I asked fans on our AJCMomania Facebook page to send in hot topics for this month. You guys sent in a bunch of great ideas so I’m going to weave those in during this month. This topic comes from one of our regulars. Here’s what she wrote:
“I have MANY gay friends and have struggled in the past with how much to let the children digest regarding that part of my life….my friends know that I do not spiritually condone it. Biblically…it isn’t covered at all. Leviticus is thrown around a lot…but it doesn’t delve in it deeply. But I have come to this conclusion….if it is indeed a sin….and I believe to a degree it is….how does one reconcile it? It isn’t mentioned in the 10 Commandments. Is it any worse than stealing a pack of gum…sassing your parents….murder? How can a parent teach about homosexuality? My kids know that my very best friends in life are 2 gay men. But they also know that their gayness isn’t who they are…and it especially isn’t the reason why I love them so much. So….I have found my spiritual and moral balance concerning this….how do others fare?”
So how do you teach your kids about homosexuality? How do you balance your religious beliefs with real-world experience – i.e. if you do have gay friends? What’s a good age to even address it?