Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea~ Mark 9:42 ESV
I am convinced that the God of the Universe is firmly in control of all things. Because I believe this to be true, I am not someone who typically worries all that much about most cultural trends. I do avoid unbiblical trends (and encourage others to do the same), because unbiblical ideas and movements inevitably lead to despair, chaos and brokenness. All that to say, fear mongering is not my thing and I seldom take an alarmist position on most issues.
All that being said.
I am convinced there are trends in our culture that should scare the bejeebers out of Christians and motivate us to act.
One such trend is taking place in publicly-funded schools and libraries around the globe. Educators are going around parents to introduce very young children to sexual concepts that are far beyond their ability to process. This has already created a great deal of confusion in the hearts, minds and spirits of a lot of little humans (Matthew 18:6) and things are only getting worse. Cultures reap what they sow as surely as individuals do. If our culture continues to embrace these trends I predict we will reap some ugly consequences for generations (Galatians 6:7-8).
Way back in the dark ages of the 1990’s, educators began reading books like Heather Has Two Mommies and A Tale of Two Daddies to kindergarten and preschool age children. Concerned citizens were assured that this would guarantee children who came from nontraditional families would feel loved, accepted and represented in their classrooms. The culture politely acquiesced to educators.
It’s possible that discussing these undeniably adult issues with impressionable little children began out of noble motives. However, the decision to go down that road has led to a place few people would have imagined. Kids are having their natural modesty broken down and likely being set-up to be groomed by pedophiles. Tax dollars are being spent to promote the absurd notion that gender is a choice first-graders should get to make. Children are being taught that there are dozens of different genders and they get to choose whichever one they want. Queer Story Hour is an actual thing (google it) and “transitioned” boys are dominating girls’ sports. Children are (with their parents blessing) being chemically and sometimes even surgically “transitioned” to a gender other than their biological gender.
It’s not just the littles being targeted: sex education for adolescents began as a means of preventing teenage pregnancy (a noble endeavor). Sadly, most sex education has morphed into dispensing the kind of salacious information that would make a professional sex worker blush.
Parents and grandparents ought to care deeply about this issue because parenting is the most effective avenue to pass on our values and to have a positive impact on future generations. It is also the greatest opportunity the average person will have to fulfill the great commission (Psalm 127:4-5, Matthew 28:16-20). Therefore, Satan routinely uses the culture to lead people away from the biblical truth they were raised with (Ephesians 6:11, 1st Peter 5:8).
That said, this is not strictly a parenting issue. It is a cultural issue and because we are all human we ought to care deeply about where this is going. There are four things Christians can and should do to combat this trend:
If you have young children consider an alternative to public education-
The public education system has become a battlefield for the hearts and minds of children. Unfortunately, common sense and conservative values have lost more battles than they have won in recent years. It might be time for parents to simply consider retreating from the system altogether. I understand that this is simply not an option for some families. If it is not, do the next best thing: talk to your kids, request conservative teachers if you can and get involved. That said, every Christian family should prayerfully consider home school, private Christian school, or an academics-centered charter school. If you do not have children at home but have the means, consider donating to an underfunded (they’re all underfunded) Christian school or consider providing a scholarship (or two) so a Christian kid can obtain a Christian education.
Use the power you do have-
Investigate what is going on in schools and libraries in your community. If kids are being introduced to sexual themes prematurely concerned citizens should take a stand where it really matters. Publicly-funded institutions should be informed that taxpayers will be voting “no” on upcoming bond-levies if such policies remain in place. If enough people do this it will attract attention. Public institutions need tax dollars to survive.
Teach truth (Titus 2:7)-
Children need to be taught from an early age that their gender (whatever it may be) is a good, beautiful God-ordained thing that should be celebrated (Genesis 1:27). Kids need to know that men and women both reflect God’s image and that there is nothing inherently wrong with being male or female. They also need to understand that gender is not something that can be altered. No matter what their teacher or local librarian tells them.
Seriously. Pray. Civilization is literally hanging in the balance.