I'm not trying to gang up on @Levi_Orangeburst, I'm actually trying to defend him.
This is true, and it is what my first post that I linked in my last post was meant to address. It is not a sin to suffer from a particular temptation that few others suffer from. To use a mundane example, Christian biologists suffer from temptations that people who never do that job may never see. Does that mean that they are particularly evil? No. Then why are people who suffer from this ostracized?
It has to do with politics. It has to do with how the church avoids persecution and promotes itself in America, and it has led to a lot of suffering and a lot of injustices.
Here's the problem: if your parents allow you to talk about homosexuality and transgenderism, or you are out in college out on your own, then me withholding information from you about it is also wrong. It leads to suffering not only for you, but all the people who suffer from it you may encounter. We also have an obligation to present the Gospel to these people. They are not exempt from God's kingdom. It helps to understand what you're up against in terms of sin so you don't trip over their emotions on the way in.
So if you want to know the truth about sheltering and homosexuality and the ugliness behind it, here's a summary. If you're a kid who is still living with your parents and they have sheltered you, this might be hard to read. So don't read it. It's a shocker.
puts flashlight under face and whispers It's all about politics. Or mostly about politics. Let me explain.
In America, politics is dictated by the majority vote, in large part. So the easiest way to get more votes is to have more people who vote for the "right" cause, i.e. Christian-aligned causes. Again, the church is looking to protect itself from persecution in America in order to support foreign missions. That's cool.
But how do we get more people to vote for Christian causes? We have heterosexual relationships that have more people as a source of new voters. And how do we ensure that they vote for the "right" cause? We shelter them. That's the ugly. Anti-abortion? If we don't abort people, we have more Christians. Why do you think we have such an investment in marriage and staying together and all of that, books churning off the presses? There are more marriage Christian books almost than the other ones. More people. More people to vote against persecution. Why are Christian women encouraged to be wives and mothers? Hehe, politics.
So we slam the homosexuals because they don't make more people. At least, not easily. We don't want our kids to be them, because they won't have good Christian children and vote for the anti-persecution cause. In fact, they will vote for the other side and bring persecution down on us! Aieeee! So we don't talk about that. If kids don't know about it, they won't do it and will vote against it.
Sheltering has nothing to do with the Gospel. Sheltering is political, aside from the early child development argument. But the early child development argument is "wait until you're older to see this, you're not ready for it because of your brain development", but sheltering parades around spiritual arguments that if kids see X media, their soul will be sold to the devil, that they will walk away from God and become gasp! a dreaded unbeliever. Never mind that they already are one until they accept the Gospel, which is their decision anyway. And what are good decisions based on? Information. Kids need more spiritual information, not less. I firmly and absolutely believe this, which should be absolutely no surprise. What have I been doing for the past 5 years? Giving you spiritual information.
The Gospel is powerful enough to save a child on its own. Giving a child more information about the evil they need to reject does not weaken the Gospel's power to save.
Children are commanded - get that? - to not let people despise them for their age. Children are to be guided, given information, disciplined. They do not need to be spiritually protected. If they believe the Gospel. they already have the power to fight their own battles - and win! And part of the information to win spiritual battles is information about the enemy and his tactics.
Kids come with sin natures and lies pre-installed. Good parenting is getting the pre-installed lies out, hopefully without adding any more. Obviously it's not perfect and the kid will probably have to remove a few as part of their own sanctification process, but a good parent is a good and helpful start.
It's spiritual insecurity on part of the parents, as well, that they don't want to go through the lie removal process or train their kid on how to do it themselves. The Gospel is powerful enough to overcome Satan's lies. The Gospel is powerful enough for spiritual battle. A 5-year-old with the Holy Spirit can spiritually battle an unbelieving adult and win. A farmer with the Holy Spirit is more powerful than the mightiest king in the world. All that king can do is just kill him, and he's going to heaven, he'll be back in the Millennium and he'll be king over the very land that guy was the ruler of.
It's the unbelievers that actually need to be sheltered. They are the ones who can't take information that contradicts the lies they believe. So why are Christians notorious for this?
Because while the Gospel is powerful enough to save people and empower them for spiritual battles, it's not powerful enough to convince you to vote for the right political party, and "do the right thing" by deciding to get married and have kids. Don't evangelize the adults because they might vote for the persecutors and we most certainly don't want anyone to challenge our political beliefs that might actually be at odds with the Gospel. Oh, and we'll just kill all the transgender people and the homosexuals with suicide by outlawing their temptations and struggles (or forcing them to be in hetero relationships where they may be miserable), and then everything will be just fine and we'll have our little Christian baby factory.
Miss_S is NOT impressed, let me tell you!
This political agenda is sinful in all sorts of wrong ways. It encourages lust. It turns women into reproduction machines instead of human beings. And it is something that the church isn't supposed to do. The church isn't supposed to enlist unbeliever politicians to fight our spiritual battles for us. We're more than powerful enough. We should be taking the fight to the enemy ourselves!
And the Gospel is for everyone. People who suffer from homosexuality and transgender need the power to overcome that temptation. They need the Gospel more than ever. You want to deny that to them? Count me out. They can't accept the Gospel if they are dead from suicide either. Ignore adult evangelism in favor of birthing? We've got enough trouble evangelizing the people who are already alive, and you're sitting around playing checkers with your girlfriend in some delusional utopia. Get real.
So yeah. Sheltering makes me angry. It's not any sort of spiritual protection, it's teaching kids to subscribe to a nasty set of political lies. That's the agenda, and that's why the homosexuals are swept under the rug and we don't talk about them.
That's the truth, children. Now make sure to vote the right way when you're 18 like everyone else.
Real evil. But it must be challenged in the right way, in accordance with God's commands. We cannot blame the victims of this philosophy for what has happened to them or entice them to sin. That is the twisted nature of the thing. They are not sinning by viewing the media, but they are sinning by disobeying their parents. This media is sinful! It's sinful because you forbid it, because you made it that way for your kid. It's just information about the sin nature, the thing that the Gospel overcomes.
But again, this is just my perspective. I'm not a mom. Maybe if I was one, my perspective would change. I doubt it. Also, if you read the summary, don't get angry at your parents. They were trying to do what was best for you, and they are not worthy of condemnation for not being versed in politics or theology. Cut them some slack. They are, like you, only human.
So yeah, if I had my way I would actually unshelter everyone and train them for spiritual warfare. But I'm an unsheltered abuse victim, so what do I know about parenting? Negative two. If I ever have a kid, it will probably be a scared one who needs sheltering and hides behind Mommy, instead of the bold fighter that I was. That is why I have deferred to the rules and the consortium of parents in submission. And obviously, if you have a dispute with the summary, call me on it. You probably have a point. (But maybe use a summary of your own or take it to chess or other means so we don't bother poor @Iliara_Mustardtop anymore than she's already going to be when she sees this.)