Where Should Christian Teachers Stand on Controversial Issues?

Where Should Christian Teachers Stand on Controversial Issues?

Disclaimer #1: I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. If you need legal help, please seek an attorney for advice. You can ask a Christian attorney your legal questions here

Disclaimer #2: At Teach 4 the Heart, our primary audience is Christian educators, and one of our goals is to help Christian teachers understand how the Bible impacts all of our life, including our careers as educators. If you’re not a Christian, fair warning: I suspect you may not understand this article and may likely disagree. And that’s okay. But if you are a follower of Christ and find yourself disagreeing, I challenge you to ask yourself if your disagreements are based on Scripture or your own thoughts or beliefs.

[Deep breath]

Okay, let’s think this through together.


Our society is getting further and further from God, and for those of you who teach in a secular school, it can be tough to figure out where you need to draw the line between going with the flow and standing up for what you believe in. I recall an email I received from Emily – a senior elementary education student at a secular university. She had this exact concern:

To say that the university and the things that I am learning are liberal and extremely secular based is an understatement. I feel alone in my program because I feel as if I’m the only Christian that won’t budge on my morals. I am trying to be open-minded and embrace the practices and ways of thinking they’re teaching us without changing what I believe but I’m trying to figure out what that fine line is between embracing new practices and beliefs and knowing when not to change or alter my way of thinking.

In my program (especially this semester) we have been talking about the LGBT community, LGBT friendly practices, etc. I don’t agree with the lifestyle but I still want to love them-whether they’re parents of students or a student specifically. Just like I love my friends who are sinful I want to love people who identify as gay without condoning their lifestyle choice. We talk about having childrens books in our classrooms that have a family with 2 moms or 2 dads and I’m struggling to know where to draw the line. I want all students to feel welcomed and comfortable in my classroom but I also don’t want to have things in my classroom that go against what I believe. We also talk about having conversations in our classrooms about the LGBT lifestyle and I don’t know how I feel about that either.

I know that the first few years of teaching are really hard and I want to have a firm foundation of my faith and how to incorporate my beliefs into my teaching and how I go about teaching. Hopefully you can offer me a little encouragement and insight in this issue!

So where exactly is the line? How do you stay true to your faith in the midst of so much pressure – both on this hotly-charged issue and on many others? And what about the (possibly even more worrisome) questions about students who want to identify as the opposite gender? What do we do with all this?

Where should Christian teachers stand on controversial issues Well, the answers certainly aren’t simple, and full disclosure – I’ve always taught in a Christian school, so I haven’t had to deal with these issues in the same way as many of you have. But these issues are critical, so here are a few thoughts that to get us thinking in the right direction:

 As Christian Teachers in Public Schools….

  • We must believe what the Bible says. The Bible is quite clear about what is right and wrong, what is destructive and what is healthy. The question is – will we believe it? God is God, and He doesn’t make mistakes, doesn’t change. If we claim to believe the Bible, then we must believe all of the Bible. We must ground our beliefs in His inerrant, unchanging Word, not on the ever-changing prevailing winds of our culture. 
     
     
      We need to think Biblically about every aspect of life. Our faith goes way beyond the Sunday morning worship service – it should impact every issue we face. We must know the truth and understand how it applies to the issues of our society.
     
  • We must love without condoning sin. I love that Emily already has a good grasp on this concept, as it is vital. We absolutely must love our students. They must see that love every day in our words, our actions, and our care for them. There should never be a doubt in their minds that we care deeply for them and are desire to help them and see them succeed.


    But loving someone does not mean that you condone sin and destructive behavior in their lives. In fact, it means quite the opposite. When you truly love someone, you want to help them. And depending on your relationship, that may mean confronting them with the truth. Now to be clear, in the case of your students or their parents, it’s probably not your place to confront them about their life choices. But we must still remember that truly loving someone means that we do what is best for them whenever possible. And that means that we don’t encourage wrong, destructive behavior.
     
  • We must realize that there are those who want us to indoctrinate our students. There are many who want you to slowly convince your students that the LGBT lifestyle is not only acceptable but to be applauded. And our secular universities are trying to indoctrinate new teachers into thinking that if you don’t do this then you’re not a good teacher. They want you to think that if you don’t openly embrace the gay lifestyle that you will alienate certain students. But it’s just not true. The system just wants to pressure us into pushing their anti-biblical and ultimately destructive agenda.
     
    p.s. If you think that “secular” means “neutral” and that that should be our goal as Christian teachers,  I hope you’ll check out this article here where I debunk the myth that public schools could ever be truly neutral.
     
  • We must do what is best for our students. If we believe what the Bible says then we realize that promoting wrong behavior would be harmful to our students. And if we love our students, we certainly want what’s best for them.

    You do not have to promote a gay or transgender lifestyle to your students – especially to elementary students. They do not need to be discussing this issue at all unless it comes up in another form. And they certainly don’t need to be taught that it’s just as good to have 2 moms as it is to have a mom and a dad.

    Our society is not just trying to make sinful behavior acceptable. They are taking it one dangerous step further and trying to change the very definition of what is normal. For example, instead of promoting the ideal of a traditional family, they want to push the idea that 2 moms or 2 dads is just as good – thereby changing the definition of family that has stood for thousands of years. They realize that the way to change these definitions is to change the thinking of the next generation – and I have to say their strategy is working. But we absolutely should not help them in their destructive task – on this issue or on any issue. It’s simply not what is best for our students. So why would we participate?

  • We can and must teach the truth.  When I wrote awhile back on the topic, “Should Teachers Leave Their Faith at Home?” I got some interesting responses – many of which argued that we shouldn’t present our faith to our students. That actually wasn’t even what I was trying to say. Of course you can’t stand in front of your class and proclaim “Thus says the Lord,” but my point is that the truth should be such a part of who you are and what you believe that it cannot help but infuse itself into your teaching and interactions.

    Everyone has personal philosophies and beliefs that influence what they say and do, and even the public school system, by and large, has its own beliefs and agendas. So while you cannot openly promote any particular faith or religion, that doesn’t mean you have to forsake what you know to be true when you walk into your classroom. 

    Once again, to be clear, I’m not saying to start preaching the gospel in your math class. But I am saying that it’s okay and good to allow the truth to shine through. On this question, for example, it is right and good to present an example of a traditional family, to discuss your own marriage (or the marriages of those you know) in positive terms, and to speak about the blessings of a life-long commitment.

     
  • We have more freedom than you might think. Don’t be tricked into thinking that anything religious simply cannot be brought up. That’s just not the case. According to the article “Teachers’ Rights on Campus” presented by the Liberty Counsel, you have the right to discuss religious topics in an objective manner as long as they are related to the curriculum. And you certainly have the right to answer any questions that a student asks you – even if they are in regards to your own personal faith and beliefs. We must take advantage of the opportunities that arise.

    To get more info, check out this article here about when religion & faith are and are not allowed in public schools. Or, better yet, register for our free Teach with Faith, Not Fear training.

    You may also consider joining a group like Christian Educators Association International that will help you better understand the rights that you have in this regard. 

  • We must be willing to face criticism. Even though we have Constitutionally protected rights, there are those who will pressure you and maybe even try to silence you or take away your job if you don’t toe the line. But, my fellow Christian, we need to be willing to take this risk. Do we care more about our students or our job? I’m not telling you to do something stupid, but I’m telling you not to be ruled by fear. 

  • We must pray for wisdom & seek the Spirit’s guidance. Above all else, we must pray. If we’re trying to do this on our own, we will land ourselves in a heap of trouble and may even do more harm than good. Determine to pray for wisdom and to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit in these and all situations that you face in your classroom.

 

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Update: If you’re struggling with what I’ve said it may be helpful to read some of my clarifying comments in response to others below. I received an email with this statement that I thought was helpful: “On the issue of LGBT I don’t think we should give opinions as educators.” This is actually basically what I’m saying. In most cases, it is not our place to say anything or give any opinion at all (unless you are somehow in a position where that is called for). The problem is that many teachers are feeling pressure TO give an opinion in favor of the LGBT lifestyle – something that would violate not only their faith but what they believe is best for their students. And my point is that we shouldn’t be pressured into doing this. This question just doesn’t need to be brought up at all in the classroom (especially lower elementary classrooms) unless absolutely necessary. 

 

Image Credit: Cover of Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman. This book “shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.”

 

Linda Kardamis

I believe that when God calls us to teach, He promises the strength & wisdom to do it well. All we need to do is keep learning, growing, and depending on Him. I'm here to provide practical advice and Biblical encouragement so you'll have the confidence and perspective to not only inspire your students but reach their hearts as well.

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Angela K - June 5, 2014

I really appreciated that your first statement was to accept people as they are just as God loves and accepts us. We are all sinners. I do not choose the gay lifestyle but love those that do. I would never tell them that their lifestyle is sinful. They are people that love each other and who am I to judge the love between two adults. I could never and would never do that because it, to me, is not a loving act. Just as I do not tell those who are obese that gluttony is a sin. People should be allowed to live how they wish if they are living with love. I do however feel that as a teacher you have a right to censor items which are placed in your classroom based on your beliefs. Such as I would never provide my student information about birth control choices as that is not my place to give this information.

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Dina Ra'ad-Yaghnam - June 17, 2014

I want to thank you so much for all your useful tips and ideas. I am not a teacher, but I am a mother of three children. I do not live inthe US. i live half way across the world, in Jordan. But we are a Christian family , and my children go to a Christian school. But even here, I am worried about the impact that the LGBT movement has been having and the pressure that they have managed to put on public opinion. I do not want THEM to be persecuted, but now it seems like WE – those who do not agree with that life-style – are the ones who are being persecuted and cannot say “we do not think this is right”, and by all means, this is NOT right in the eyes of the Lord. I do believe that this is becoming a taboo similar to anti-Semitism, just like one dares not criticise Israle’s Occupation of Palestine and the displacement of millions of Palestinians, for fear of being called an “Anti-Semite” , so no, too, one dares not “disagree” with LGBT, for fear of being labeled a Homophobe. But this is much more dangerous and it is impacting our children… all over the world, since the whole world is now just a small village. For sure, at least in primary and middle school, children should be spared the confusion of being intoruduced to this “alternative” lifestyle. It is a sin to confuse children by exposing them to this. Just as we don’t teach children about the “birds and the bees” till they are much older, so too, this subject should be left till they are much older. .. till they are old enough to have developed a sense of right and wrong. till they are not as impressionable and “curious” to experiment.

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Math Teacher - July 11, 2014

I find your use of the word “indoctrinate” hypocritically ironic. I’ve been an public educator (elementary and middle AND in California) and not once, NOT ONCE, have I experience a colleague attempting to “promote” anything other than kindness and respect when it comes to the treatment of other humans.If that’s an agenda, I happily own it.

And yet…..

I’ve been countless times spoken to uninvited when minding my own business regarding my need to repent. I’ve been yelled at, smirked at, and threatened because I am unwilling to adhere to a set of beliefs for which I find mostly (with that small exception of Jesus’s love) repugnant, illogical, and superbly lacking evidential support in veracity. I’ve never had an atheist, agnostic, or gay person approach me uninvited to ask me about my religious or personal views. For the most part they just don’t care unless your believe system directly impacts their lives. See the difference?

I’ve had students ask me if I am a Christian. I generally respond with why they want to know? Curiosity is the primary reason. Then, I respond with a simple, “no” and leave it at that. I have been told by a few that I’m on the fast train to hell. I’m good with that because that, according to Christian doctrine AND history, that’s where the best and brightest are;)

So, a gentle word of advice, before you write about the public school system’s “agenda” and “indoctrination” you might want to take a look in the mirror.

Peace.

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    Linda Kardamis - July 11, 2014

    I’m sorry you’ve been yelled at or threatened by “Christians.” That type of reaction is certainly not consistent with the teachings of Jesus.

    I do also want to say that I give no apology for having an agenda. I absolutely have an agenda. This is a site designed to encourage and equip Christian teachers and parents, so I absolutely am trying to encourage them to live by and share a Christian worldview. No hypocrisy there – just trying to help Christian teachers understand that the public school system is often in opposition of our (Christian’s) worldview.

    Thanks for your comment….

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Julie - August 2, 2015

Dear Linda,
Thank you for this site that I found through Pinterest. I too taught in the Christian school after graduating from a Christian university for two years. I loved it. But as I was teaching those two years, I began a graduate degree in a secular university and realized there was a strong gay agenda being pushed (1992 in CA). I felt that I was being led to teach in public school to be a small light in a very dark world. If we don’t “push” our agenda, we are not fulfilling “The Great Commission.” I only share my faith by being who I am. There is no need to preach or proseletize. God has given my family a journey of faith that is impossible for us not to share God’s part in it.

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Shbell - October 9, 2017

“Beloved, let us love one another.” Nowhere does that say only heterosexual people. I’m a middle-aged heterosexual, female Christian who knows God to be accepting, welcoming, and loving. God isn’t biased against any human being. My friends who identify as LGBTQA have never asked that I alienate myself from heterosexual people, but I cannot say the same of this author. Human sexuality of any type is not a “lifestyle choice.” It’s just part of a person, like their skin color or height. My choice as a Christian is to fill my life with love and acceptance, not bias and discrimination. I’ll be unsubscribing from your emails and letting people know I badly misjudged this Christian site. Yes, I do believe you are Christian, and I hope that you grow to know God’s vastness and not this small little piece of God you’ve written about in your post.

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    Linda Kardamis - October 10, 2017

    You are absolutely right that we are to love and welcome everyone. I had hoped I had made that clear. God loves everyone and we are called to love everyone, too.

    But God is also holy. And He’s also God. He gets to make the rules, not us. And He is clear in Scripture that sexuality is not who you are. It is a choice. I know that’s not a popular view in our society, but nonetheless it is the Scriptural view. So the question comes to – will we believe God as He presents Himself, or will we make our own version of God that fits into what we feel comfortable with?

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      Heather H - October 17, 2017

      I guess I am very confused about the clear view in scripture of sexuality. I know of no specific views on choosing sexuality in the Bible. I know temple prostitution, rape, marriage (both to one woman and also to many women), betrothing… but no verses. I would like to know where those verses are located.

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        Linda Kardamis - October 18, 2017

        Hi Heather,
        You may find this list of verses helpful: http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-homosexuality/ (Please note that the last verse on this list is from the Law which was written specifically for the Jewish people during that specific time in history. No one would say that the penalty listed in this verse is still applicable today.)

        While the Bible does specifically list homosexuality as sin in both the OT & NT, the most helpful thing to realize about Biblical sexuality is that God designed sex for one purpose: For one man and one woman within a life-long committment of marriage. We fall short of this ideal in so many different ways (divorce, pre-marital sex, etc.) – not just in homosexuality. Even some of the heroes of the Bible fall short by having more than one wife – as you point out. But the Bible is clear that this is how God designed it & this is what is best.

        For unbelievers, we wouldn’t expect them to necessarily understand or support this ideal (although there is also empirical evidence that God’s design for the home is best for raising children), but for those who are Christians, we must remember that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are not our own. For we are bought with a price & should seek to glorify God in our body & Spirit, which are His (I Cor 6:17-20)

        Hope that’s helpful…

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Sheila - October 9, 2017

Last year, I had a student who was transgender and I was told I needed to call her by a male name. I was not okay with that and even Christians I brought up to argued with me saying who cares what you call them. I beg to differ. Things are certainly getting harder as a Christian teacher teaching in a public school.

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Red State Teacher - October 9, 2017

I am a Christian woman and a teacher in a very “red” state in the southeastern United States. Even though my students and I live in a small, rural community in a deeply religious state, I have more than a few students whose parents are in committed relationships or marriages with same-sex partners.
From reading your post, it sounds as if you believe we should be telling these students that their parents are inferior people and not to be looked up to. I have a hard time with the statement that “they certainly don’t need to be taught that it’s just as good to have 2 moms as it is to have a mom and a dad,” when one of these students has written journal entries about the abuse she and her mother suffered years ago at the hands of her biological father. Surely you do not condone an abusive heterosexual relationship?
If we are to, as you put it “… claim to believe the Bible, then we must believe all of the Bible. We must ground our beliefs in His inerrant, unchanging Word, not on the ever-changing prevailing winds of our culture.” do you mean that you follow all the rules of the Old Testament? I find that hard to believe. When you bring up controversial topics, why is sexuality the only one that offends?
In Matthew Chapter 22, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to Love God, and the second is like it, to Love your Neighbor as yourself. So, if we love God and love others, what we do not only fulfills the purpose of all the law, it transcends it. If we love others, there is no other rule necessary. THIS is what I believe I am called to do for my students. No matter what their circumstance, I should model love of my fellow human being. My students need unwavering love, not judgment of their parents’ choices. They know I am a Christian. They know I am married to a man and that we have been blessed with two children whom we adore. They don’t need me to tell them how much better that makes me than their own parents.

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    Linda Kardamis - October 10, 2017

    Thanks for bringing up these questions and offering the opportunity to clarify…
    1) I am not at all saying you should tell these students their parents are inferior or not to be looked up to. Not at all. That would be way out of line. You should be kind and welcoming to all parents. But the question Emily asked was about whether she should openly promote to all students the idea that homosexual marriages are good (in a lower elementary classroom). That’s a totally different situation. And I’m saying that no there’s no need to do that. You can love the parents that are in your class without trying to convince everyone else that this is a good idea.
    2) I am certainly not for abusive behavior or any other sin. I chose to write about this topic in this article because I had a question about it and many others have written questions about it. Because this article is about this topic in no way means that I am condoning anything else.
    3) Your question about the Old Testament and the law. We must read and understand the Bible in context. Many of the Old Testament laws were abolished by the cross. For example, Jesus abolished the OT sacrifices by being the sacrifice once for all. He also tells Peter that the dietary laws are no longer necessary. But the fact that Jesus removed many of the OT laws doesn’t mean we can just pick & choose which Bible verses we want to keep & which one we want to throw out.
    4) To love is absolutely the greatest commandment. But once again, to truly love someone means that you want what is best for them. Somehow our culture equates love with blindly supporting everything someone does. But that’s not what love is. Also, although loving is the greatest commandment and must always be in the forefront, that does not negate all the other clear commands of Scripture.
    5) Finally “My students need unwavering love, not judgment of their parents’ choice.” – I think you misunderstand what I am suggesting. You are right, and I am by no means saying that your students should feel any judgment from you. As I said, it’s not your place to say anything about their parents’ choices. All I am saying is that you shouldn’t be promoting the LGBT lifestyle – that there is no need to have books in your classroom that openly promote the LGBT lifestyle. You can love and support students & parents without trying to convince the rest of your class that what they’re doing is a good idea.

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      Red State Teacher - October 24, 2017

      You say “the fact that Jesus removed many of the OT laws doesn’t mean we can just pick & choose which Bible verses we want to keep & which one we want to throw out.” So, can you please clarify how you choose which verses you personally keep and which ones you choose to throw out?
      Again, in your post, you specifically say “they certainly don’t need to be taught that it’s just as good to have 2 moms as it is to have a mom and a dad.” Therefore, are you not saying that educators should insinuate to their students that it is *not* as good to have 2 [sic] moms as it is to have a mom and a dad? How is this possible without coming off as judgmental?
      I would not, nor would any other teacher-Christian or otherwise-that I have ever met, try to tell my students that they should consider pursuing a homosexual relationship. If anything, most teachers generally try to discourage their students from pursing ANY type of sexual relationship. Can you explain further what you would consider examples of a teacher “condoning” homosexuality and examples of what you would consider a teacher loving and supporting students who have parents with same-sex partners or who identify as homosexual themselves while at the same time expressing that they or their parents are making the wrong choice?
      I want to be sure I am doing this right.

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        Linda Kardamis - October 24, 2017

        Hello,
        Thanks so much for your questions. It’s always a struggle to know when to go into detail and when to keep it brief.

        For the question about the Old Testament – I’ll try to answer without writing a book – But the bottom line is that there are various parts of the OT law. Some are ceremonial laws – about sacrifices. Others are dietary restrictions. Others are about feasts for the Jews. Others are moral laws. Etc. In the New Testament, certain categories are explicitely done away with. For example, a vision is sent to Peter telling him to eat animals that Jews under the law were not allowed to eat (Acts 10). This vision showed that the old dietary laws were no longer in effect – and also had bigger implications about a change in the way Jews were to interact with Gentiles. Another example is the ceremonial laws about the temple and the sacrifices. When Jesus died, the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom – signifying that way to God was no longer restricted to the high priest once a year. Jesus died as the sacrifice once for all, so the regular animal sacrifices that were just a picture of Him were no longer necessary. So those are two examples of where a category of OT laws were clearly done away with. Other categories – like moral laws – were never done away with. We are not arbitrarily picking & choosing what still applies and what doesn’t. We must study the Bible & use the Bible to interpret the Bible. (Obviously we could talk way more about this but hope this helps….)

        Your question about what does it mean to condone an LGBT relationship. Unfortunately, I can give you a specific example I ran across last week. In a conversation with some teachers who create teaching resources (for TpT), the question came up about whether or not it was a good idea to intentionally incorporate pictures or examples of same-sex parents or families. The response (and I quote) was “I also wouldn’t worry about the backlash. It’s our job to normalize these portrayals.” Another said, “In one of my social studies units for Kdg, I specifically addressed how kids can have 2 moms or 2 dads….It’s our job to normalize.” So this is a prevalent way of thinking – that we need to normalize the idea of same-sex families. What I’m saying is that we shouldn’t participate in this normalization. We shouldn’t make any students feel uncomfortable if this is the way their family is arranged. But it’s one thing to love and support a family in your school. It’s a whole different thing to purposefully try to normalize destructive behavior. The former is welcoming and kind to those who you interact with. The second is trying to change the way that future students view the family – and the decisions they themselves will make as they get older.

        Hope this makes sense… Feel free to ask any clarifying questions 🙂

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          Linda Kardamis - October 24, 2017

          Oh, and what do I mean by “love and support”? – That you treat them like everyone else. That you help their student, talk to them like you’d talk to any other parent. I wouldn’t bring up what you think about their lifestyle choice at all unless for some reason it’s specifically asked of you.

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Holly - October 9, 2017

I teach in a public school.
I show my faith by the way I conduct myself and show love.
I’ve never understood why the LGBT community receives such hate from society. I don’t condone the life style. I also don’t condone adulterers, liars, thieves, etc. Yet, these people are not adamantly spoken against.
Why not?
The Bible says we need to love others as we love ourselves. Jesus led by example. I hope by remaining open and available to others, I can have discussions of faith with others.
We are also told in the Bible not to mock or judge others’ faith as they worship. If a person of the LGBT community believes then they have to deal with God and their life choices. As do I.
Before I became a teacher I was a discrimination lawyer. I am pro-Constitution. The rights I have are the same rights others are entitled to – which protects my right to practice my faith daily.

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    Linda Kardamis - October 10, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I certainly hope you didn’t read any hate from me in this article. I have absolutely no hate for anyone of the LGBT lifestyle or anyone struggling with any sin.

    To be clear, I’m not saying that teachers should in any way make their LGBT parents uncomfortable. All I’m saying is that there is no need to push the LGBT agenda on the rest of your students.

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Charlotte - October 9, 2017

You are right. I should not read this. I read only s portion and stopped. Too judgmental and that’s not our place. God’s word has many contradictions so I can’t believe all words but I can believe all truth.

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Heartbroken - October 10, 2017

It’s absoutely heartbreaking to hear Christian educators hide behind the good teachings of Christ to justify their discomfort with LGBTQ folks.

I encourage you to think deeply about the reverberating impact that your relationships with your students have on their lives. If they feel even an ounce of judgment because they came out to you, because they have queer parents, because they would rather go by Sheila, that judgment stays with them. It turns into self doubt, low self esteem, self hate. Because, why? Because you love them and when you love someone, you lead them towards “goodness”? What if they were good the whole time? (They were). Why do we always forget, “judge not, lest ye be judged on the final judgment day”? My heart breaks for these children. What we need to remember is that if God loves us all, he loves queers too.

I’ll pray for you

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    Linda Kardamis - October 10, 2017

    God absolutely loves us all and we must love everyone, too – especially our students.

    I am not saying we should judge our students or their parents. Although the word “judge” can be quite confusing. You may find this article helpful in thinking about what “judge” means in the Bible:
    https://teach4theheart.com/what-does-judge-not-really-mean/

    “What if they were good the whole time?” They weren’t. None of us are. The Bible says we are all sinners, all wicked, all far from God. That should bring humility and meekness to everything that we do. But it should also help us understand the stakes – we are all broken, all fallen, all in need of God – no matter what we struggle with. Our students need God, too. And while we cannot outright witness to them, we must pray for them and keep in mind that He is the true answer to their struggles.

    I want to clarify again, though, that I’m not saying teachers should do anything to make any LGBT students or parents uncomfortable. I’m simply saying you don’t need to do anything to openly promote that lifestyle to the rest of your class (like have books about it – especially in a younger elementary classroom).

    It is absolutely possible to pour out love and acceptance on a person without condoning their choices. We should be doing this all the time with all of the different struggles our students have, right? It is no different in this case.

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Kathy - October 12, 2017

After reading several of the comments I feel the need to leave a comment. I think some people are reading into what you have written. I think you are saying that we do not need to “promote” the LGBT lifestyle. I agree. That does not mean to necessarily speak out against it, just not promote or encourage or offer it as an alternative lifestyle.

I also teach in a public school. It is a tiny junior high/high school. I have has students that were labeled as Lesbian (by themselves and others) and a student with two moms. No teacher ever did anything to make any of these students feel out of place or less than anyone else. The two moms are treated just like any other set of parents. On the flip side, nothing is said to encourage or promote the idea of LGBT. How they live is their choice. They have raised a good son. That is all I care about.

As for the Lesbian girls, one of them has realized that was a part of growing up for her. She has married a wonderful man and they have a child together. One of the other Lesbian girls has recently graduated from our high school. She has dated both boys and girls. She and I have talked about this. I have asked her to remain open to the idea of finding a partner that is male. I also told her that while I do not understand her lesbian choice, I still care about her. She was okay with this and said she would. She is still dating mainly women. I will always care about her.

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    Linda Kardamis - October 13, 2017

    Exactly. Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

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