So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
I’ve been slow to write this piece because I just didn’t know how to compose it especially since the overturn of Roe v Wade. I started out to write about transgender problems. Then the Supreme Court made its ruling, and I started feeling overwhelmed with these somehow related topics.
I realized two things. One – As Christians we must speak to people involved with the greatest love we can just as Jesus did for us. Two – we need to have a greater, biblical understanding of sex.
Let’s start with understanding sex. If you read the Old Testament sections dealing with all the laws, both religious and civil, you’ll notice God gets especially angry over sex sins. The punishments are, in my opinion, worse than for anything else. Why?
The best book I’ve read regarding the role of sex in our lives and our relationship with God is Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. His explanation of how sex relates to God is this. God acts as both man and woman.
St. Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit provides feminine nurturing and “…makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Indeed, some languages use feminine pronouns when refencing the Holy Spirit. But make no mistake – God is definitely referred to throughout the Bible as male.
God has the overall male qualities of providing, protecting, setting rules and discipline.
Eldredge makes the argument, which I agree with, that God figuratively speaking split Himself in two when He created Adam and Eve. When a man and woman marry and have sex, God is symbolically reassembled, if you will. And having children this way is an act of creation.
When people have sex with a member of their own sex, animals, or whatever, they are symbolically telling God to screw Himself whether they realize it or not. Small wonder then, that God reserves the worst Old Testament punishments for sexual sins!
One of the biggest trends nowadays is sex reassignment, which is part of this whole “identifying” craze. Regardless of how one was made, one can choose to identify as male or female or something else. One can take things so far as to go through the extreme and very painful sex reassignment process. In short, the lie of this is that, if a man identifies as a woman, he can become a woman. And vice versa.
The truth is that a man cannot become a woman, nor a woman become a man. They simply go through a lot of pain to become disguised as the opposite sex. Walt Heyer compares it to putting on a Halloween costume. He was a man with a family and decided in1983 that he was actually a woman and went through it. After living as a woman for a while, he realized he made a mistake and reversed his surgeries as much as was possible. What he really needed all along was psychotherapy to deal with his problems.
The same goes for Keira Bell. She started her reassignment at age 16 with hormone blockers. She had her breasts removed at 20. All along she kept asking her therapist if this was the right thing to do. The therapist kept pushing her through her doubts instead of taking the hint that Keira might have another problem.
At 23, Keira finally hit the brakes after realizing she didn’t want to be a man. She just didn’t want to be herself after a lifetime of teasing and ridicule. Sex reassignment wasn’t the answer. Psychotherapy was needed to help her with her core issues! Her original therapist obviously had an agenda, and Keira is now suing her for this massive blunder!
Those were two lone stories about this issue back in 2020. It’s becoming a more visible issue now. I recently saw two articles over one weekend on the same topic.
Dialing Back Shocking Policies is about the U.S. barreling toward allowing more children with gender dysphoria to get medical intervention to affirm their new gender identities while several European countries have been ahead of the U.S. on this issue on pumping the brakes.
Some countries initially embraced puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children several years ago but are now taking a step back.
Sweden has been one of the most progressive nations on transgender health care for decades. Back in 1972, Sweden became the first country to allow transgender people to change their legal gender.
Last year though, Swedish hospitals halted the use of puberty blockers in five of the country’s six clinics for minors with gender dysphoria. The last clinic only uses puberty blockers in clinical trials. The country now emphasizes psychotherapy for minors with gender dysphoria instead.
In France, the country’s National Academy of Medicine warned medical professionals in a March press release that the spike in young people saying they want to medically transition genders may be due to social contagion and urged medical personnel to approach this issue with extreme caution.
“Whatever the mechanisms involved in adolescents – excessive engagement with social media, greater social acceptability, or influence by those in one’s social circle – this epidemic-like phenomenon manifests itself in the emergence of cases or even clusters of cases in the adolescents’ immediate surroundings,” read the Academy’s press release.
Finland has walked a similar path. In June 2020, Finland began deemphasizing medical treatment for children with gender dysphoria and recommended prioritized psychotherapy instead.
One recent report even suggested that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones in teens could actually increase the teen suicide rate, rather than decrease it as advocates claim.
In Detransitioned Teens Explain Why They Regret Changing Genders we hear from Chloe who laments, “I was failed by the system. I literally lost organs.” When Chloe was 12 years old, she decided she was transgender. At 13, she came out to her parents. That same year, she was put on puberty blockers and prescribed testosterone. At 15, she underwent a double mastectomy. Less than a year later, she realized she’d made a mistake — all by the time she was 16 years old.
Now 17, Chloe is one of a growing cohort called “detransitioners” — those who seek to reverse a gender transition, often after realizing they actually do identify with their biological sex. Tragically, many will struggle for the rest of their lives with the irreversible medical consequences of a decision they made as minors.
“My dysphoria was definitely triggered by this online community. I never thought about my gender or had a problem with being a girl before going on Tumblr.”
She said she felt political pressure to transition, too.“The community was very social justice-y. There was a lot of negativity around being a cis, heterosexual, white girl, and I took those messages really, really personally…I started being exposed to a lot of LGBT content and activism,” she said. “I saw how trans people online got an overwhelming amount of support, and the amount of praise they were getting really spoke to me because, at the time, I didn’t really have a lot of friends of my own.”
This is getting more coverage than when I first saw articles about this in 2020. I strongly recommend following all the links to the articles above and reading them in their entirety yourself!
Finally, whether you find yourself talking to someone who is homosexual or dealing with the question of sex reassignment, speak with love. Don’t hate. Don’t ridicule. Respond with Jesus’ love. Accept the person though not the sin. Just as Jesus would. Listen to understand, not to argue. If they ask what you think, know your Bible already and tell them what God intended when He created sex.
In all cases, speak with love!