May 16, 2019 | From the Christian Post
Imagine if tomorrow, a judge in the most liberal state in the country announced children no longer belong to their parents, they’re no longer under their parents’ authority. From henceforth, says the decree, kids belong to the state. Outraged parents would take to the streets! Angry and refusing to capitulate.
Well, that’s not how it goes. Instead, parental rights are taken a little at a time. The outrage is avoided, and the state usurpation of parents is largely non-controversial. The same desired results using this strategy are not only possible, but inevitable.
Allow me to illustrate. A few days ago, a judge in British Columbia issued a gag order against the father of a 14-year-old girl who identifies as a boy. Why a gag order? Because he referred to his daughter by her actual gender in public interviews.
British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Marzari also found the girl’s father guilty of “family violence” for going to the press after courts ordered that his daughter be allowed to start injections of male hormones. . . .
Last year an Ohio judge awarded custody of a transgender teen to her grandparents rather than her parents, because mom and dad didn’t support her transition.
But an even greater threat to parental rights in this country will probably come from legislatures. “Sexual orientation and gender identity,” or “SOGI” laws have already been enacted in twenty states, making these protected categories like race or religion. It sets the precedent for treating disagreement with gender ideology as a crime. Eventually, that could be the case even if the person you are disagreeing with is your child. Several states already have the legal mechanism in place to emancipate children from parents who don’t support their gender identification.
Bit by bit, parental rights are chipped away in the name of sexual ideologies, especially gender identity. And bit by bit, mom and dad are treated as mere trustees of the state, subject to revocation without notice.
Ideas matter. They can change how we collectively understand family, and parents, and even who kids belong to.
Pay close attention and take responsibility for your own state, your own county, your own city, and especially for your own kids. (Excerpted from the Christian Post, article by John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris.)
You can take a stand on the national level by praying about and opposing HR 5, the so-called “Equality Act of 2019” that will elevate the rights of LGBTQ at the expense of religious freedom.
Also, join our June First Friday Prayer Conference Call. Our guests are Christian Post reporter Brandon Showalter, who has been covering this disturbing trend for several years, and Anonymous, an IFA intercessor and Christian leader, whose daughter has embraced the LGBTQ agenda and is now transitioning to male. Call (712)775-7430 (no code needed), or join us on Facebook LIVE or Zoom webcast. For many years we have asked intercessors to pray, and fast, on the first Friday. If you have never added fasting to your First Friday prayer time, this is a good time to start. A father brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus for healing after the apostles had been unable to pray effectively for the son. Jesus delivered the boy and the apostles asked why they weren’t able to cast out the demon. Jesus answered, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” (Read the story in Mark 9.) What’s going on with sexuality and gender with our children warrants prayer and fasting! Do you find fasting too difficult? Subscribe to our email daily devotional series, a teaching by Derek Prince on how to fast successfully or listen to an hour teaching on the same subject.