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This may sound like a conversation about being a gay Christian, and it is. But even more, it's a conversation about wrestling with the question: Does God know what's best for me, or do I? Juli's guest shares her story and how she came to answer that question. And whether you're married, single, gay or straight, you'll have to answer it too.
Guest: rachel Gilson
One of the greatest barriers to honest conversations about sex with our kids (especially teens and young adults) is our own sexual brokenness. In one sense, this is a good thing. The pastor or parent who forges ahead with “thou shalt not” while harboring sexual sin is nothing short of a hypocrite. We know from volumes of research that the quickest way to lose your teen is such hypocrisy. Teens and young adults are far more impressed by authenticity than perfection. While we may feel appropriately hesitant to set boundaries that we ourselves are not following, the answer is not to stay silent while our children wade through the cesspool of pornography, sexting, and sexual experimentation.
A recent article showed that the most-Googled mental health term for several U.S. states during this pandemic is “intimacy issues.” While struggles and questions around sex and intimacy are hardly new, times of crisis can really magnify our pain points. If you’re looking for hope and healing, the following resources are a great place to start:
Authentic Intimacy helps you make sense of your sexuality. Through teaching & discipleship, Dr. Juli Slattery helps believers understand and apply God's design for sexuality.
Many Christians believe that their sexual choices and beliefs are a separate category from their spiritual pursuits. We simply assume that God doesn’t speak into our sexuality – that He allows us to make those choices for ourselves.
This is a destructive lie. In fact, sexuality and spirituality were designed to be inseparable. Our sexual beliefs and behaviors are a reflection of what we truly believe about God. Every sexual question is ultimately a spiritual question.
Engaging in sexual conversations is a necessary part of the Great Commission (making disciples). People need help understanding their sexuality within the context of God’s character and biblical teaching.
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