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As I (and seventeen million others) recently watched Diane Sawyer interview Bruce Jenner about his journey from being a male, Olympian, gold medalist to a woman, I said to myself “This will open the floodgates.” President Barack Obama’s tweet (“You go, girl!”), and his Vanity Fair cover story (“Call Me Caitlyn”) seemed to be a dark harbinger of things to come. But, I was wrong. As I looked further, I came to the realization that the gateway had been blasted open long before the Jenner interview.
According to a recent article in the weekly entertainment trade magazine Variety, transgender (which includes people who are born male but think of themselves as female, or vice versa), is the proverbial “new black” in Hollywood. Transgender is in. Who can dispute that? Jennifer LeClair pointed out:
And there is so much more.
People are falling over themselves to congratulate Jenner and others on their “courage” in making their transition, and profess pleasure in seeing folks like Jenner finally finding the happiness that has always eluded them.
Jenner said he is attracted to women and always has been, and yet, (as of now) will maintain his male sexual organs, even though he has recently gone through surgical procedures to enhance and replicate (partially) the female anatomy. How can one in such a state of abject confusion be contented?
It was God who created and assigned gender at birth (Gen.1:27; 1 Cor. 11:12) guided the intrauterine process (Psa.139:13-16; Jer. 1:5), honors gender differences (Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14), and calls on us to conform our minds and actions towards holy living (1 Pet. 1:13-16; 4:1-3; Rom. 9:20). Gender does not evolve, nor is it determined by self, or by society.
While people contort to pat themselves on the back for what they consider their open and accepting attitude towards transgenders, supporting a human remedy as a cure for the utter brokenness of the human condition, we must remember something: it doesn’t work. To encourage and herald choices that ultimately lead to disappointment and destruction, is the most unloving and damaging thing a person, especially a Christian can do. The answer to genuine confusion is not to modify the externals, but to seek God’s mercy and grace for the inner change that is truly needed.
Franklin Graham recently wrote “No man-made modification can fix what’s wrong with the heart. Only God can fix the human heart. If we ask for His forgiveness and accept by faith His Son, Jesus Christ, He will wipe the slate clean.” And give us the peace we so desperately seek.
As Satan continues to strategically push his agenda to drive an impregnable wedge of destruction between God and people, the church must seek to reflect the kindness of Christ. Kindness that reaches out to all broken, imprisoned, confused and hopeless men and women with true love, and a message of real hope and help. Though we are demonized by a culture that bows to another deity, may the true God grant us his grace, so that we can courageously and compassionately share the truth to all who struggle with dysfunction.
They, like we, need a Savior.