What is transgender?
Just this week, the Trump Administration has announced a reversal of a policy that allowed transgender people to serve in the military.
The term “transgender” has appeared more often in recent years causing government, businesses, and individuals to have to figure out what it means and how to react to it.
In order to understand the transgender movement, we have to understand the new definition of gender. “Gender” used to be a synonym for a person’s biological sex or to put it another way-what is listed on your birth certificate.
The contemporary definition of gender as Merriam-Webster has added to their definition is “the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex.” In other words, it doesn’t matter what you physically are. Gender is now what you feel like you are on the inside.
Transgender people are those who believe their gender does not match their biological sex.
I will note that transgender is different than intersex. An intersex person is someone who has been born as a combination male/female. This is a biological condition and is not the same as transgender.
With this shift in society, Christians are left wondering how to respond.
In this moment of hesitation, let us remember to stand for Biblical values. The longer we wait, the more ground the devil is taking.
Transgender poses many dilemmas for the Christian:
1. It Disregards God’s Sovereignty
The Bible tells us that God created us as male and female.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” – Genesis 1:27
When someone wants to identify as a different gender than they are biologically, they are disregarding and even defying God’s plan and design. God has a distinct plan and purpose for every person’s life that was known before they were even born.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
People who are transgender are resisting God’s sovereignty and authority in their lives. They are saying, “God got it wrong, and I know better.”
2. It Can Be a Danger to our Safety
Let me be clear, transgender is not the danger. Society’s attempts at accommodation of transgender is the danger.
In an effort to accommodate those who identify as transgender, many businesses and even governments and public agencies have allowed people to use the restroom, locker room, or dressing room of the gender that they identify with. In many cases there does not have to be any documentation stating that they are transgender.
Target is one of the biggest retailers to adopt this policy, and since then, many reports have come in about men filming ladies changing in the ladies dressing rooms, yet Target has refused to alter their policy.
Public schools have instituted policies like this and have had many complaints of students who are uncomfortable changing for their PE classes or sports practices with members of the opposite sex. The school boards are saying that they are trying to accommodate everyone, but they ostracize the vast majority in an attempt to accommodate the few.
Are we going to let our children’s safety be jeopardized for something with which the Bible clearly disagrees?
Jesus’ message was not acceptance or tolerance. His primary message in Scripture was repentance.
Christians need to stand up for what the Bible teaches about gender. We need to speak the truth in love and remember that people who are transgender are just that-people. We are still supposed to love them and treat them with the same respect that we would anyone else. We do not have to approve of their lifestyle, but we should not hate them. Remember, they are still sinners who are in need of a Savior just as we all are.
What can we do?
1. Check with businesses and agencies that you interact with
Check to see if your child’s school district has adopted any policies regarding transgender students. Does your local retail store allow transgender people to use the restroom or changing room of their choice? These policies can directly affect you and your family.
2. Speak Up
The American Family Association has lots of information regarding Target and their transgender policies as well as information on how to contact them. The same plan can be used for other organizations as well. Make it a priority to attend a school board meeting or send a letter to a corporate office respectfully letting your opinion be known.
You might even want to look into running for school board yourself. We need more Christians in elected positions. For more information about reaching out to your leaders, check out my previous post 3 Encouragements for your Elected Leaders.
3. Be a light to our society
Our society is searching for answers in utter darkness. As Christians, we are to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). Share the Gospel with others. Dr. Paul Chappell noted in his book A Firm Foundation: “Soulwinning is the most effective thing you can do to impact the world in which your children live.” The only way we will change our society is through the power of the Gospel saving people from their sins and changing their lives. What have you done today to draw yourself and others closer to God?
If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Savior, you can learn more about that and the power of the Gospel in your life.
As society changes and transgender becomes more of an issue, let us remember:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” – Ephesians 4:14-15 [emphasis mine]
It is our job to stand for truth and doctrine and speak the truth in love.
Matthew Brown is a law student at the University of Akron School of Law. He has a passion for religious liberty and constitutional law and a desire to see the nation strengthened through strong Christian churches, Christian families, and Christian individuals. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MattBrown1575.
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