In 2015, author Michelle Tea, in San Francisco, came up with an idea to “inspire a love of reading, while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others.” Her vision was to create an event for children aged 3 - 11, who would be read children’s books and engage in other learning activities in public libraries. So far so good, right? After all, what could be wrong with promoting reading to children at a public library? Oh, did I mention that these were to be hosted by drag queens?
Yes, that is right. Michelle organized this event for drag queens to read to young children. And it was designed to accomplish both of her goals – to inspire a love of reading, and teach tolerance for those who were “different” (and drag queens certainly fit the description of “different”). But it didn’t end there. The idea has caught on all over. According to their website, as of the time of this writing, Drag Queen Story Hour has 42 U.S. and 5 international chapters. And, they even have the official endorsement of the American Library Association.
So, what is the big deal? All of this is certainly harmless, right? After all, what could be the harm in allowing these drag queens to simply read a children’s story to children? Well, let’s start with who these drag queens are.
Almost without exception, they are people who are participants in the adult entertainment industry. In other words, they perform in porn films, “adult” night clubs, and other venues where they participate in nude dancing, perform lewd acts in shows, and do raucous, nasty comedy.
Who else are they? Well, they are mostly men who dress up as women for the purpose of providing vulgar, sexualized entertainment for the homosexual community. Most of these people are, themselves, homosexual.
But before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight. We need to make a clear distinction between who these people are as persons, and what they do. In some ways, they are no different from any other human being. They are fallen individuals separated from God because of their sin. It is just that their sin tends to be a little off the beaten path. That said, they are no further from God than any other person who has not come to Christ by faith and repentance. As such, as Christians, our view of them should be the same as our view of any other person who needs to know the transforming power of Christ in their lives.
That said, our response to their actions out in public should be totally intolerant. Their sexual vulgarity is destructive to family and damaging to society. And their attempts to expose children to this kind of perversion is inexcusable. I don’t know that we can prevent them from touting their wares in their porn movies and night clubs. On the other hand, we can certainly protect our children by not holding them up as role models to be emulated by letting them perform for children in a public library.
People who do not hold a biblical worldview will look at what is written here and label me intolerant and a hater. But the truth is, they do the same to me because I don’t agree with their moral beliefs. Their vitriol, and that of their supporters, toward those who hold a biblical worldview goes well beyond anything most Christians would ever express.
There is a way reality is actually structured, and if that way is represented by biblical morality, then it is perfectly acceptable to protect our children and our society from the vulgar thief of sin that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. But we should also not do it in a way that simply condemns those who participate in and promote this lifestyle. While standing strong for biblical values in society, we must also work to help those who are trapped in these false beliefs to come to know the transforming power of Christ for their lives.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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