John Stonestreet on Affirming Gender Dysphoria and the Invisible Victims of Political Correctness

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 a strange sort of way, a recent Sky News story reminded me of Luke 11. That’s where Jesus asks whether, if your child asked for a fish, you’d give them a snake? Or if they asked for an egg, would you hand them a scorpion?

Here’s the article’s headline: “Hundreds of young trans people seeking help to return to original sex.” The story featured a woman who, after publicly admitting regret over her so-called “surgical transition,” was contacted by hundreds of people in her part of England who felt the same way.

One of those people, “Ruby,” also struggled with eating disorders. One would think that the combination of gender dysphoria and eating disorders would suggest to medical professionals that Ruby was suffering from body image issues. But, as she told Sky News, the doctors never even suggested there might be a connection there worth exploring.

Instead, it was “Here’s your hormones, here’s your surgery, off you go.” Or, to borrow Jesus’ words, “Here’s your scorpion, here’s your snake.”

This story is far from uncommon. Young people in emotional pain and distress are asking adults for help. But, because of our ideological blind spots, we give them serpents and scorpions instead of what they really need.

Just consider the name given to a new children’s pediatric clinic at Akron Children’s Hospital: “Center for Gender Affirming Medicine.” Since the fundamental connection between gender and biological reality has already been severed by our ideological commitments, it’s safe to assume that doctors there will “affirm,” both in their diagnoses and with their prescribed treatments, whatever gender a child claims they are.

But what about the Rubys of the world? What about the hundreds of people in that one part of England who were given the wrong treatment for their psychological issues? They are victims of our bad ideas, and our blind spots. Too often, they are forced to be invisible victims, ignored because their very existence challenges the new sexual orthodoxy.

Many physicians today simply ignore that up to 80 percent of the children who suffer from gender dysphoria will eventually outgrow those feelings. Even worse, they fail to connect the dots between gender dysphoria and potentially serious mental illnesses that often accompany it—like depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Or, in Ruby’s case, a severe eating disorder.

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Source: Christian Headlines