I think the name of a woman named Michelle Zacchigna who lives in Orillia, Ontario, will become a subject of discussion for years to come. If you don’t know who she is presently, join the crowd. This past November, she filed a lawsuit against eight health professionals, including doctors, psychologists, a psychotherapist and a counsellor for failing to challenge her desire to go through irreversible transgender surgery to make her a man. She has since changed her mind about her surgery, and contends that none of those who treated her told her not to go through with it.
If her story makes you wonder where our world is heading to, you are welcome once again to join the crowd. On the one hand, our federal government here in Canada has criminalized anyone counselling against an individual wanting to be “gender diverse”. On the other hand, those who have gone through such facile acceptance of a sinful lifestyle have been called to task for not challenging the decisions made when an individual contravenes the natural laws of God. I read in Scripture that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). I am reminded by the prophet Isaiah that the problem is that we have begun to call right wrong and wrong right (Isaiah 5:20-22), and we have failed to stand up to challenge the progression of sin as it deceives and twists those around whom it has a grip. I remember a friend who had been miraculously rescued from entering an abortion clinic when she was 17 and shamefully pregnant. “The police patrolling the clinic were arresting the ladies who gently tried to ask me to reconsider my choice,” she said. “I don’t understand why they were challenging those doing what is right rather than the foolish choice I was about to make.” That is a good question. I grieve deeply for the Michelles of our world, not because they regret what they have done but because we live in a world that challenges those who challenge the progression of sin. May we be ever so vigilant to speak truth in grace. May we be ever courageous to stand against the tide of sin. And may God grant us a sobriety of spirit in a world drunk with evil.