The government’s staggering overreach last Friday smacks more of colonial tyranny than anything I can remember. Parents are rightly outraged, but what can we do?
My BreakPoint colleague, John Stonestreet, and I are both dads. In fact, we are both dads of daughters. Thus, Friday’s bathroom edict from the Obama Administration hit particularly close to home, since it is girls like our daughters that are the most vulnerable.But what can we do?
As we like to say at the Colson Center, outrage is not a strategy. So I’d like to propose five things.First,
as John said on Monday, we have to understand the issue. This is a biggie, folks, on a number of levels: government overreach and ideological extortion, denial of biological realities, equivocation with civil rights, and on and on. At BreakPoint.org, we’ve compiled the best resources we could find to explain the gravity of this staggering exercise in government tyranny.Second,
we have to speak out. As American citizens, we should contact our state leaders and encourage them not to allow this blatant violation of state sovereignty—which it is—to go unchecked. As parents, we should contact our school boards and principals, and demand to know how they plan to protect all the children in the school in light of this edict.Third,
it’s time to talk to your children about the transgender
issues. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. And none of us thought we’d have to add
this to our plan in raising our children, but at times, our culture
leaves us no choice. We all need to have “the talk” with our children,
and today “the talk” includes not only the birds and the bees, but also
gender, identity, marriage, and how to hold convictions about these
things with courage, grace, and truth.
If you don’t talk to your children about these things, someone else—the media, the schools, the government, their peers—will.
And there’s a lot to cover. Happily, there’s a new resource hot off
the press, and it couldn’t be more timely. John Stonestreet, along with
our partners at AXIS and Sean McDowell have produced a “Family
Conversation Kit” on gender, sex, and marriage.
This four-part series includes video teaching, with examples from
popular culture to discuss with your kids, and tons of resources to look
at together. And it offers something absolutely necessary, a clear
description of God’s created intent for us as image-bearers, male and
female, and how that enables His vision for sex and marriage.
Come to BreakPoint.org/gender,
and we’ll tell you how you can purchase this digital download—it’s
worth every penny, trust me. It will set the stage for the conversation
you must have with your kids. It is great for schools, small groups, and youth groups, too.
Fourth, Christians need to be clear on who the enemy is not. Many
gender-confused school children are themselves the victims of very bad
ideas. They’re being misled by those who would advance theories and
policies that deny observable biological realities. Ideas have
consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Your family, your church, and
your Christian community may be called upon to do victim care. Develop a
And finally, parents need to seriously consider alternative
educational options. My family has chosen private education, and John’s
family homeschools. Some families may feel they have no choice but to
send their kids to public schools, and I get that. But there are more
options than ever when it comes to educational alternatives. A line in
the sand has been crossed, folks. Christian parents need to investigate
other options. And churches need to jump in the process too, innovating
opportunities for those families currently unable to take advantage of
So come to BreakPoint.org. We’ve got lots of resources there to help, and remember, at BreakPoint.org/gender we have information on the Family Conversation Kit on gender, sex, and marriage.
Further Reading and Information
Five Things You Can Do about Transgender Restrooms: Speak out, Take Action
Download the Family Conversation Kit
today, and get the tools you need to start those dialogs with family,
friends and co-workers. As Eric said, it's important that we engage with
others and discuss the issues that are relevant and timely in our
culture. Check out the links below for more resources.
Eric Metaxas - published: May 19, 2016
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