There is a movement in certain sectors to keep parents of school children from knowing what the kids are being taught, and hiding other kinds of things from them, as well. For instance, during the pandemic, kids were being taught online and there were some teachers who tried to prevent parents from watching the classes because they didn’t want them knowing some of the radical things they were teaching. Another example is much more recent. There are school systems that are actually suing parents who object to the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in their schools, and many school boards are taking other measures to keep parents from knowing that it is being taught. There are MANY more examples of this kind of thing happening.
One really alarming example is happening in Scotland. It seems that schools across Scotland have made dozens of referrals of parents to local authorities for being unsupportive of their children’s desire to change genders. Yes, you read that right!
It seems that a transgender lobbying organization, called “LGBT Youth Scotland,” has issued guidance for schools in the form of a paper called Supporting Transgender Young People: Guidance for Schools in Scotland. This guidance instructs schools not to tell parents if their child changes gender in school unless the child (who could be as young as four years old) gives permission. Additionally, it says that if parents are “struggling” with their child’s transgender identity, staff can consider raising this with local authorities.
Now to be sure, this is not government sanctioned guidance. This organization simply inserted itself somehow into the schools, and some schools have been willing to receive it.
So how could something like this happen where parents are being referred to authorities for parenting? It is happening because the public is not stopping it. And the incidents in America? Same thing. There are enough people in positions of authority who hold worldview beliefs that consider this kind of behavior proper, that they are being able to push these oppressive policies on the public.
Of course, it is proper for Christians to push back. A mindset that promotes policies that substitute government bureaucratic “guidance” for the judgment of parents regarding how to raise children is simply evil. It should never be allowed to stand.
But there is another, even more important, element to this problem that must be fixed or nothing will change. The ultimate problem here is not the people who are pushing these policies. They are only instruments of the real problem. The underlying problem is the belief itself that supports what these people are doing. They are operating off of worldview beliefs that view the collective, rather than individuals, as having priority. And when the collective is the priority, you have a situation where only certain individuals are in a position to make the decisions regarding what is best for the collective. Individual parents can’t be allowed to throw a monkey wrench into the works.
That is one of the manifestations of a Naturalistic worldview – the belief that the natural universe, operating by natural laws, is all that exists. If that is true, human beings are nothing more than one species of natural animal among many, and there is no such thing as objective moral right and wrong. With that belief system, the ultimate purpose of man is nothing more than physical survival, and the leaders in society are tasked with determining the best way to promote that purpose.
The only problem is, naturalistic philosophy is not true. It doesn’t represent reality. There is something beyond the natural universe – the God of the Bible – and He has revealed Himself and His ways. That is where objectively true moral beliefs come from. To follow Naturalism is to live in a fantasy world.
As was said above, bad policies must by pushed back on. That said, until the underlying philosophy is replaced with the truth, problems like those mentioned above will continue. And the only way to replace false beliefs is to share true beliefs – the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you know how to do that in your world?
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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