Prominent people and politicians make promises not based in reality. When the "chickens come home to roost," they ignore what happens and hope no one notices.
With a bankrupt nation now $20 trillion in debt, Bernie Sanders talks of "free college tuition." His counterpart Hillary Clinton makes similar entitlement promises. Both garner a massive following and votes among the uninformed and unsuspecting.
Bernie's wife, Jane, was president of Vermont's Burlington College from 2004 to 2011 and made a glowing promise of tremendous enrollment growth if they'd sign off on her vision to relocate to a prime 32-acre waterfront property. Sold a bill of goods, the college gave in and now has collapsed under massive debt. The beautiful college tragically closed, ending 44 years of history with 30 faculty and staff losing their jobs.
Currently, we're in the midst of an explosive national debate on transgenderism and our children. Even though the American College of Pediatricians has gone on record labeling this ideology "child abuse," our enlightened politicians and some medical personnel promise success if we follow their advice.
Their promise of better families and a more holistic society by yielding to their "wisdom" is seductive but pernicious. Why? Because it runs counter to God's design for the family.
'How Did We Get Here?'
We've arrived at a place of moral insanity, and our culture is unraveling because we've abandoned absolute truth. Simply read Romans 1:18-31 to see the downward spiral of people who "suppress the truth ... become futile in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise they became fools ... dishonor their own bodies ... God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not proper."
This is an accurate description of our rapidly declining society today. Demanding open access to bathrooms and showers, 0.03 percent of the population supposedly "transgender" now demand their "rights" as the majority of us ask, "What about our privacy and safety rights?"
Because politicians like our president, plus some parents and medical personnel, are not upholding time-honored biblical standards, we're finding multitudes of moms and dads emotionally manipulated by children who are struggling with their identity and wanting to experiment with what is currently "cool." And in the name of "non-discrimination" and "progressivism," politicians are steering us down a path to destruction.
'Growing Up Trans' on PBS
In my 44 years of vocational ministry, I have never seen a more disturbing and heartbreaking documentary.
Here's the deal from God's perspective on three parts of the presentation.
1. In the past there was a minuscule minority of confused adults who explored transitioning their gender, but today we are catering to and almost celebrating children pondering this possibility.
Conceding there is an extremely small percentage of people with chromosomal disorders, let's keep in mind that children have wild imaginations, are immature and extremely impressionable.
When a young girl who is uncomfortable with her body stares at computer images of handsome young guys with flawless bodies and fantasizes about having that type of body image, should it surprise us that her imagination takes her down the path of changing into a boy?
Commenting upon her computer experiences, a confused young girl in the program said, "To me they're real. ... It's a telepathic thing. ... It's in my head. ... I can then walk down the street in this guy world ... ."
Parents who allow their children to watch videos on YouTube/Tumblr internet sites that encourage transgender lifestyles for children need to have their heads examined! Young "trans" instructors encouraging onlookers on the "how-tos" of hormone injections, voice alteration and breast removal is actually dangerous propaganda and manipulation.
Parents have a responsibility to monitor their children's input. A gullible child needs parental supervision and guidance, not unrestricted access to computer images and unbiblical concepts. Children in the "doc" should have been instructed in no uncertain terms: This is not "normal," "natural" or worthy of exploring.
2. When a 9-year-old boy thinks he'd be happier as a girl and wants to dress up and take on a permanent female identity, parents can't be passive or "supportive." They need to be involved in training up their child in the way they should go, aligned with their biological makeup.
Scripture instructs us, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6).
In the program a little boy demanded that his parents and his grandparent call him a different Disney girl character every day to help him transition to being a girl. Bowing down to his royal majesty, every day of the week the adults in his life reinforced his distorted thinking by obeying his command by calling him "Snow White, Tinkerbelle, Cinderella, Ariel" and so forth.
The mom also succumbed to letting the little boy dress regularly as a girl. Does it surprise you what transpired?
Not long after, mom takes this guy/girl to a therapist at 13 and allows the mixed-up child to begin hormone therapy! This blocks puberty and later mom tell us, "We don't have a choice."
It is tragic to witness misinformed parents reneging on their God-given role. It's also sad to hear such fatalistic remarks when we serve a living God who transforms lives and can rescue us from deception and destruction.
3. Since the overwhelming majority of children in gender confusion ("gender dysphoria") do not continue in this wayward path, parents must stand strong against politicians and medical authorities pushing treatments to solve the problem.
Subjecting boys to chemical castration and girls to hormones blocking periods and puberty are extremely dangerous and mostly irreversible.
Observing a 13-year-old girl filling out consent forms to release medical personnel from lawsuits involving cancer potential, fertility problems, ovarian cancer, hair loss, mood change, depression, stroke, suicide and other serious ailments broke my heart. What happens when the child comes to his or her senses and wants to reverse course later in life?
"Rates of suicide among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex change reassignment surgery are 'twenty times greater' than the rest of the population even in such trans-friendly places as Sweden."
One teenage girl transitioning to a boy acknowledged being "violent" and "punching a hole in the wall" and even "throwing a cup at her father" when he refused to give in to her demands. Mom yielded, but thank God in this case, the dad who appeared to be a spiritual man, would not acquiesce.
The program ended with an example of a transgender support group. Twenty young people sat affirming each other, laughing about their gender reassignment surgery and "new parts." I paused the program at this point and had to stop and pray because I couldn't go on any further.
Jesus Christ soberly warned us about mistreatment of children in Matthew 18:6. He stated, "But whoever misleads one of these little ones who believe in Me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung about his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
While I pray for our president every day, I cannot for the life of me understand his obsession with the LGBT agenda, especially transgenderism.
President Obama just appointed a man who now identifies as a woman to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. The man was previously Catholic and married with three children. In his 50s he decided to change into a "woman." What example is he setting for his children?
Let's end with this statement from Linda Harvey, president of Mission America, who says it best: "We must stand against the legitimization of chemical and surgical child abuse, legitimization of chemical and surgical child abuse sanctioned by parents and prescribed by some misguided physicians, and championed by our president, God help us."
Yes, God help us at this crossroad of our nation's history.
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Hear his weekly podcast here.
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