John Stonestreet is President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and radio host of BreakPoint, a daily national radio program providing thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview.
In the novel “Bleak House,” Charles Dickens introduces us to Harold Skimpole, a man who seems charming and reasonable but is quickly revealed to be a mooch and a parasite. Skimpole lives comfortably off of his friends. Even worse, he believes he’s entitled to the standard of living his friends provide, giving no thought at all to what it took to make his life comfortable in the first place.
Western culture is Skimpole-like. In other words, we take ideas such as freedom and human dignity for granted, without ever stopping to think about where those ideas came from in the first place.
Just ask Dr. David Mackereth who, for 26 years, worked for Britain’s National Health Service, mostly in Accident and Emergency wards. By all accounts, he was an excellent doctor.
In 2018, Mackereth was assigned to Britain’s Department for Work and Pensions as a disability assessor. During his training, a senior employee told Mackereth and others they should always address transgender people by their preferred pronoun, “in line with the department’s policy.”
When Mackereth told the senior employee that, as a Christian, he could not, “in good conscience,” use pronouns that way, he was informed that if he refused to follow the policy, he was at risk of losing his job. A few days later, when he reiterated that he couldn’t follow the policy in good conscience, he was fired.
Mackereth appealed his sacking to an employment tribunal, saying that his rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion had been violated. He told the panel that for religious reasons he could not refer to “any six-foot tall bearded man” as a “she” or a “her.”
He then cited Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Given the state of British culture right now, it’s not surprising that Mackereth lost his appeal. What is surprising is just how full-Skimpole-like the tribunal went in its ruling.
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Source: Christian Headlines