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Conventional Thinking: Transgender aftershock

After the cultural shockwaves sent from the transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner and the Obama White House transgender bathroom decree to public schools, we are now starting to assess the collateral damage from the transgender revolution.

The results are not pretty. News was recently reported that “gender confirmation surgeries rose 19 percent in 2016 from the previous year, a survey of plastic surgeons said, an increase some doctors attribute to expanded Medicare coverage and greater social acceptance of transgender people.”

That adds up to thousands of surgeries people in this nation are undergoing (sometimes at taxpayer expense), attempting to go from one sex to the other. Of the “reported 3,256 surgeries… 54 percent were performed on male-to-female patients, or transgender women, and the remainder on female-to-male patients, or transgender men.”

If you were to show these statistics to the average American 10 years ago, they would most likely be in disbelief. If you were to show these statistics to the average American 50 years ago, they would have thought you were speaking of science fiction.

This is, however, the reality of the world in which we live. The transgender revolution is in full bloom in America, and it’s up to Christians to help people and society through it. To do so, we need to demonstrate the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

// Show grace

For too long, Christians lacked grace in our approach to people living outside the biblical standards of sexuality. For example, to our discredit, we often made homosexuals and people confused about their sexual identity the victim of our puns and jokes. In the example of Christ, however, we see that He does not berate and humiliate sinners, nor does He gloss over sin.

When speaking to the woman at the well in John 4, Jesus confronted her sexual sin of cohabitation and fornication, and He pointed her to the living water and a new way of life. When dealing with people who are confused about their sexuality, Christians must demonstrate conviction but with great humility, knowing each one of us is guilty of, and vulnerable to, sexual sin.

// Speak truth

Southern Baptist blogger Trevin Wax brilliantly points out one fallacy of the transgender revolution’s ideology. If a person is born a male but feels like a female in their mind, why should we assume that their body must change to fit their (current) mindset, instead of redirecting the mind to fit the body?

In the case of the people who have taken surgical steps to attempt to make a transition from male to female (or vice versa), they have taken a drastic, and sometimes irreversible, step. Meanwhile, it has been proven that many people, including teens, at one time felt confusion about their sexuality but overcame it later.

Rising above these particular points, we understand from God’s Word that God-given sexual identity is permanent, and there really are only two created categories—male and female. And God doesn’t make mistakes. These are points of truth we must communicate as the church.

One thing we know is that sin can never satisfy, and the lies of the enemy do not stand. When the transgender revolution ultimately falls beneath its own weight and leaves wrecked lives in the wake, it is the duty and calling of the church to share the redeeming Gospel with these, our neighbors, so they too may know firsthand the grace and truth of our Lord.

Brian Hobbs

Author: Brian Hobbs

Brian is editor of The Baptist Messenger.

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  • K.N. Listman

    Christians have become obsessed with having sexually attractive appearances to their own detriment, and to the confusion of the world that they should be witnessing to. The very fact that a man can look much more feminine than me means that attention to a sexually attractive appearance is deceptive, as described in Proverbs 31:30. Yet, I still frequently hear people praised in church because of this, particularly pastors bragging about God gave them a cute/ beautiful wife. Do they realize they are bragging about deception and vanity?

    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

    What about those infants with apparent genitalia from one gender that grow to have the secondary physical characteristics of the other, or those with ambiguous genitalia? For a very few people, gender is not clearly identifiable. This has been documented for millennia, and just recently it has been treatable as medical condition. Some of the most common chromosomal defects involve the X and Y chromosomes. People with these defects may exhibit some characteristics of the opposite gender and often are infertile.

    This is also discussed in the Bible.

    “For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” Matthew 19:12

    God made humans male and female. But being either male or female is not a strict binary like turning a light switch on or off. God did not make all males equally male, nor are all females equally female. No one is born without flaws. That is perhaps why after Isaiah’s chapter on the suffering of the Messiah to pay for sin, he proclaimed the LORD’s promises using the imagery of those who failed to fulfill the requirements of their gender.

    “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:1

    • kwalto

      I agree with your well reasoned response. It is time to love all people to Christ. Allow Him to work in their lives and stop rushing to judgement.

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