Recently I wrote a series of posts answering common questions teens ask about homosexuality (you can read those here and here). My desire is to equip parents, student pastors, and youth workers with answers to some of the difficult questions teens bring up about this issue. Our teens live in a culture where homosexuality is becoming more and more acceptable. Many of them may not even be struggling with homosexuality themselves, but they have questions about it. However, I don’t want to make light of the fact that many teens in our culture are struggling with homosexuality and many of them have embraced a lifestyle of it.
I want to point you to a few resources that I believe will be helpful as you address teens about homosexuality. These resources are helpful for anyone dealing with this issue, but since my primary audience is student pastors, youth workers, and parents, I will be focusing on them as I share these resources.
Ministering to Gay Teenagers by Shawn Harrison (book). I have not purchased a copy of this book yet, but have only heard good things about it. In this book, Shawn gives practical tips and ideas of how to handle ministering to a gay teenager. My friend Jonathan wrote an excellent review of this book you can read here. Also, Shawn has a large number of posts on his blog about homosexuality that would be a great resource for you as well (click here to view those).
The Best Argument I’ve Read for Traditional Marriage, and against Same-Sex Marriage (article). This is an extremely helpful article that explains one of the best arguments against homosexuality. It’s an argument that is not necessarily based on Scripture or Christian beliefs, which is helpful when addressing this issue to teens who are not Christians or don’t believe in God. It argues for traditional marriage based on the definition of marriage and how marriage has always been in society.
If Your Child Says, “I’m Gay” (article). Here is a great article for parents who have a child that has come out as a homosexual. In this article, Tim Wilkins shares how parents should respond if their child comes to them and says they are gay. I hope you don’t find yourself in this difficult spot, but if you do, this article is a must read. Also, check out this article about loving your gay child.
Testimony of a Christian who struggled with same sex attraction (video). This is a great video to show teens that may be struggling with homosexuality. This video was taken at a leadership event at The Summit Church where J.D. Greear, the pastor, interviewed and had a young man share his story about same sex attraction.
There are many more resources, both Christian and non-Christian based, out there they will help you address homosexuality to teens. These are ones that I have found helpful that I believe will be a help to you as well. If you have any resources to add to this list please leave them in the comment section below.