I once heard a story about a young boy who thought he was Superman and could fly. When told that it wasn’t possible, he proudly proclaimed that he had a cape, a large “S” in the center of his shirt, and yes he was Superman and he knew he could fly. Jumping off a couch would be one thing, jumping off a barn would be quite another, but what if he decided to jump off the side of a mountain, proving he was Superman and denying gravity? Obviously there would be regret experienced by the boy, the parents, and anyone else who knew this young man.
Would it have been loving to let the boy jump regardless of the known consequences? Is it loving to support someone’s feelings if it’s a detrimental denial of facts? Isn’t it better to offer the truth, in love? Wouldn’t it show more compassion to “hurt” someone with the truth rather than to harm them with a lie? Ought we not to follow the example of Jesus who was full of grace and truth? Thinking of His interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus addressed her misconceptions and her sin. He spoke loving truth into her, rather than allowing her to continue ignorantly and harmfully in her skewed thinking and her sin.
Like Jesus, we can love and affirm an individual without affirming their skewed thinking.
When it comes to the LGBTQ… alphabet soup, the truth is often gagged by political correctness. This segment of our population is having the truth hidden from them for fear of not being politically correct, the violent attacks from those who desire to push this agenda, and due to the age we live in where it’s better to plug your ears because “ignorance is bliss.”
The fact is, there are many dangerous and detrimental consequences associated with the LGBTQ lifestyle (both physical and psychological) that are well known by “objective” sources, by sources that are Left-leaning, and of course by sources who present the traditional point of view. Even though each of these admit to the harmful results of LGBT lifestyle actions, two-thirds of these sources are muffled by political correctness and willfully turn a blind eye so that the agenda may continue to undermine and erode the morality of this nation, at the expense of those who are bound in its sinful clutches.
Statistics show that ignorance is NOT bliss and there’s a good portion of the “T” part of this sexual soup who experience regret after “transitioning” to a different gender and are attempting to warn others to get out of the equation. After all, feeling something doesn’t make it true; neither does altering the outward appearance or mutilating the body change the fundamental make up of one’s divinely-assigned sex. Wholeness results when people stop denying the Creator’s assignment and make peace with their God-given gender, purpose, and plan.
First let’s look at some statistics which show the dangers of believing the lie of “transgender” feelings.
The New Atlantis journal (fall 2016), published an in-depth report entitled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh (John Hopkins University). “This report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence.” Although its focus includes the whole gamut of the LGBT populations, the statistics and information we present from this report are only those addressing the “Transgender” population.
From this report we learn that:
· “According to a recent estimate, about 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as a gender that does not correspond to their biological sex.”
· There is no scientific evidence that supports a “man is trapped in a woman’s body” or vice-versa.
· The rate of lifetime suicide attempts for “transgender” individuals (across all ages) is 41% which is much higher than the 4.6% for the overall U.S. population.
· “Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood.”
· “One study found that, compared to controls, sex-reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.”
There are an increasing number of “transgender” individuals who have either through surgery, or less invasive means, changed the look of their bodies and/or legal status and now regret it. They aren’t happy with what they’ve become and find many obstacles to regain what they have lost. Even legally it is much easier to change your gender-status than it is to change it back.
Walt Heyer (who has personally experienced “transition” and regret) writes extensively on this topic and has even started a group called Sex Change Regret. Regret isn’t rare and although main media outlets are mostly silent on this subject, other sources like The Witherspoon Institute, The New American, The Stream, The Federalist, and others aren’t afraid of being labeled “transphobic,” or haters. They’re willing to stand on the truth—going against political correctness—for the good of their readers and to warn the nation.
One may be able to change the way that their body looks through hormone treatments, surgery, or make up; but they cannot change the make-up of their body! The Daily Signal quotes Dr. Michelle Cretella as saying, “‘Biological [sex] is imprinted by our DNA at the moment of conception, and it’s [in] every single cell in our bodies.’ It comes down to chromosomes, she explained: If you have a Y chromosome, you’re a boy. If you don’t, you’re a girl. Thoughts and feelings are not hard-wired before birth. They develop over time.’ She said there is no scientific test or biological evidence that affirms a person’s ‘chosen’ gender.”
It’s no wonder that “transgender” people would eventually suffer regret or still not find peace or contentment in the actions, dress, or outward body of the opposite sex. They are at war with biological reality; they are fighting against their Creator and against themselves.
For this reason—and many others—one should be very hesitant in promoting “transgenderism” in young children and youth. We wouldn’t allow a child to decide that it’s okay to play in the street or only eat candy 24/7; but amazingly, some think that this same child has the capacity to decide what his/her gender should be.
And what hypocrisy to claim that parents who do not want to vaccinate their children are being abusive, yet applaud those who would give hormone blocking drugs to their children. Also from The New Atlantis (Spring of 2017) is this article on the dangers of hormone therapy (puberty suppression) on children/youth.
We urge you to watch this short video addressing some of the dangers that the “transgender” agenda is pushing on our children.
In a culture that is fighting to sexualize and steal the childhood of our children at increasingly younger ages, it’s vitally important that we point them to their Creator and His loving design for them. Yes, do love and affirm them; yet speak the truth in love to them. This is how we show real love to our children and to others.
The Left hides the dangers and the truth for the sake of their own destructive agenda—THAT’S NOT LOVE! If you speak truth and point to the Truth, you’ll likely be accused of hate and fear. Be a truth-teller and a Light-bearer anyway. Care enough to show real compassion and real love—point to the Creator, Redeemer, and Saviour of mankind—point to CHRIST.
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