The media stories that have been overwhelming my news feeds lately have dealt with the transition of the traditional family. They have covered the current dogma of the fluidity of gender, the worldly view of traditional parental roles that are seen as archaic, the insubordination of childrens’ needs to those of adults, and everything in between. The traditional family, as is now being defined, is no longer important, only hedonistic tendencies geared toward personal satisfaction.
These are not the things I want my children taught about the holy institution of the family. I recognize families don’t all look the same but I want the absolute best for my children so I will always encourage them to reach for the ideal. This ideal, in our family, is a loving husband & wife with children in their home. But how long will I be given the freedom to teach them these ideals?
Business owners are being persecuted for standing up for these beliefs and told that their religion needs to be checked at the door, that it is no longer welcome in the public sector. Churches are folding to the pressure and allowing the definition of family to be mutated into a public creation rather than a divine one. Schools are adapting to the latest mainstream ideas and assimilating them into curriculum.
What happens now when I want to dissent? What happens when I stand up and say, “That’s how society does things but that’s not how we do things in our family,” and then my children take those things into a public sphere? Will they be ridiculed? Or worse, will we be forced to cease those teachings in our own home? Right now those basic human rights seem protected, but there are many losses to freedom that have occurred in the past decade that I would never have imagined. What will happen in the next ten?
I want my sons to know that my greatest wish for them would be to become husbands and fathers someday. And I want my daughter to know the greatest joy I have in life is being a wife and mother and that I earnestly hope she has the same honor someday. I want my children to know that marriage may be defined by societies and cultures another way but that in our family it is between one man & one woman, a husband & a wife.
In other words I want them to know that a woman cannot be a wife without a husband and a man cannot be a husband without a wife. This is not meant to demean others and their lifestyle choices. These are basic designations that have become confused in the world and that make this difficult life even more confusing to navigate because of unclear definitions.
Just as I teach them in clear terms about their gender and what it means to be a boy or a girl, I want to teach them what it means to be a husband or wife. How long before I, as a mother in my own home, am sentenced by law to attend “sensitivity training” or “diversity training” just as many in a business sector have been for trying to proclaim similar things? I believe the end of all basic human rights will be when I am legislated regarding what I can teach in my own home. Ten years ago I would have said that was a ludicrous suggestion. In current political climates around the world I am afraid it is not so unimaginable. And that is not a world I want to imagine at all.