Part 3 – “Know Your Role: Gender Roles, Relationships, and the Gospel”

People are reading these gender roles articles like they have tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers on them!  Wait, can I say that as a Christian?  You bet!  For the third and final article, I asked one of my best friends who is a youth pastor to write about his experience of trying to minister to a student in his youth ministry who wanted to be a homosexual.  Youth pastors, and everyone else, listen in to what he has to say.  This guy is the real deal who just wants to pastor and live life biblially.  He’s a solid preacher of the gospel and teacher of the Word.  If you haven’t already, you will go through an experience like this with one of your students.  Chances are, they are already sitting in your youth room weekly…dreaming about the same-sex.

“My name is Matt, I’m 29, and a youth pastor in a small town of 4000.  

Last November, one of my students, who’d been at my church since the day I arrive asked me what I thought of homosexuality.  I gave him a bible and we studied the scriptures together.  We looked over Genesis 1-3, Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:18-32, I Corinthians 6:8-11, and I John 1:9.  I emphasized a few things from these passages: 1) Men and women each are created in the image of God (this is where we find our value as humans); 2) Men are created to be men, and women to be women; 3) The twisting of this design is the effect of sin and goes against God’s intention; 4) Forgiveness and freedom from sin are always available through Jesus Christ; 5) The church has not always done the best job of dealing with this issue.  Continue reading