Sometimes it’s hard to guess which straw is finally going to break the camel’s back, but other times the consequences are pretty clear. Our public schools have slowly become more secular and more liberal, and any semblance of family values that you can still find seems to be on its last dying breath.
What exactly do we expect? While it’s certainly not the case that all public schools or all public school teachers are liberal, the system itself seems to be a clear platform for liberal, anti-family values.
Exhibit A: The new open locker and changing rooms policy where persons of either gender can pick their bathroom or locker room of their choice.Respecting vs Agreeing with minority opinions. There's a difference. #KeepTXFamiliesFree Click To Tweet
Forgive the frankness, but have we gone mad? Free thought and free expression are interesting things. At some point, American culture devolved from believing that we must each respect minority opinions to believing that we must all agree with minority opinions. In other words, you have the freedom to hold your opinion unless someone else disagrees with it. Reality, even physical, biological, and scientific reality seems to have no bearing on what is true and what is not. Aren’t convinced yet? Even our college students can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is not.
This is the environment surrounding our children. In Fort Worth, it’s not enough that our children are subjected to this environment emotionally and mentally through the school culture, now we are physically placing them in danger in order to appease our fear of having to stand up for the truth.
Here at THSC, our position is clear: Parental rights and child safety trump personal opinion. Nobody’s desire to be agreed with is more important than a parent’s ability to protect his or her child.
How Did We Get Here?
In America’s history, parents’ opinions and ability to allow children out on their own has changed drastically. Stories of young boys caring for the homestead moved to suburban sandlots and dime store visits, to playing throughout the neighborhood. Now, parents have been reported for allowing siblings to walk to the park alone. Why is this? Is it because of danger? Or is it because parents today must conform to society’s politically correct rules?
But the irony is these conforming pressures are creating new potential dangers. Today’s rules condemn a fair and objective citizen from questioning an outright physical difference and potential inappropriate, possibly even threatening, situation.
In the last decade, simply allowing a child to go to the changing room on his or her own created disagreements. At what age is he or she old enough? Is it okay if the parent has a view of the door? But this year, those disagreements became a national controversy. It’s not just about childhood independence any longer. It’s about common sense and addressing threats and inappropriate situations. Can a 12, 13, or even 14-year-old girl handle the potential conversation that must be had if she encounters a man who says he believes he’s a woman? So our girls, who have been depended upon for decades to accompany the little ones to the locker room while Mommy supervises the toddler in the shallow end of the pool, now must be accompanied as well?
As a nation, how are we even considering allowing grown men into the wrong locker room with a girl?
Christians, what are we doing?
Seeing the Truth for What it Truly Is
Is truth really this fragile? Can we not see what we are doing to the next generation? They are about to grow up with no sense of reality, no notion of what is true and what is false, no bearing for how to gauge the accuracy of their surroundings. Can they no longer be sure plain physical truth is actually true?
We are all standing here watching the emperor waltz around naked while telling our children that he is wearing clothes.
On issues like these, it is difficult for me to find the proper balance between calling the emperor out in front of everyone and trying to help him through what are clearly very serious issues. We all accept different lies about ourselves and about life at times. Someone who doesn’t know whether he is a man or a woman is no greater sinner than the rest of us. We can’t refuse to extend a hand and help simply because someone sins differently than we do.
But when someone’s decisions are putting your wife, sister, daughter, or mother at risk, how do you defend simple reason without blocking off your own outlet to reach those people?
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
It’s More than Policy and Laws
Ultimately, this is not simply a policy problem. If we win the policy fight, the battle will continue all the same. We have to do more than defend the truth, we have to teach the truth.We have to not simply defend the truth, we have to teach the truth. #KeepTXFamiliesFree Click To Tweet
It’s amazing how much of Jesus’ time on earth was spent simply teaching. Did he fend off attacks? Certainly. Did he call out those who were promoting lies? Absolutely. Did he stop there? Definitely not.Home schoolers have one of the last places we can teach our children the unpolluted truth.… Click To Tweet
Home schoolers have one of the last places where we can teach our children the unpolluted truth. If the public schools continue down the path they are taking, Christians, conservatives, and many who simply fear for their child’s best interests are going to start pulling their children out of the public schools. In the very near future, home schooling could become a new normal for many families.
For now, we must not only continue the fight to defend parental rights and simple truth, but also take the time to teach those truths to others.
You don’t become a girl or a boy by believing that you are one; your decision to live with another person of the same sex does not make that relationship a marriage; other human beings don’t wait until they are born and you are ready to acknowledge it to actually become alive; and the people who believe all of those things simply sin differently than you do. They are not any less human, or any less redeemable as a result.
What is and what you believe are not the same, and you will someday be held responsible for the difference between those two things.
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Don’t lose heart. Past generations have dealt with as large or greater lies, and God has pulled them through. We are still here.