The other day I was having a conversation with my son and when out of the blue he said to me "WWDD". At first, I thought he meant to say WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). You may recall that in the mid 90's WWJD bracelets were a common accessory and mantra among believers. But, after he explained the acronym “WWDD” meant What Would Dad Do? I thought to myself, "Wow, what a wonderful compliment from my son.” It was in that moment I saw just how far our relationship has come and how God has healed it.
When Greg Jr. was a young child he routinely woke up terrified in the middle of the night saying there were monsters under his bed or … in his closet. Consequently, my wife Lynn or I would get out of bed, go to his room, turn on the lights, and reassure him that there were no monsters and that everything would be okay.
Life often presents obstacles and situations that often feel too large to take on. It is not uncommon to react out of fear. When Lynn and I found out that our son Greg Jr. was gay we were both overwhelmed with fear. We were afraid of the potential diseases he might contract, the hate crimes he might endure, and what our family and friends would think of him and us if they knew the truth. However, the fear that kept us awake at night was that Greg might lose his faith and ultimately his salvation. Our fears left us paralyzed. We simply did not know how to respond to having a gay son.