This past year I’ve given our Allies talk to about 1,000 parents in the Atlanta area. Their questions are very telling of the times in which we live. Here are a few of them:
- My son has a child in his class who has two mothers. How do I explain issues related to homosexuality with my little one?
- My child has been masturbating since she was very little. How do I guide her without shaming her?
- Won’t telling my kids about sex make them curious? How can I keep them from looking up their questions about it on the internet?
- How much about my past should I share with my children?
- There’s a child in my daughter’s kindergarten who thinks she’s a boy. How should I handle this with my child?
While God’s word is very clear on many things related to sexuality, exactly how to convey His truths isn’t as clear. Most of us grew up without answers to many of our questions related to sexuality. And many of today’s questions weren’t issues for us as the world was very different then.
But one timeless truth is that sexuality is very good, and even in our wandering or our woundedness God is faithful and trustworthy. He has purposed for us to live out our good and God-given sexuality in ways that honor Him and He equips us to do this.
If we look at sexuality only through the eyes of culture, the landscape seems dim. But God!
His faithfulness throughout the generations is clear. Seasons may change. Questions will change. But God’s plans and purposes for our sexuality have never changed. And for that and so much more, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful that in spite of the many ways I’ve misused, misunderstood, or not fully appreciated my sexuality, God still chooses me and loves me. He loves me not in spite of my wandering, but even in the midst of it. He’s such a good Daddy.
I’m thankful for God’s process of sanctifying me, often through my struggles or pain. I’m fully sanctified and I’m being sanctified. God is conforming me to the image of Christ and I’m so grateful. He’s not finished with me yet.
I’m thankful that God never abandons me even when He seems distant or uncaring. He is good, caring, kind, attentive, sovereign, and faithful. My emotions aren’t an indicator of God’s character but if I allow it, they can lead me to Him.
I’m thankful that God is a giver and that His design for boys and girls and men and women is good, very good.
I’m thankful for a calling that is so far above my ability to achieve in my own strength. Daily I must rely on Christ’s grace, His strength, and His wisdom.
And I’m so thankful for each of you, my cheerleaders, my supporters, my friends, people who share my joys and carry my burdens. Thank you for journeying with me, praying for me, TrueNorth, and this work, and for giving so generously of your time and your financial resources.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love! And know how thankful we are for you!
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