In our youth service tonight, we began our series “We’re Talking About It”. For the next several weeks we’ll be dealing with difficult issues that the church tends to ignore or not really deal with. Tonight we dealt with homosexuality.
My plan was to speak from some of the main texts that deal with the issue and then have a short time for questions and discussion and then finish the evening with worship and a challenge to love people dealing with this issue and to extend grace to them (instead of judgment and condemnation).
The night started out as planned, but our question and discussion time ended up taking up the remainder of our service. I was surprised to see a variety of students interacting and wrestling with the issues. Now, there were some who didn’t quite engage as much, but overall I was very pleased with how the night went.
Just before I spoke, I showed the following trailer for a movie that won several awards at the latest Sundance Film Festival. It puts this issue into perspective and reveals how important it is that we wrestle with this issue and interact effectively with our culture (i.e. boycotting and holding signs isn’t cutting it).