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We Cannot Be Silent – Part 3

posted Aug 16, 2016, 10:28 AM by First Baptist

 

 

In this series of articles, I’m reviewing the book “We Cannot Be Silent” by Dr. Albert Mohler. The book is about the moral/sexual revolution that is taking place in America. This week, I review the chapter on transgenderism, which is the newest “wave” in the revolution. The issue is right on our doorstep.

 

 

Headline in July 26 Harlan Tribune:

 

Transgender Directive Starts Local Conversation

 

What’s Going On?

 

On May 13, the Department of Justice & Department of Education sent a 5-page letter to every school district in the country informing them that students cannot be discriminated against on the basis of “gender identity” (i.e., a student’s “internal sense of gender” that may be different from their biological gender).

 

Some of the stipulations include:

 

§  All a student has to do is inform the school district that he/she has a different sense of gender.

§  No parental involvement is necessary. Also, there’s no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement.

§  The student need not be at any particular stage of the gender transition process. For example, there’s no requirement that they dress as their new gender or be taking estrogen or testosterone.

§  If a boy gender-identifies as a girl, he/she must then be treated as a girl in all respects, including restroom/locker room use and athletic participation. (Same for a girl who gender-identifies as a boy.)

§  The school can offer a single-use restroom/locker room, but can’t require the student to use it.

§  Other students’ discomfort is irrelevant. (This is actually stated in the letter.)

§  For overnight trips, the school can’t require transgender students to stay in single-occupancy accommodations.

 

This is the federal bureaucracy at its worst. As I understand it, 22 states have filed suit and the hope is that a judge will soon issue an injunction, preventing the implementation of the directive until it’s adjudicated.

 

I would personally urge our school district to ignore the directive at the present time. With regard to the lone student who has adopted a different gender, I would encourage school administrators to offer him or her (the student hasn’t been publicly identified) a single-use restroom/changing area. Obviously, this student should be treated with respect and compassion.

 

A Bigger Deal

 

In his book, Dr. Mohler argues that the transgender movement is an even “bigger deal” (my term) than the homosexual movement. This is because “the transgender revolution, even more than the movement for gay liberation, undermines the most basic structures of society.”

 

Explaining the Transgender Movement

 

The transgender movement insists on a sharp distinction between a person’s sex and gender. Sex is biological and determined at birth. Gender, however (it is argued), is socially constructed and ultimately determined by the individual. In other words, the premise of transgenderism is that the person decides his or her gender, not their anatomy. And certainly not God! If there is a God, He made a cruel mistake.

 

Dr. Mohler writes: “Once again, we observe an entire civilization collapsing.”

 

The Church’s Response

 

First, we need to have compassion for a person, especially a young person, who’s confused about his/her identity or believes “God made a mistake” in how they were made. That’s quite a burden for any person to carry.

 

Beyond this, I’ll quote from the book:

 

“The Christian response to the transgender movement must begin with Scripture. Scripture treats what the transgender movement discards as the “binary system of gender” as part of the goodness of God’s created order. Genesis 1-2 presents our embodiment as male or female as essential to our self-identity, not only as humans who constitute a human family, but as individuals.

 

Where one might claim that there is a disconnect between self-consciousness and embodiment, the Christian must tenderly and compassionately advise that it is the mental – that is, the self-consciousness and sense of personal identity – that must be conformed to the body rather than the body conformed [through surgical mutilation, drugs, etc.] to the individual’s mistaken self-perception.”

 

The American College of Pediatricians

 

The college of pediatricians has put out a number of papers regarding transgenderism. Here are some key statements:

 

1.      Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: XY & X are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.

2.      A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.

3.      Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.

4.      As many as 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

5.      Children who use puberty blockers will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

6.      Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden, which is one of the most LGBT-affirming countries in the world.

7.      Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal & healthful is child abuse.

 

The conclusion I draw from these experts is that, far from being a sign of enlightenment, it’s a grave mistake to affirm a child’s gender confusion. Doing so is actually a form of child abuse.

 

 

Pastor Dan

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