How to Respond to a Loved One’s “Coming Out Story”

Episode 620 Show Notes 

From the Show

As you engage with this family member, you continue to love them. You want to be sensitive to the fact that the person may be hurt as well. With that, sharing the truth with this person in a loving way and reminding them that at the core of who they are is not their sexuality, the core of who they are is that they are made by God himself. They are image bearers worthy of dignity and respect, but as image bearers, we all sin against God by not reflecting the image of our creator.

——Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I am going through the bible with my 12yo son, and there are strange instances in the bible like the Sons of God in Genesis 6 and the witch of Endor in 1 Samuel that really trip him up when reading scripture. So much so that it is hard for him to focus on the bigger picture of scripture and the important pieces of it that point to Christ. How can I help him from getting too distracted with the minor details of scripture and focus on the bigger and more important parts?

2. Should a Christian hold a job that might hurt other people like working for the military or doing retail knowing that what is being sold comes from sweat shops?

3. Which aspects of the law should we still keep, specifically should we still try to keep the holy day feasts in the bible, or were those fulfilled in Jesus as well?

4. If someone in your family is heterosexual but because of a bad relationship decides to try homosexuality, how is the family to respond, especially when we see each other at holiday get togethers, birthdays, and those types of events? I keep praying for them and would appreciate prayers for this person in my family who is very confused and also has severe depression.

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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