My heart has been greatly troubled for the past few days because of what is happening in the UK. This is nothing to do with politics and our new prime minister. It is all to do with our educational system.
Last week the government made it compulsory for relationship education to be taught in primary schools. Sounds good i know but the catch is that this relationship education must include the teaching of LGBTQ and the need for kids as young as 5 years of age to learn about LGBTQ families; i.e that families can be made up of dad + dad, mum + mum. This is in addition to the normal family unit of dad + mum. This is a compulsory subject to be taught in all schools including faith schools.
Although the government has included a clause that says schools must also ensure that their teaching and materials are appropriate having regard to the age and religious backgrounds of pupils, it is widely known that Ofsted comes after schools that refuse to teach LGBTQ until they succeed in bullying them to compromise and oblige with this teaching.
It’s very important if you are a parent in the UK for you to understand the complexity of this lesson being taught in primary schools. Not all christian kids attend faith based schools. So really we are faced with a situation of us exposing our kids to teachings that contradict our belief.
Britain despite previously known as a christian country have decided that they no longer want to go by christian values and if that is what they want, OK. But in a developed country where freedom of religion is supposed to be recognised, i find it very troubling that my children and many others are being forced to accept something that is against the teachings of their faith.
As you can see in the above picture, chapter 6 of one of the books that will be used to teach this is titled Coming Out in Primary Schools. I find it appalling that children are being exposed to something of this nature this early.
I respect everyone and i teach my kids to do same. I will let you believe whatever you want to believe but i also expect same. As a parent i will teach my kids about the LGBTQ when i know they are ready and are able to understand it. This isn’t the role of the school.
I am not against this being introduced because like i said before i wouldn’t expect a non-christian nation to follow biblical values. But i expect to have the privilege of choice. I expect to be able to opt my children out from these kinds of teachings if i want to. I do not understand why there is an opt out choice for sex education but there is non for relationship education. I do not understand why it’s OK for LGBTQ community to publicly talk about their values and beliefs but when i do same, i am called bigotry. I do not understand why LGBTQ is being shoved down my throat. Just as not everyone accepts Jesus Christ and the values of Christianity and i am OK with that, so also everyone should not be expected to accept LGBTQ and the world should be OK with that.
I love everyone regardless of what they believe in or who they are but that does not mean i have to accept everything they do or say. I am a christian and i DO NOT believe in LGBTQ and my children are taught same. We should be allowed not to. I shouldn’t be tagged bigotry because i choose to practice my faith. It should be OK for people to stand for what they believe in. This rule should not favour everyone else except Christians. The LGBTQ community are doing exactly what they don’t like people doing to them. The aim of all of this to to push us to a corner where we no longer have a voice. Freedom of religion should be for all including Christians.
The Christian faith does not stand in the way of the LGBTQ community from living their lives. The LGBTQ community shouldn’t stand in the way of Christians from us living our lives and practicing our faith.
If you are a christian in the UK, this is not the time to stay silent. This is not the season to be indifferent about things. Yes we will and are praying. In addition to that, there is a petition going on for us to have a choice to opt our children out from these lessons if we want to. Please if you have the same conviction as i do regarding this matter, kindly sign this petition here . There is also a planned protest in London regarding this matter. For details concerning the protest, click here.
We need to voice our feelings, otherwise, it will be assumed that we are OK and very soon, more restrictions will be introduced concerning us practicing our faith freely. Don’t think this isn’t your business because you are not a parent. We are fighting to have a voice.
I also solicit for prayers regarding this matter. That God will give us wisdom on how to go about it. Please also pray for Christians all over the world. That we will not fall to the pressure from the world and we won’t not deny or compromise our faith.
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