Today the MN Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in MN. The Governor will sign the bill tomorrow and it will go into affect in August 2013. Many people are calling this a historic day as Minnesota will become the 12th state in the US to adopt such a law. The bill passed the MN Senate with a vote of 37-30.
So, what do Christian parents say to their children who are wondering what this all means? How do you Biblically prepare them for a future that will include meeting their friend Timmy's parents, Jim and Rick, at the all-school picnic? What do you do to lay a foundation strong enough to support them at schools where the teacher talks about family and marriage and sex between homosexual partners? These are questions that all parents need to think through immediately. There is no time to waste; you can not just hope that everything will sort itself out.
While driving around town our kids have begun to notice the "Vote No" stickers on the backs of cars. They initiate conversation with me, looking for guidance on how to mentally process the message of faith with the messages of the world. Every parent will likely handle the situation a little differently, based on their own personality and the make-up of their kids. That being said, here are some of the points I repeat over and over as I work at laying a foundation of Biblical truth and faith in my kids' hearts.
1. God created all people and God loves all people, therefore we show love and kindness to all people. (Colossians 1:16; 1 John 2:9-11)
2. God created a man and a woman, and his design was that only one man should marry one woman. (Genesis 2:4; Ephesians 5:21)
3. Satan hates God, and Satan wants people to hate God. We show hate for God by disobeying him and doing the things he doesn't want us to do. (1 John 2:4)
4. Because God created a man to be with a woman, relationships and marriage between same sex people is disobeying God, and that is called sin. (Romans 1:24-27)
5. Everyone sins in many different ways and all sins make God angry. (Romans 3:10-12, 23; Psalm 26:5)
6. Because everyone sins, including each of us, it is not ok for us to hate others or to speak badly of their sinful behavior. Rather we can be kind and considerate to all people, without saying what they do is ok. (Titus 3:3-6)
7. We need to pray for others, and pray for ourselves. We trust God to deal with the sins of other people. That is not our job. (Romans 12:18-21, 14:12