By Juliane K. Appling/ Wisconsin Family Council President
Child abuse of any sort is wrong. The Bible tells us it is better that a millstone be hung about a person’s neck and he or she be cast into the sea than that a person offend a child. So why do we tolerate and consider as politically correct a certain form of child abuse today?
I’m talking about parents who foster in their children the idea that their biological sex is wrong and worse, these parents sign off with medical personnel to start their kids on hormone treatments for gender dysphoria or gender confusion and even will permit irreversible surgeries to be done on their children. I’m also talking about other adults in positions of authority or other influential positions with children—like teachers or counselors—who encourage them to question their biological sex and push them to live a lie and to deny reality.
First let’s rehearse some truths. God created male and female. That’s it. It’s a binary system. That’s the biological reality. With very, very few exceptions, we all have either xx chromosomes, making us female, or xy chromosomes making us male. Because of the Fall and the curse of sin falling on everything, chromosomal abnormalities do happen, but this is exceedingly rare,[i] as is ambiguity of the external reproductive organs.[ii]
The next truth: God is too wise and too kind to trap a man in a woman’s body or a woman in a man’s body. That sense or thought that someone may have is just that—a thought or a sense. It’s not physiological; it’s psychological. Physiological changes won’t “fix” a psychological issue.
Next truth: God’s design is for parents to actually be the parents to their children. Children are by their very nature immature. Their bodies, their minds, their emotions—everything about them is growing and changing every day. Their ability to know right from wrong, good from bad, truth from falsehood is extremely limited and is being developed and shaped by the important people in their lives, especially their parents. They don’t know about biological sex, being male and female, except by and large from what they learn from their parents and other adults. Good parenting accepts biological reality and deals with any issues relating to what sex a child is in an age-appropriate, mature, responsible, future-thinking, child-protecting way. Children don’t know what’s good for them or even what is true about them. Parents are supposed to protect children—from others and even from themselves sometimes.
Today’s news is tragically filled with young children—I’ve seen stories involving 3 year olds, 5 year olds and 7 year olds—and yes, even infants—whose parents have decided the children are not the sex their biology says they are. In the case of infants, some parents are incensed that doctors do “infant gender assignment” at birth based on—horror of horrors—a quick inspection of external reproductive organs. As an aside, one’s sex is not “assigned” at birth. Sex is revealed at birth; God assigns sex at conception.
Parents who try to force a child to be something other than their biological sex, even consenting to hormone treatments and sometimes surgeries, are abusing their child. More and more reports are starting to come in of people who have done the hormone treatments and had the surgeries—surgeries that mutilate the body—and now regret that they did this—and these were adults consenting on their own behalf. These dear sad people found out that physical changes didn’t take care of their emotional and mental issues. Even those who have come to faith in Christ, have found it very difficult to transition back to their biological sex—and some changes can never be undone, such as the mutilating surgeries.
Parents who are in any way complicit with setting their children up for this type of future are guilty of child abuse in my opinion, as are other adults who encourage children in this lie. Christian parents, make sure you are doing everything you can to help your child understand God didn’t make a mistake in how He created them, male or female, and foster in them a healthy attitude towards their masculinity or femininity. Make wise choices regarding who educates your child. Run, and run fast and far, from places where it’s politically correct to protect and encourage this type of child abuse. Millstones are heavy…very heavy.
For Wisconsin Family Council, I’m Julaine Appling, reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”