If there was ever a time in history to teach your children about these important terms it’s now. I was watching the Kansas City Chiefs the other day and noticed a commercial that was so insane and weird that I couldn’t forget it. It was a commercial for Uber Eats. In the commercial the well-known gymnast Simone Biles does several flips across the gym mat then tells us what she wants to eat. After that a man enters Jonathan Van Ness. He is dressed in the same leotard as Simone Biles and flips across the stage and says in a feminine voice that he wants the same to eat as Simone. She looks at him and asks if he is wearing her leotard, to which he answers in a very strange feminine voice that he is. Apparently, Van Ness identifies as non-binary, but uses the pronouns he/him.1
Interestingly, the commercial made me lose my appetite, not want to order food. I couldn’t help but sit there and wonder how many families were watching the football game with their children who were exposed to this. I happened to have my 8 year-old son sitting next to me when the commercial came on. I had to have a clarifying conversation with my son about how men should never act like that. Deuteronomy 22:5 says, “A woman shall not wear a man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.” The commercial is not funny. That kind of thing is an abomination to God. Clearly teach your children that this is the behavior of lost people who desperately need the gospel. One Million Moms came out with a statement regarding this commercial not long ago saying, “Instead of making audiences lose their appetite by glamorizing a LGBTQ lifestyle, Uber Eats should focus on what it does and remain neutral on controversial issues.” While I share the same sentiment that they (Uber Eats) should just stick to food, it seems as though it is now commonplace for large companies to all take a stand for the LGBTQ community. As they continue to do this, you and your children will be exposed to more and more of this type of advertising.
It’s not just advertising… It’s everywhere in pop culture. The singer/songwriter Harry Styles was recently featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine.2 On the cover Styles wears a dress. Styles frequently paints his fingernails, dresses in feminine clothing and wears make-up. Our culture is blurring all the lines between maleness and femaleness. Styles has a huge following among young people. Make sure that your child is not one of them. “Gender fluidity,” along with the transgender movement have also gained steam among actor’s and actresses with huge platforms. Recently the actress Ellen Page has now decided that she is a male. She now wants to be called Eliott Page.3 As the world continues to move further and further into the oblivion of relativism, our families should stand out as a true light of God’s Word and proof positive of the redeeming truths in the gospel. Van Ness, Styles, Page and you and I are all sexually broken people. Whether it is lust in our thought life (Matt. 5:27), or worse, we need the love, grace and reconciliation that comes through becoming a child of Jesus (Jn. 1:12). We need to pray for these lost souls, and be vigilant to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians! We must hold fast to Jesus words in Matthew 19:4, And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female.” These lines should not be blurred but celebrated as the perfect plan of God.