Gender – Part 1

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The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

If you asked me whether we would be talking about gender several years ago, I would have said “no way!”. No reason to discuss it. It’s settled. Boys are boys and girls are girls from birth. This issue is now front and center, and it is a war for the hearts and minds of the next generation. Make no mistake about that.

By the way, the phrase “god of this age” in the 2 Corinthian4:4 passage actually refers to Satan. This passage goes a long way to explaining what we are experiencing today which more and more looks like the culture Paul described in Romans 1.

Why is this important? – particularly to parents and mentors. Because the media and LGBT onslaught on gender fluidity is, for all intents and purposes, no more than propaganda. Propaganda is telling partial truths or facts, but not the entire facts, and the ones omitted would change the perspective.

I am reminded of the experience of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who observed that the attitude of the German people towards Jews was quickly swayed by Nazi propaganda prior to World War II. In a short time, people went from considering Jews as immigrants to believing that they were enemies of the state deserving eradication. The German church stood by, silently.

I’m raising this cultural issue because of what happened to public attitudes on same sex marriage in the U.S. In ten years, public attitudes changed to overturn over 2,000 years of cultural convention. The gender issue is not going away, and the LGBTQ activists are already plotting how to advance this issue into the school system.

This will be the new battleground, brought on by the next generation whose values are often peer generated and formed by a complicit media. It’s not a comfortable topic to talk about or discuss, much like my post on #MeToo. In fact, I would ask if any of my readers have heard anyone talk about this in their church. I doubt it.

If you relied on the media and the liberal social agenda, you might come to the conclusion that gender is a choice. Well it’s not, and all choices have consequences. What is not heard is the voice of several millennia of cultural conventions that have worked perfectly well.

It started in bathrooms in Charlotte, NC, where the City passed an ordinance saying that boys’ bathrooms were for boys, and girls’ bathrooms were for girls. The outcry from the social liberals was deafening. Corporations jumped into the fray (inappropriately, in my opinion) and several large sports events were moved in protest to the law, costing the City millions in tourism revenue.

Why the outcry? Well, now we have “issues” about gender selection, although as best I can tell from my biology course and the doctors in my family, there is only male and female. Methinks that’s the way it is in the Bible too.

As for Gender “selection”, the LGBT movement doesn’t bother to tell you what our Pediatricians themselves said: ‘We urge healthcare professionals, educators, and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts-not ideology-determine reality.” American College of Pediatricians, May 2017.

Some states and colleges are moving to eliminate gender-based language from the English language, such as eliminating “he” and “she” and replacing it with a gender neutral ones or other titles. Stamford, Connecticut recently passed an ordinance in January 2018, which eliminated gender pronouns.

All of this is an attempt to increase the numbers of LGBT people, but there is more to the story.

My friend, Paula Rinehart, wrote a wonderful post entitled Virtue and Muir Skate; The Magic of Gender. In it, she said “The most contentious conversation in our culture now is about gender.”

She is a Christian author and counsellor and was marveling at the beauty of watching two Olympic skaters perform.

Her takeaway: “Our biological self is a bedrock reality. It’s truth we spend a lifetime growing into. Our gender is a corner of creation where the Living God has shared with us a piece of his glory.” I recommend you read her post – it is remarkable for its clarity on this issue.

Here’s what the media and the LGBT lobby is not telling you. The statistics of gender switching are grim: 41% attempt suicide and clinical depression affects even more. One survey published by the U.S. National Institute of Health from the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine said that “the suicide rate among transgender persons ranges from 31% to 50% across all countries”.

The challenge here is to understand what is happening in our post-Christian culture that preys upon the young. They are not often getting good guidance from anyone, least of all from their peers and social media. Parents and mentors need to step into the gap. According to counselors I know, many children wonder if they should be something else. They need to know that changing their gender will not solve the problem, and in fact, may lead to worse outcomes.

MENTOR TAKEAWAY: Gender dysphoria is affecting the next generation outside of their parents’ consent or knowledge. It’s either from social media or the educational system. Make sure your mentee knows that the soft language of “inclusiveness” hides the bitter truth that gender fluidity often leads to misery and untold consequences.

FURTHER STUDY:
52 actors who got LGBT nominations in the Oscars:
https://www.advocate.com/film/2018/2/27/52-straight-people-who-nabbed-oscar-noms-lgbt-roles

Paula Rinehart’s Post on Gender: http://www.paularinehart.com/blog/2018/2/26/virtue-and-muir-skate-the-magic-of-gender-eht9n
Suicide statistics for LGBT Youth: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/preventing-suicide/facts-about-suicide/#sm.00001gzfv0ajvscvkxylhu0mys1o5

The survey from Indian Journal Psychological Medicine on suicide around the world for transgender persons : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178031/

WORSHIP: I can’t think of a better song that “Good, Good Father” which reminds us that we have a Father who loves us: Chris Tomlin – Good Good Father (Audio) – YouTube

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