Here and here are two insightful articles concerning the moral, cultural and social mayhem unfolding before our eyes as the transgender bandwagon gains frightening momentum. Where will it lead? Read the articles and ponder and pray that then Lord might yet have mercy and turn this nation from self-inflicted disaster.
Two further observations:
- It is interesting that this is taking place when our women’s national sports teams are celebrated in hockey, football, cricket and rugby. Better make the most of it while you can because the transgender movement will be the death-knell of women’s sport as we know it.
- An area where most of us are going to feel this hit is how we call people. What shall we do? Shall we call people according to how God crested them or according to how they have self-defined? This needs some thought I feel.
Transport for London (TfL) yesterday announced that the announcements on the Underground will no longer be of the “Ladies and Gentlemen” form, but rather of the”everyone” form. The detail is here.
So let us think about all the people who would be happy with “Ladies and Gentlemen”:
- Heterosexual men and women? No problem there.
- Homosexual men and women. They seem still content to me known as ladies and gentlemen notwithstanding their sexual orientation.
- Transgender people. Well, a man who wants to be a woman would no doubt be happy to be called a woman (and vice versa).
This leaves an incredibly minute part of the population who through being intersex or coveting androgyny might prefer not to have “Ladies and Gentlemen”
So in the name of equality we have this change. All of which
- Is a further change in the atmosphere which lessens the true understanding of man and women in God’s sight. We need to remember that in Genesis 1: 27c we read male and female he created them as God’s statement concerning the origin of mankind. The loss of “Ladies and Gentleman” is a further erosion of the established facts of God’s order.
- Means that further money well have to be spent to make sure instruction manuals, signs, announcements and whatever conform to this pursuit of “equality”. Interesting how money can always be found for these things. That is even when there are continual constraints on public sector expenditure.
Iniquity has been accepted by our culture and one of the ways that is demonstrated is through the way certain concepts are now spoken of. So we start to hear and read about “his husband” and “her wife”, and as those terms start to get used regularly we can tend to get used to them and accept. But, wait-on everybody; this is an outrage! Marriage is between a man and a woman. So you can’t have “his husband” and “her wife”. Fellow believers in the Lord we need to be continually outraged about these developments and never accept them as the “norm”.
Another way in which the pollution of our culture is exhibited is in referring to a so-called trans-gendered man as a woman. We start to accept these things. James is now Julie and “he” is a “she”. But wait-on he is still a biological “he” no matter how much tampering has gone on with the genitalia.
Oh what a time we live in. And there is much pressure upon us to conform. Amidst these pressures there are no doubt many intricacies. But I feel, as much as lies within us, we should not bow to the prevailing culture, but rather should seek to honour the Lord by refusing to adopt these new ways of speaking.
There is a growing number of teenagers who are experiencing mental health problems. Here is one article on the matter. This may, to a degree, be because we are more aware of the issue now. It may also be because youngsters are more willing to talk about these things now. However, I want to present two key issues which are generating increased mental turmoil for youngsters:
1. Seeking Identity.
In previous times we used to have to work out our identity within quite fixed boundaries. Our sex was defined, our sexuality was defined and our virginity was maintained until marriage. So children could grow up with that framework and find their identity therein. There were cases where this caused distress, but this was quite limited. Now all three of these are up for grabs. You have to decide when and with whom you will lose you virginity and you have to pick and choose about your sexuality and sex. It is moral mayhem and it is leaving many casualties in its wake.
2. Social Media.
The whole matter of mental trauma is intensified by the fact that youngsters are living their lives in an online culture. They are not even allowed to explore their identity in their own private space. Everything is now out there on social media and the exploration of identity is done in front of others. So all know whether or not I am having sex, and all know about my struggles in gender defining and sexual orientation.
No wonder our youngsters feel confused. As parents we need to respond wisely to all this. Obviously we create and implement a biblical frame for these things. And we need to help them handle social media. I don’t begin to be able to give definitive advice on the social media issue. But I do know that it is a whole lot easier when a biblical frame for sexuality and identity is in place.
As we advance to the supposed nirvana whereby everybody can choose their own gender regardless of the biological facts which contradict such a choice, I want to flag up an unintended consequence that seems to have had little consideration. It is that this essentially means the end of women’s sport.
The push is on for all males who feel themselves to be female to be classified as female. And so, in a sporting context, those who are biologically female are immediately at a disadvantage. It is a fact of creation that the male body is stronger, faster and has more strength than that of the female body. I know there are exceptions to this, but this is generally the case.
What will eventuate then is that “men’s sport” will be men against men because women identifying as men will not have the same capabilities as men. Accordingly, they will be effectively excluded from competition. Then you will have “women’s sport” which will be men who are defined as women competing against other men defined as women because all true women will not have the capabilities of the supposed women who are actually men. I trust you were able to follow that. It is a mess isn’t it.
So good job Jessica Ennis-Hill got a damehood in the recent New Years honours list. She may be the last woman, who is truly a woman, to ascend to such heights.
Sorry to bring up something of a delicate subject, but it struck me that we may be close to seeing the demise of the urinal. This is because the transgender aspect to the LGBT agenda will percolate society to such a degree that all our toilets will have to be desexualized , asexualized or adrongynized (which ever term you prefer).
This all stems from the outworking of people being free to choose which toilets they occupy according to what they feel their gender to be. See here for one article on this. The only way to make that safe and acceptable in the brave new transgendered world is to have all toilets for male and female.
This means that we will only have individualistic loos to go into to attend to our needs. Accordingly, urinals will become a relic of history. So fellow males of the species perhaps note this anticipated development with soberness when you next have to relieve yourself.
And by the way this will cost an awful lot of money. No doubt in due course a diktat will arrive from “on high” that all public buildings (including churches) will have to conform. Just think how all that money could have been better spent. But the new groupthink will impose its will on all, regardless of the cost.
Well it is the men’s 10m platform competition in the diving at the Olympics starting today, so prepare yourself for another bout of Tom Daley Fever. What is it that seems to send the media circus into something of a swoon when it comes to Tom Daley?
He won the bronze in the 10m synchronized platform competition on 9th August with Dan Goodfellow. Whereupon certain parts of the press just produced photos of Mr Daley on his own as commented upon here. And remember he had not won! He had only finished third and yet it seemed that we were all being cajoled into believing this was a magnificent achievement. Well, of course it must be because Tom Daley did it. If he belly-flopped into the pool I reckon it would be portrayed as a triumph for British ingenuity.
So why is it that he is treated as such a hero? I reckon it is the longing to find role-models for the brave new world where everything has changed and is changing in respect of sexuality and gender. This is where Tom fits the bill. The news has it that Tom is due to be marrying his fiance Dustin Lance Black after the Olympics. And in so many ways it seems that Tom is your perfect role model to persuade us that such activity is normal. After all he:
- is young
- is good-looking
- is photogenic
- is courteous
- has a residual prominence as a result of starting his career so young
- is successful; having reached teh upper echelons of his chosen profession
- has suffered and overcome tragedy with the loss of his father
- has a mother who approves of his relationship.
- gives the impression that everything is great as regards to him being with Dustin
And so he is lauded and fawned upon. So there it is Tom is the hero to be emulated. Tom may be a fine man, his achievements are significant and I do not want to underestimate the suffering he had with the loss of his father. However, there is something distasteful about all this. I fear he is being used by the media to persuade us that all is well in this brave new world. Alas I believe it is all a lie and the harvest from overturning God’s order will be grievous to behold in our society.