Clarity Amidst Confusion
Our children are growing up in a culture of confusion when it comes to the issues of gender and sexuality. Facebook now allows uses to choose between 58 gender options. To date people identify with over 2o sexual orientations, including heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, autosexual, demisexual, omnisexual, pansexual, polysexual, spectrasexual, etc. Ontario’s new Health and Physical Education curriculum reflects and promotes this confusion.
As elders at Island Bible Chapel, we understand our role as shepherds (1 Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28). Part of being a shepherd is protecting the flock. We are concerned for the protection of our children’s innocence and about the moral teaching of the young in our church.
To give parents assistance and direction as they care for their children in a world with much gender and sexual confusion, I (with the blessing of the elders at IBC) presented a seminar entitled, “Clarity Amidst Confusion: How Christian Parents Can Respond To Ontario’s New Sex. Ed. Curriculum.”
To download the notes from this seminar, please click here: clarity-amidst-confusion-sex-ed-curriculum-for-parents
I believe it is important to speak the truth in love on this important issue. In order to be seen as “loving” some do not want to confront issues with the truth. In order to cling to the “truth” some communicate in a loving way. My goal has been to avoid both extremes and speak the truth in love.
Finally, I will end with a quote from Rick Warren, which I believes captures both our culture and the way I want my response to be: compassionate with conviction.
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”