Christian Parents: If Your Child Comes Out to You, Here Are 5 Ways to Blow it

Another pure gem from johnpavlovitz.com

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, STRESSFUL CONVERSATIONHaving lived in the trenches of family ministry for the past two decades, I’ve been blessed with the honor of having a front row seat to the private lives of parents and their children. This proximity and access have been at times both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

Every single day I sit with, listen to, and care for families in the middle of their coming-out stories, and far too many times I’ve watched loving, faithful, well-meaning moms and dads do and say things in those early moments that did more harm to their sons and daughters than they could ever imagine.

Parents, should the day come when your children share the news with you that they identify as LGBTQ, here are five surefire ways to blow it:

1) Make it all about you.

This is surely a parenting curve ball of epic proportions; an expectation-shattering, plan-altering, world-rocking bit of news. You likely feel disoriented by a thousand swirling…

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