fall short of the goal, and God doesn’t say that one sin is worse than another. If your child is older, you can explain that homosexual sin is no worse than heterosexual sin. To be clear, different types of sin will carry different consequences. For example, murder will have a harsher punishment than stealing, but Jesus paid the same price for every sin and every sinner.
According to Scripture, there are really only two types of sin—there is sin that we repent of, and sin that we don’t. This is why we must not embrace sin. We must not make it our identity. We must continue to struggle with the temptation to sin, and we must allow God to create a new nature in us, and a new heart (Psalm 51:10).
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