Checking the daily news has gone straight from shocking to depressing. While watching the raging waters continue to rise and take its toll on Houston and the Gulf Coast has consumed the news, there are many other things happening in our nation even more dangerous and devastating. In 2007, just a few months before he passed away, James Faust, a religious leader made a statement that confused me.
“In the future,” he said, “the opposition will be both more subtle and more open. It will be masked in greater sophistication and cunning, but it will also be more blatant. We will need greater spirituality to perceive all of the forms of evil and greater strength to resist it.”
At the time I couldn’t understand how evil would be more blatant and yet more subtle. But now, just ten years later it so clear. More than ever we are being bombarded from all sides–some things we see openly with the violence, destruction, and sexual perversion. But some things we don’t see, or recognize as something that effects us, until its right in our face.
Today I was forwarded a story about a little girl in first grade who was sent the principals office for using the wrong pronoun with one of her fellow students. When she saw they boy on the playground she called his name and was reprimanded for calling him the wrong name and using the wrong pronoun.
The same school is still dealing with frustrated, angry parents over an incident involving a kindergarten teacher who exposed her class to a transgender reveal exercise. One of the students in the class arrived at school as a boy and then changed clothes and left identifying as a girl. The teacher then read two books to 5 year-old students that supported transgenderism–all without the parents’ knowledge.
The teacher said it was never her intention to harm any of the students, only to support them through the difficult situation, but parents felt betrayed. According to one parent the kindgergartners went home very confused over whether or not you can pick your gender and whether or not they really are a boy or a girl.
Through tears one mother expressed,”I want [my daughter] to learn from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and our family not from a book that is controversial.” Another mother said her daughter came home crying and shaking afraid that she could turn into a boy.
Other teachers came forward to defend the Kindergarten teacher expressing concerns that “heading in the direction of banned books or booklists or selected literature that should only be read inside or outside the classroom I think that’s a very dangerous direction to go.”
The school district said the books were age appropriate and fell within their literature selection policy, further stating transgender lesson topics didn’t need parental consent like sex education does.
It’s easy to say this has nothing to do with us because it happened in California and, after all, that’s where all crazy things happen right? The problem is, it’s happening everywhere–behind our backs and right under our noses. A few months ago a friend shared a story of her 10 year-old daughter. She came home very agitated and upset. When her mother asked her what was wrong she couldn’t believe what her daughter told her. The teacher had created a classroom library with “higher reading level.” That higher reading level included books with graphic violent and sexual content. My friend’s daughter came home upset because one of the boys in her class read an excerpt from one of the books to the other students, laughing about it. The excerpt the attempted rape of a 12 year-old girl.
When my friend approached her daughter’s teacher about it, the teacher dismissed her concerns. My friend had to take the issue all the way to the school board to get anything done about it. I don’t live in California. I live in Nebraska. This is happening everywhere!
I believe is the very reason the Lord put on my heart to hold the Mom’s March for America–to unite us together as mothers to stand for truth–even when it is inconvenient or unpopular. As mothers, we are the keepers of the culture. We set the standard for decency, civility and liberty in society; and society will only rise as high as the bar we set. It will go no further. It is time to raise that bar and raise it high! We need to band together as mothers and stand for truth and defend our divine rights as mothers to protect, teach and nurture our children.
We need to strengthen, support and encourage each other in the battles before us. Our nation is being destroyed from the inside out. We can’t fight it from the outside in and expect to win. There are forces seen and unseen trying to steal the hearts and minds of our children. We are the first and last line of defense. Mothers are the last best hope of America.
Alexis de Toqueville said, “Righteous women, in their circle of influence, beginning in the home, can turn the world around.”
No matter how bad things get, we can turn it around. It is time to move a nation. Together we can!