In Genesis 1:27, God’s Word states, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Sadly, it has become increasingly more apparent that there are parents who seemingly have no qualms whatsoever with publicly exposing their innocent children to worldly ideologies that are antithetical to the orthodox Evangelical worldview. These parents claim that their children seek to be identified by a gender other than God's one assigned to them. I am not proposing that some young people do not struggle with gender dysphoria – a psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender identity.
However, I regularly notice parents questioning/interviewing their children -on social media - children as young as 5 years old, on whether they desire to be the gender opposite of the one assigned to them by God. In my opinion, this is nefarious behavior by the parents, as this is a topic that is FAR beyond the intellect of small children.
I have been a small child and have reared my own child, and I know that a young child has absolutely no idea of what he or she is honestly saying a great deal of the time. Oftentimes, you can ask a child a question, and they answer you one way; you go back to that same child a short while later, and they will have a different response. Small children simply do not possess the intelligence needed to make such life-altering decisions; they are still developing intellectually, emotionally, physically, and psychologically.
I grew up in a house with two brothers and was a tomboy. Thankfully, my parents allowed me to grow up under their care, and they did not try convincing me of even contemplating being anyone other than the female gender assigned to me by God. I know that I have used the language “assigned by God” several times already, but we need to remember that none of us had any decision in the gender assigned to us. In fact, God’s Word says in Psalm 139:13, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” We are male or female because that is who God made us be.
Our children should be allowed to grow up in an environment where no one questions their gender identity under any circumstances!
Innocent children should not in any way become pawns in the politically charged sexual conversations that Americans are having from one end of the country to the other – it is not right!
The current climate often includes -gender identity- as the tagline of many articles, posts, tweets, and news programs, which has undoubtedly oversaturated the Culture with the topic. Culture is seemingly playing a role in some parents choosing to move far beyond their innocent children's tender age and discuss gender identity with them.
In my spare time, I like to watch court shows on television. Recently, I viewed a court show where the defendant had hired the plaintiff to bake some treats for his child’s 7th birthday party. The defendant even invited the plaintiff and her son to attend the birthday party, as a kind gesture, as both kids attended school together. Now, fast forward to the day of the birthday party, the plaintiff shows up at the defendant's door with treats in hand that the defendant had ordered. However, the plaintiff’s son, who was in fact invited to the birthday party - showed up dressed as a girl (he had on a dress).
The defendant was heartbroken about being placed in this most unfortunate position, but he refused to let the plaintiff and her son (dressed as a girl) into the party. The plaintiff was upset by the defendant’s actions, but the defendant, who the boy clearly blindsided at his door dressed as a girl - had no choice but to refuse entry.
The plaintiff demanded of the defendant, “Ask your daughter if it is ok for my daughter (who was a boy dressed as a girl) to attend her party!” The defendant explained to the plaintiff that he would not be asking his daughter for her opinion on the matter because his daughter is a child and not capable of making decisions for herself.
Wholly consistent with our present-day moral revolution, if you guessed that the defendant lost the case, you are correct! Furthermore, the judge admonished the defendant, a pastor, for not being tolerant and allowing the child to attend the birthday party – and ruled in favor of the plaintiff.
There are a lot of voices vying for our attention in the World that we live in, but as Christians, we must faithfully renew our minds with God’s Word (Romans 12:2) so that we can know the truth and not fall for the lies put forth by the Adversary, as he is the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Our children, who are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), deserve to grow up with godly parents who will train them up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). Parents have NO authority to alter in any way that which God has ordained to be so (i.e., the gender of their male or female child).
So, let us resolve to be good caretakers of the children that the Lord has entrusted to us and train them up well; so that they can forge ahead in the life that God has carved out for them. Let us not cross boundaries by mentally and physically abusing our children by pushing alternatives to what God has already set in place. I do not know about you, but at the end of my life, I want to hear the Lord say to me, “Well done…” (Matthew 25:21).
What are your thoughts on parents publicly exposing their child(ren) to the belief they can arbitrarily choose the gender different than the one assigned to them by God?
*Father God, I pray for all the children who are grappling with this weighty issue because a parent and/or a trusted adult has exposed them to thinking that they can be anything other than the gender (male or female) that you ordained them to be. Please keep your loving arms around these precious children. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen!
Until next time,