The cover story for the February 16, 2019, edition of World Magazine is entitled, “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria.” It seems that there is a lot of social pressure on teens these days to translate their normal discomfort with their bodies as a sure indication that they are really transgendered. And many teens, especially young ladies in clusters, are opting for life changing cross-sex hormone treatments and even gender reassignment surgery. The consequences for cross-sex hormone treatment on teenagers not fully known yet and of course surgical changes have lifelong consequences.
Hacsi Horvath, a lecturer in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, tried to live as a woman for 13 years before he stopped taking estrogen in 2013 and, in his own words, “very rapidly came to his senses.” He wrestles with anger but says, “I am far angrier that thousands of young people are being irreversibly altered and sterilized as they are inducted into a drug-dependent and medically maimed lifestyle.” He says that he hopes to spare others the inward bruise and deep harm that he suffered.
We have opened Pandora’s box on the issues of sex and gender and many a being devastated with life altering choices made as teenagers. We have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind.
Of course, “They sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” is a biblical proverb coming from the book of Hosea. We will read it today.
Pray: The Lord has given us His Word to teach, rebuke, correct and train us (II Tim. 3:16). Ask Him to address His the words of Hosea to your heart and life today.
Read: Hosea 4-8
Meditate: Our meditation on Hosea this week will take us into the Lord’s indictment against His people and His promise of severe punishment. It is a sobering portion of Scripture, but not without a hint of hope in a call to repentance.