A Child’s Gender Identity vs. Parental Authority – What’s a Parent to Do?

Image result for transgender boy scouts of america Bernie Diaz, January 8, 2018

You’re a parent and your pre-teen or teenage child wants to join the Boy Scouts. What’s a parent to do? Your child now has unprecedented choices to make as which of the two major scouting organizations they’d like to affiliate with; the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Does it really matter?

It’s all about gender identity today as the latest topsy-turvy issue and controversy emanating from the sexual revolution. Can a child be permitted to make a personal decision to alter their own gender or cross the street alone? According to today’s cultural and academic elites, they do have the right and expectation to alter or completely change their gender or sexual identity with or without their parent’s approval, guidance or maybe even knowledge of. What’s a parent to do?

The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that of the start of this new year, it would now accept girls into its boys-only programs. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” Boy Scouts chief executive Michael Surbaugh said of the decision. The Boy Scouts board voted unanimously in favor of the policy change, a major reversal for the 107-year-old organization.

This latest shift of the BSA, follows numerous changes to membership requirements in Scouting in recent years. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts now allow openly homosexual scouts and leaders. In 2015, the Girl Scouts opened their ranks to transgender children who identify as girls on a case-by-case basis. And of this year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for the Cub Scouts program. Although there are no immediate plans to allow boys and girls to join the same den, that eventuality cannot be far behind. Won’t that make for a special overnights camping trip?

If your biology means your daughter is Peggy Sue, the Boy Scouts new policy allows her to self-identify as Bobby Sue, regardless of the gender on her birth certificate. What’s a parent to do?

Crossing the Street or Changing Gender?

Did you know that more than 200 children under the age of 14 died in the United States in 2014 after being struck by a car? Another 8,000 suffered injuries, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

Based on the above, a recent research study conducted at the University of Iowa has determined children younger than 14 do not possess the “cognitive” or intellectual skills and judgment to… wait for it…. safely cross a street. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an excerpt of the study as a nod some physicians found ironic, given the organization’s support for transgender treatment.

Ironic? Perhaps. ‘Revolutionary’? For sure. “This same AAP, also frequently promotes the claim that children this age or younger are cognitively capable of deciding that they are the wrong sex,” noted Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, a conservative alternative to the AAP. “Moreover, the AAP also deems children cognitively competent to consent to puberty blockers, toxic sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgery.”

That’s right 14 year-old Peggy Sue, you can’t cross the street on your own, but you can decide to painfully mutilate your body in the name of self-awareness.

The obvious irony in this sad and contemporary tale, is that while scientists document how the cognitive limitations of children compromise their judgment and ability to provide informed consent on something as fundamental, frequent and simple as crossing the street, they are according to the experts capable and cognitive enough to reassign themselves a brand-new gender identity or sexual orientation.

By the way, hasn’t society long had age restrictions not only for consenting to medical procedures, but also for driving, voting, joining the military, and purchasing alcohol and cigarettes? But sex-change? No not that, as the advocates and activists of the sexual revolution have similarly opposed any and all opposition to any age restriction of underage girls seeking abortions.

Who has and should have the ultimate responsibility and authority for maintaining the physical and mental health and direction of a child in a household? Parent or Professional?  One pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, believes doctors should give puberty blockers to even younger children. In a recent issue of the journal Endocrine News, he claimed the best age for boys is between 12 and 14, while girls should start between 10 and 12.

This is a question of authority. Who has it? Israelite history reveals that the father was to be diligent in instructing his children in the ways and words of the Lord for their own spiritual development and well-being. The father who was obedient to the commands of Scripture did just that, as found in the oft-quoted scripture of Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

To “train” indicates the first instruction that a father and mother give to a child, i.e., his early education. The training is designed to make clear to children the manner of life they are intended for and the sexual orientation they are to follow.

We can see throughout God’s word that the Christian parent is really an instrument in God’s hand. The whole process of instruction and discipline must be that which God commands and which he administers, so that His authority should be brought into constant and immediate contact with the mind, heart, and conscience of children.

However, Christian parents are going to have fight in today’s day and age to preserve their role as the central earthly authority over their children’s lives, all the while knowing that they should never present themselves as the ultimate authority to determine truth and duty. It is only by making God the teacher and ruler on whose authority everything is done that the goals of education can be met.

May we pray that God’s grace will enable parents to retain the right to meet those goals. Because, “Apparently, cognitive immaturity is an obstacle to crossing the street but not for giving consent to a sex change,” Michelle Cretella said. “Looks like ‘correctness’ outranks science when science gets in the way of agenda.”

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