Rob Hoogland, a mail carrier who lives in Vancouver British Columbia, is in jail. His crime? He refused to give permission to his fourteen year old daughter to take gender transitioning drugs, referred (and continues referring) to her as a girl, and has been speaking out publicly about it contrary to a judges orders. Yes, you read that right! Laws in Canada provide that young children are eligible to receive gender altering drugs without any parental consent or knowledge, and the parents are required to allow it. Hoogland was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $30,000.00 for his efforts. And lest you think that is too off the wall for America, there is already a bill being introduced in the U.S. Congress that will do the same here.
Of course, the very idea of allowing young children to make decisions of that nature is simply evil. And the fact that parents are shut out of the process is doubly egregious. This is political correctness run amuck. The personal consequences, for both children and parents, will be devastating. And the ultimate effects on society will be equally tragic. It will destroy people’s health, rip families apart, and completely undermine the very fabric of society.
But where in the world does this kind of moral direction come from? It comes from people who hold worldview beliefs that do not reflect reality. These people honestly believe that allowing gender transition for children is a good thing. They believe that children who demonstrate gender dysphoria (a feeling that one’s body doesn’t match their physical sex) must be allowed to physically transition to the other sex in order to keep them psychologically healthy. They truly believe that parents who get in the way of that transition are abusing their children (which, by the way, was one of the charges against Mr. Hoogland). They honestly believe that human sexuality is a psychological construct before it is a physical one, and that a healthy society must recognize that as a fact. These people live in a fantasy world.
This kind of fantasy could, perhaps, be overlooked or laughed at if those believing it did not have the power to act on them in a way that destroys people’s lives. But they do. Thus, it cannot be overlooked.
People who hold this viewpoint look at it as an effort that requires political action. In truth, there certainly are political ramifications, but its root is spiritual, not political. These people base their understanding of morality on naturalistic worldview beliefs – the belief that the natural universe operating by natural laws is all that exists. If that is true, there is no God, thus no basis for any kind of objective moral standard. And if their belief is true, human beings have no choice but to create their own moral code based on how they view reality. The only problem is, if their understanding of reality is wrong, the moral standards they come up with will inevitably be wrong – and in this case, not only wrong, but eminently harmful.
In reality, God does exist and has revealed objectively real truth to humanity. Part of that truth consists of the fact that human sexuality is not something that can be altered. On a political level, Christians need to be very active pushing back against the evils of a naturalistic worldview. The evil implications of those belief are harmful both to individuals and to society. But there is another level that is even more important. The reason people promote false political policy is because they hold false spiritual beliefs, and the only remedy for that is an acceptance of true spiritual beliefs. Sharing those underlying true belief must be the beginning point for dealing with the horrible political fallout that is now in play. Without that, the political efforts will ultimately go nowhere.
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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