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LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816559] Wed, 13 April 2016 10:02 Go to next message
Jamie
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I have to admit, when raising my kids the first time around, there were less letters, which made grappling with the subject much easier. Too, by the time my kids were exposed enough to warrant a conversation, they were older (tweens/teens). That was not only due to the environment, but the relatively slow development of social/internet. When I was a kid, I was well into middleschool before I had even heard slurs much less met anyone. In highschool, I probably only had a handful of straight friends. I'm old enough to remember Matthew Shepherd as current news and the facts vs the legend that soon surrounded the murder.

Today, I have a four year old. Things have changed to abject acceptance in the world, to the point of vilifying anyone who has a live and let live mindset as being hate mongers themselves. That's inside and outside religious circles as well which used to swing hot or cold. I'm finding that this particular topic is fast becoming a litmus test early in any newbie conversation. Where I live, both city and neighborhood, this is very politically charged (and politically correct has more or less a Big Brother like watch dog).

I don't really know my question - just guidance, I suppose. Every group, homeschool related or just playing on the playground, is ending up making this very in your face for a little one miles away from "the talk" just yet, but already pointing out blaring differences in people he sees.


Peace
Re: LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816561 is a reply to message #816559 ] Wed, 13 April 2016 11:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Jonah is old enough to know that "Our family follows Jesus. Some people don't. Our job is to be kind to others so we will have an opportunity to tell them about Jesus and help them follow Him, too."


Leigh
Tennessee

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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Re: LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816562 is a reply to message #816561 ] Wed, 13 April 2016 14:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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Leigh wrote on Wed, 13 April 2016 11:49

Jonah is old enough to know that "Our family follows Jesus. Some people don't. Our job is to be kind to others so we will have an opportunity to tell them about Jesus and help them follow Him, too."



Exactly!


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816563 is a reply to message #816562 ] Wed, 13 April 2016 19:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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Lisa R. wrote on Wed, 13 April 2016 14:37

Leigh wrote on Wed, 13 April 2016 11:49

Jonah is old enough to know that "Our family follows Jesus. Some people don't. Our job is to be kind to others so we will have an opportunity to tell them about Jesus and help them follow Him, too."



Exactly!

That always ends up with a myriad of "WHY" questions.

The questions I'm fielding from him in other fields already leave me with, "There's not enough understanding for you to understand." I've given the simplistic Christian-ese and it's not enough for him. There are a couple of individuals who cross our path quite often...I'm suspecting he'll blurt something out eventually.


Peace
Re: LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816564 is a reply to message #816559 ] Wed, 13 April 2016 20:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leigh  is currently offline Leigh
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There is no answer to that. Not everyone chooses to follow Jesus, just like Jonah makes a choice to obey or not obey. That's all he needs to know. Beyond that, he needs to treat people politely, and that is his job right now.


Leigh
Tennessee

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

~~Benjamin Franklin

Re: LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816571 is a reply to message #816559 ] Thu, 14 April 2016 15:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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It's okay not to know. You can talk about sin blinding them, etc., but I think at his age, it's enough to say, "Sweetie, we just don't know all the answers, and that's one of the ones we really don't know. Let's just be kind to the people God puts in our path, and share the love of Jesus with them."

I can't tell if you're looking for answers to why folks don't follow Jesus, or what it means to be gay. Sin, however you choose to explain it, is the ultimate answer to the former. For the latter, we just told our youngest ones, "It's when boys decide to act like they're married with other boys or girls act like they're married with other girls. We know that the Bible teaches that to be wrong, but it's not up to us to challenge other people..." Something along those lines.

How persistent he is will affect how much you say. But it all should be said in love, with clear understanding of what scripture says, and clear instructions about kindness, etc. And a reminder that we don't blurt out things like that in public, but keep these conversations at home. Wink


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: LGBTQIA and little kids [message #816823 is a reply to message #816559 ] Sat, 14 May 2016 11:45 Go to previous message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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I repeat several times a day...."It is better to be kind, than right." My boys seem to be always trying to one up each other on the things they do "wrong". I applies to this situation as well.


In Him--Tracy
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