As parents, it's our responsibility to advocate for our children. But when the culture censors the church and Christian parents, we are stripped of our parental right to equip our children to know right from wrong. - Do not let your voice be silenced! Do NOT leave your kids vulnerable to the lies of this world.
It's considered "normal" for 13-year-olds to own a smartphone and access social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Despite the data that shows a strong correlation between the iPhone release in 2007 and the onset of girls experiencing anxiety and depression due to unhealthy comparison facilitated by social media. Without parental involvement and coaching, this so-called "harmless rite of passage" can leave our children vulnerable to the very culture that finds offense in our Christian values and is actively trying to silence them.
The culture tells our children that same-sex relationships and transgenderism are normal and acceptable. Some state medical licensing boards have adopted "affirmative care," which requires doctors to affirm gender self-diagnosis. Testosterone hormone therapy to assist in gender transition ensues. The short-term side effects are pleasant (weight loss, sense of euphoria, and anxiety suppression) and can further affirm the diagnosis. -- However, this treatment path is irreversible, and allowing a child to make this decision at an age when they can not be expected to understand the consequences is heinous!
Does this mean that Christians hate transgender people? Absolutely not. We can refuse to condone behavior in love, without shaming or condemning. But we must be allowed to advocate for our children. We can not trust the culture to be the head of our family.
Scripture mentioned in this episode:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
"...but test everything; hold fast what is good."
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
by Abigail Shrier
Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It's Too Late
by Mary Rice Hasson and Theresa Farnan
Remember, there are two kinds of fire in the world: One that burns and consumes and one that burns and empowers. May God's word and God's love burn brightly in you, giving you the strength to face any fire. Until next time, little embers!
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