|It would seem that the zeitgeist can’t keep its story straight. On any given day, it is hard to know whether individuality is the most important thing or whether conforming to the norms of the tribe is where it’s at. Contrasting two pieces of news on any given week could melt your brain. |
Here’s an example:
Exhibit A: You do you. A UK hospital recently denied a woman’s claim that she had been raped while she was a patient there. The hospital said it was impossible since the ward was only for females. But can our culture even say what a woman is? A company which makes sanitary products recently referred to women as “bleeders.” However, that definition might not include champion collegiate swimmer, Lia Thomas. In addition, a former head coach for Division 1 swimming had a message of consolation for women who are losing to male competitors: “Victories come in more forms than standing on the podium.” Wait, maybe she is referring to the satisfaction that women have in being wives and mothers? So “woman” is whatever you want it to be.
Exhibit B: Join the collective. CityJournal is reporting on the worrying trajectory of the medical accreditation body called the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME is pushing to make sure that medical schools include “social justice” as part of med school curriculum. So, we can rest assured that our next generation of doctors will be diverse and inclusive. Hopefully they will also know something about medicine!
Martin Gurri points out that in trying to embrace both “radical individualism” as well as uncompromising tribalism, the whole “cult of identity” is inherently unstable. Not only does this new religion want to deny the existence of reality in the world as God created it, but as one writer put it they also “deny the reality of existence.” Put plainly we do not want to be creatures – we want to be our own gods.
When men will not glorify God and are ungrateful, St Paul wrote to the Romans, they become futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts are darkened. This seems to describe our age. But we know where to find the light, and we can share the truth with the lost and confused, the fearful and the rebel. Pray for our nation, for our educational institutions, our leaders and those in places of authority. The task is great but our Savior is greater!
In some brighter news, social media was filled with stories of people who have de-transitioned from their confusion and embraced the body God gave them.