Since gay marriage became legal in in 2015, it got me wondering about the implications for how we cover this subject and others like it in youth ministry.
If you came looking for easy answers, you came to the wrong place; nothing but questions here. Maybe questions you’ve struggling with yourself.
The safe thing most churches do is ignore issues like this. The crazy churches almost burn their buildings down with the amount of fiery rhetoric they use to oppose issues like these.
These are the questions I have thought through and now I’d like to pose them to you
Does the Presidents now outspokenness on the subject make it more necessary for you to cover this subject in your youth group?
What are the current views of your youth group on the subject of gay marriage, and does it make it easier or harder to discuss it?
When you see students post on social media sites, in the affirmative or the negative toward gay marriage, do you feel compelled to like or comment? What are the implications if you did?
Do you feel the media attention of this subject is “forcing your hand” to deal with it in your ministry?
Do you and your Pastor have the same opinion on the subject? If not, how is that working?
Do you have gay kids in your group( (or think you do) and does this affect the way you talk about the subject? How do you handle it?
If you have already taken the subject head on, no matter that side you were on, did it positively or negatively (or neither) impact your group?
Our students deserve well thought out answer to these questions. If we’ll spend the time in prayer and the word. He’ll show us the way forward.