Season: 7 Episode: 095
Research shows that 1/3 of Gen Z and millennials are on track to struggle with their sexuality. Phoenix Hayes shares her own personal experience with a loved one struggling with gender identity and how the church needs to approach these conversations in culture. Before we do that, we must understand the struggle with identity and be equipped to handle the depth of the current crisis in culture.
“An identity crisis is created when there’s misplaced value on humanity.”
“This current identity crisis is not a delusion. People are thinking about what they’re doing.”
“People want to attach their identity to something concrete. As a result, they unknowingly create an identity crisis.”
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Tell us why and how you got into apologetics.
So, we are talking about a heavy topic today and one I wouldn’t have thought of speaking into just 5 years ago. Tell us about your own experience with loved ones and the transgender movement.
Moreover, you said the trans movement has a lot to do with identity, not the mind. That fascinates me. Will you explain?
Response: The acceptance of gender dysphoria within culture has caused those struggling with their identity to attach their identity to something concrete. Because this is thought out and strategic, gender dysphoria today is more of an identity crisis than it is a mental illness. In the past, gender dysphoria was diagnosed and treated as such, but with the widespread acceptance in the 21st century, identity is the prominent issue.
Nancy Pearcy discusses this issue in her book “Love Thy Body”. She said trans activists detach gender from biology. Consequently, children as young as 5 are learning their body is irrelevant to their authentic self. What psychological affects will this have on children now and society in the future?
How can parents handle this at home and protect their children from the confusion this may cause from the public education system?
Tips: Parents need to remember they are the first line of defense when it comes to ideologies bombarding their children. If lines of communication between parent and child are open an honest, the child will feel their parents are a soft place to land. If parents get angry or respond in a way that shuts down the conversation, the child will not feel comfortable having these conversations an will go somewhere else to find affirmation.
Finally, do Christians need to speak into these conversions today and if so, how do we do that?