I believe the same applies to my children.
When I came across this video from The Gospel Coalition and Jackie Hill Perry, it affirmed everything I’ve been feeling in my heart about this issue. Perry says:
“Gender, or sex, is not fluid, it’s not open to interpretation, it’s not available for us as human beings to change. God is God, and I think as parents, WE have to be convinced of this truth, because if we’re not convinced of this truth, we’ll easily be led astray by trying to please and affirm our children, and we see that all the time, four-yea-olds believing that they are another sex and the parent feeling like, ‘to be a loving parent I have to go along with this.’ BUT if we are anchored by the Word of God, then we better know how to handle these types of situations.”
Moms and dads, I believe God asks us to do HARD things. And in the case of gender identity, it is going to be much harder to point your child to the Truth of God’s creation and goodness than it is to give in to their feelings and just help them to be “happy.” This is a battle I pray that I will not have to fight, but if it does come to me, I will put on the full armor of God, and do my best to clothe my child in it as well. Because in my heart I know the BEST thing I can do for my child is to lovingly point him or her to Christ, time and time again, in any situation, and to the fact that He does tell us to lay down our very lives and desires for Him.
No matter what, I will stand by my child with love. But I’ll never tell them that something I know isn’t true, is.
What would you do if your child came to you confused about his or her gender identity?
Thanks to The Gospel Coalition and Jackie Hill Perry for this fantastic word.