When you become a parent there's an unconditional love that you develop with your child. It's like a soul contract through conception that seals a deal of being there for you child through mistakes and accomplishments. You are your child's first criticizer and awarder. So knowing that, what do you do if your child decides that they are gay? I'm not currently a parent, but I personally feel that I wouldn't tell my child that it was wrong. I might not fully encourage it at such an young age because sometimes as children we mimic what we see. On the other hand, if my child were to tell me when he/she is a teenager then that would be reason to take it more seriously.
I don't believe that it is wrong for someone to be gay. I also don't believe that someone can make themselves gay. I believe there is a gene to determine if we are straight or if we are gay. To be honest, who would choose to date the same sex for the fun of it. Even if you are the "curious" type, I still label you as some form of homosexual. I'm not too big on using the word homosexual though because it has such a heavy undertone to it due to criticism. Anyway, it seems like we tend to look from the negative perspective of it or the media's perspective of it.
I wanted to take the time to step into the parent's shoes. Let's start with the supportive parent. It take s a brave parent to accept their child' sexual orientation when they are interested in the same sex. You have to risk criticism in the community, churches, schools, work, and even family. It' s not always both parents who are supportive. That's true parental love! It makes it much easier on the child to be themselves.
l'm not for or against being attracted to the same sex, but I do believe in being yourself. If being with the same sex makes you happy and able to live up to your purpose in life then who am I to stop you? Love doesn't have a gender and the heart doesn't lie. It would prevent many children from committing suicide by being a supportive parent. I do understand that people have strong religious views and I respect them. Sometimes, you have to stretch your wings beyond those passages and realize that you are harming your children by not giving them the love they deserve from accepting them as they are.
Now, you don't have to condone it though, but you do have to respect their decision. It would be unwise to let that get in the way of loving your child. No, don't allow it in your site if it's not true to your belief, but at the same time it's wrong to ridicule the child all the time. It's not easy to accept something like that. Even so, slow steps are better than no steps. It's suppressing for the child to live up to their parents expectations because it doesn't make them a productive adult.
At the end of the day, it's still a child that has emotions and goals in life. You have to still foster those needs no matter what. Especially, since your child is going into the world with more hatred against them than a heterosexual child. They have to fight harder for their personal life in this world that doesn't care. So at least, let home be a safe haven for them. If preaching the gospel from time to time works for you and it gets through, congrats! On the other hand, if it doesn't then let go and let life.
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