Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28
There’s a lot to be said about this issue, particularly in a world which is apparently embracing the LGBTQ movement without realizing its devastating consequences which are never mentioned.
According to Dr. Paul Murtagh, a Pediatric endocrinologist of the American College of Pediatricians: “Suicide rates are 20 times higher for those who use cross-sex hormones and that 98 percent of boys and 88 percent of girls eventually accept the reality of who they were born to be.” When did you ever hear that?
Dr. Murtagh continues: “[A]dopting these policies is harmful to a child’s well-being and is child abuse.” “These policies” refers to policies and ideology “that identifying with a gender other than their biological one is beneficial.” That’s pretty strong language.
Even the NCAA (the ruling organization for collegiate sports) has jumped on the bandwagon in an effort to promote “inclusiveness and tolerance”. They officially back the LGBT agenda, which is surprising because some states (like California) have banned any state institution from funding or sponsoring travel to states that “allow discrimination against LGBT persons on religious or other grounds.”
The problem however, is that three states – North Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas – are all hosting 2018 NCAA basketball tournament events this month, even though they have been identified as discriminatory states. California is not alone, by the way, because New York has a similar policy which caused a state institution to cancel an early season baseball series with Southern Mississippi.
The fluid gender movement has already gotten traction in some states. Delaware is considering a law that permits a child to make a gender and race choice without informing the parents. Mind you, these are minors. They are not wards of the state or of the school. The school is not their parent, and if I remember correctly, making a profound decision about a child is the parents sole responsibility, absent a court order.
Also, it’s important because what is shown on media, TV, videos and movies today will be the norm in 10 years. I learned that from my friend Ralph Ennis over 20 years ago. It’s a pretty scary thought
This is important because the next generation is quick to adjust to the “new normal” and what seems “normal” to them and their peers must be OK. Call Me By Your Name was awarded an Oscar recently for best screenplay. The film is the story of a 24-year-old man in a homosexual relationship with a minor who was 17. It was one of 52 Oscar nominees for the Oscars motion that had LGBT themes.
This issue is not going away. The LGBT movement is alive and real. It took them some 40 years of behind the scenes work in the schools to change current public opinion about same-sex marriages.
Now we have an assault on our children by an educational system (and complicit media) which encourages children to consider their gender as something they can choose.
Christians are getting marginalized in this argument, often being labeled as intolerant, or that any criticism of this topic is “hate” speech. No matter that study after study consistently shows that children of their biological parents “consistently have better physical, emotional, and academic well-being” according to a November 2014 study.
The LGBT movement is following in the footsteps of the same-sex marriage movement, only taking it to different and more difficult places. At Harvard last month, a Christian group was put on probation for denying leadership to a woman who was dating another woman.
The Christian group says that she was removed because of “irreconcilable theological disagreement pertaining to our character standards” for leadership. It was a leadership issue. Harvard, however, said it was discrimination based on sexual orientation.
It is an attempt to overwrite biblical leadership standards. It will be opposed, just as other attempts, but it puts the Christian groups on campuses on the defensive.
In another arena, the Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., recently adopted a resolution to eliminate all gender references to God. In other words, they are rewriting the Bible based on current culture. What will come next, I wonder?
Why does all this matter? Well, if we are not smart about what the next generation is learning about gender, either from the media or the schools, we are headed to a very uncertain future, and the depravity described in Romans 1 will only become more real.
A good overview is an article in World Magazine entitled The Dissolution of Gender by Kiley Crosland. It’s a short but concise read on where we are (or aren’t) on this topic. The headnote: “Gender ideology seeped into law, education, medicine and the military in 2017.”
In July 2017, Planned Parenthood released new guidance recommending that parents teach their preschoolers that “your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.” Note this is aimed at preschoolers. When I mentioned this to one parent, their reaction was “That’s insane!”
One good sign: in Fayetteville, NC, parents turned back an effort to bring the Planned Parenthood curriculum into the school system. It is happening in your school system, often without fanfare or publicity.
But the battle goes on, often being unseen by parents and the church. According to the Wall Street Journal, Common Core, a curriculum introduced in 2002 in the “No Child Left Behind” movement, has a game in its sex education curriculum called “Identity Bingo”. I bet that comes as a surprise to many.
What is at stake here is the next generation has been described by some commentators as embracing sexual fluidity. In a remarkable post, James Emery White talks about The Rise of the Digisexual. For those of you who, like me, don’t recognize the word “digisexual”, it refers to “a primary sexual identity coming through the use of technology.”
James White cites a UK study that revealed that nearly half of young people do not think themselves as exclusively heterosexual. Why is this? Well, White notes that the “greatest value for this Generation (Gen Z) is nothing less than individual freedom.” It’s their Achilles heel.
White goes on to provide a dictionary of twelve new terms describing these new fluid sexual types. It is an eye-opener. For example, the term “Skoliosexual” refers to a person “primarily attracted to genderqueer, transgender, transsexual or non-binary people.”
We need clear articulation of what is at stake, and it needs to come from the Christian community, among other places. This is no time to sit on our hands wondering if this will go away.
I use these illustrations of what is happening in many venues to show how widespread the issue has become. It’s encouraged by our media, institutions, including liberal churches. It’s a 24/7 attack on all fronts. The battle for gender identity has crept into our world under the cloak of discrimination and intolerance which blunts all opposition.
However, there is a big difference to combatting discrimination and advocating something for our children that is known to be harmful. If the topic advanced was encouraging smoking cigarettes, everyone would be up in arms because they know the that cigarettes cause cancer.
Here, the “science” is known, but the oppressors ignore it and attack those who would oppose them as haters or use some other epithet.
So, here are some things to consider:
- The Evangelical world need to be vigilant and take the offensive, rather than be on defense. As Ephesians 6 says, we need to “stand our ground”.
- The Church also needs to realize that Generation Z is likely already tainted by this onslaught. Those in Gen Z’s view of church may be framed by what the church teaches on gender (See my post on Spirituality).
- As parents, monitor your schools’ curriculum for its sex-education content. If you don’t know, then ask. They will not ask your permission to put in Planned Parenthood or similarly slanted curriculums.
- Ask your pastor to study this issue and speak out. Silence in the German church over Nazi propaganda had disastrous consequences for Jews. You can pass your Pastor a copy of these two posts as a starting place.
The challenge is to be sure that the next generation gets the whole story, not a story that is one-sided. Too often the Christian voice is being crowded out in this debate, but they have 2,000 years of history on this topic. We need to forcefully make it clear that this gender issue is important, and not let it happen without resistance.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: Don’t be afraid to discuss this topic with your mentee. There’s nothing like sunlight to an issue to make it clear of the facts on gender selection. It has been shown to be harmful by study after study. As Andrew Comiskey notes, “Satan hates reality.”
FURTHER STUDY: 2016 Article by American College of Pediatricians denouncing policies advocating gender fluidity: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2016/march/american-college-of-pediatricians-say-gender-ideology-is-child-abuse
The Delaware law proposal to let children make gender/race choices without parents’ knowledge”.https://townhall.com/tipsheet/chrisreeves/2018/02/21/insanity-delaware-pushing-to-let-students-change-race-gender-without-parents-n2452342
The story behind Call Me By Your Name, an Oscar winner for best screenplay: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_by_Your_Name_(film)
Changing gender references to God by Episcopal Diocese: https://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/episcopal-diocese-votes-to-avoid-gendered-references-to-god/
Stamford, Connecticut’s move to eliminate gender pronouns: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/368340-connecticut-city-votes-to-remove-gender-pronouns-from-rules-of-order
Andrew Comiskey writing a post entitled “Why Gender Matters 3 – What Children Need” which provides the quote from the Pediatricians: http://andrewcomiskey.com/gender-matters-3-children-need/
Another post by Andrew Comiskey on Why Gender Matters 4: http://andrewcomiskey.com/why-gender-matters-4-gender-vandals/
James Emery White’s blog from Church and Culture on “The Rise of the Digisexual” which includes the new nomenclature: http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=12035
2014 study showing benefits of normal biological parents on the outcomes of children, including the effects of divorce https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4240051/
The review of Common Core’s curriculum in the Wall Street Journal including the game “Identity Bingo”: Read full article →
WORSHIP: Listen to “”I’m Going Free (Jailbreak)“ by Vertical Church Band which reminds us that we can break any chains that bind us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ZMjmZMo1o&list=RDJ2ZMjmZMo1o
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