My son was handed a bullying survey the other day in school. All the children in the middle school were filling them out. The teacher explained that they were anonymous; however, she would like each child to check the appropriate box for Male or Female. She was sure to add a loophole just in case a child was confused about his or her gender. They were free to check both boxes.
This makes me really sad, because confused children need to hear the truth.
They need to know God formed them in their mother’s womb and loved them before any earthly person, even their mom, could hold a sparkle of affection for them.
They need to know God’s love does not falter. It is not based on performance or sacrifice, but rather on the nature of an almighty God whose greatest desire is to redeem his creation unto himself.
They need to know God created them male or female and that our God makes no mistakes. He looked on his creation and said it was very good. He has a plan and purpose that only they can live out. To an almighty God, they were no mistake.
They need to know their great value in this life, a value that doesn’t come from accomplishment or people’s approval. It is a value coming straight from the hand of God. They mean everything to the one who created them.
They need to know emotions can betray us. God gave us emotions as a gift. They cause our heart to sing in joy and break in sorrow. They make us care, love, give, cry, delight, and take joy in, but our emotions can falter in the wind like an old, dried-up leaf blown in every direction. Our emotions are not absolute truth. We don’t base our decisions on an emotion that can change from one day to the next, and if hormones are involved, may change from one moment to the next.
They need to know it’s right to walk in truth, to be the boy or girl God made to them to be.
They don’t need to be left alone with their confusion to sort their emotions out on their own. They need someone older and wiser to come alongside them and teach them truth. They need someone to love them enough to be honest with them.
They should not be checking both sex boxes on a bullying survey. They should know from the very start who God made them to be, and take delight in their uniqueness. They should be told the truth. They are worth the truth.
I imagine I’ll lose some readers over this post, but the day I begin to care more about my stats than about the truth, I’ve made my blog into a god. That’s the day I need to delete my blog, because I only want to serve one God.
If you care about kids and want them to know the truth, then share this. Someone needs to hear it.
Because I care,