UPDATE: Library coordinator has since apologised for displaying this book in the Junior Area and acknowledged the book was incorrectly labeled as a Junior item and should not have been displayed in the children’s area. The library have corrected the labeling of all copies of the book to ensure the book is located in the Adult Non-Fiction section in future.
Queensland’s North Lakes Library attracted numerous children during the holidays. The library hosted a variety of events over the Christmas period specifically targeting youngsters.
During this time, the library thought it would be a good opportunity to promote LGBTQ Pride to their young readers.
Featured in the junior’s non-fiction section, the North Lakes Library prominently displayed a children’s book titled, Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community, a publication which promises to answer questions like, “What exactly are we celebrating on Pride Day? How did this event come to be? And what does Pride mean to people who celebrate it?”
The book includes chapters such as, “Gay is Good,” “LGBTT2SQQIAA… Understanding the Queer Alphabet,” and “Performing Gender: Drag Queens and Drag Kings.”
It seems everywhere we look people are trying to indoctrinate our children with an unbiblical, non-Christian sexuality. From kid’s television shows, to sex-education in the class room, it’s getting harder for youngsters to avoid it.
So, how should parents respond to a world that insists on inundating young children with LGBTQ sexuality? One great suggestion comes from Seth Stewart over at the Gospel Coalition.
Stewart points out that our relationships, and in particular marriage, isn’t ultimately about our “love” for our spouse, but rather, it’s about Christ’s love for his bride.
If you’ve ever attended a church wedding you’ve probably heard somebody cite Ephesians 5:31-32. It’s there that Paul echos Jesus, who echos Genesis, which says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
This is the Christian definition of marriage, a definition which Paul goes on to explain: “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.”
So, what’s the point? Stewart goes on to suggest, “if the world believes our children are sophisticated enough to understand the realities of modern ‘love’, let’s one-up them. Let’s show them our kids are capable of understanding the truth of an ancient, eternal love–that marriage isn’t only our response to another’s love, but ultimately a response to our Savior’s sacrificial love.”
John Flavel once said, “if you neglect to instruct your children in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No; if you will not teach them to pray, he will teach them to curse, swear, and lie; if ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring.”
The world is eager to indoctrinate our kids. Let’s not allow our own parental apathy to grant them success by default.