Our family loves watching competitions together (especially in the baking, cooking, and music fields). My daughter and I feel inspired to learn new baking techniques, explore exotic flavors, and venture into recipes we weren’t brave enough to try before. Everyone enjoys listening to talented musicians show off their vocal abilities, although no one in our family has the ability or aspiration to follow in their footsteps. Overall, we see the uplifting value of this form of entertainment. For the most part….
A few years ago, we would watch The Voice singing competition. The worst offense we had to guard against was excessive cleavage from the judges, and we eventually decided it wasn’t worth it. This year, I noticed that Kelly Clarkson would be replacing the chair otherwise ruled by Gwen, Miley, or Christina. I even told my mom, “Maybe they are trying to bring some class back to the show.”
We watched the first week and were glad the judges didn’t feel the need to flaunt all their body parts or use excessive foul language to get their point across. Sadly, that perspective wasn’t the only one NBC wished to convey. A few years ago, the network hosts might interview a contestant and mention that the vocalist was gay or lesbian, but now, they do a in-your-face bio on their lifestyle choices. In addition to that worldview, a new one has joined–one that even the LG community didn’t embrace twenty years ago. The transgendered individual, otherwise known as a drag queen. The misidentified and confused. What saddens me isn’t that these people are on the show (Although I wonder at the actual probability–without network help–of less than 1% of our population getting accepted on a show with such a narrow admission process.), but that their confusion and mental disorder is celebrated instead of treated.
I will not label an LGBT person as a monster, freak, or demon. I believe they are deeply loved by their Creator but are unwilling to see themselves as He designed them to be. For various reasons, they can’t live it and love it. I don’t believe they are not only confused, but deceived and lost. My heart aches for them and the world they find themselves in. And I mourn the deluded parents that are raising children without healthy understanding of DNA and gender. They are not doing their children any favors. In fact, some doctors go so far as to call it child abuse.
If a person walks into a clinic and asks for doctors to remove their arms because they identify with amputees, the doctor would refer the patient to a psychiatrist. So, why is it that a person identifying as a woman can have a perfectly healthy sexual organ removed while ingesting hormones that damage the body? We don’t allow a prepubescent child to determine their own eating habits, whether they will sleep at night or whether they will attend school or brush their teeth. And yet, some parents preach, “The parts you were naturally born with are subject to interpretation.” We are letting people who don’t even know their own personality yet choose their sexual identity?
Obviously, denying these disorders and labeling them the new normal is not the answer. (“Adults who undergo sex reassignment—even in Sweden, which is among the most LGBT-affirming countries—have a suicide rate nearly 20 times greater than that of the general population. Clearly, sex reassignment is not the solution to gender dysphoria.”) Even those that are fully embraced by their communities aren’t satisfied and happy. And the dangers of cross-over hormones haven’t been fully explored either, but serious side effects impact the receiving person.
But more than their physical speedbumps, their spirits have lost sight of the reality of what is because everything is in flux. For the Christian, we stand on a firm foundation with a God of love who does not shift. God creates and defines humanity. He defines healthy sex (both the gender and act of it). We as the redeemed of Christ don’t get to redefine good or evil, healthy or abnormal, male or female. He already has. We can either choose to align with His standards or ignore them, but we don’t get to rewrite them. (The same principle carries over into divorce, homosexuality, adultery, addiction, pride, gossip, gluttony, and so much more).
Genesis 2:23-24 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”
Matthew 19:4-6 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,
Mark 10:6-9 “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
1 Corinthians 7:2-4 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
For those who don’t agree with the Bible, then they can subject themselves to the dangers of beliefs based on emotion and desire and cultural swings, but we as Christians don’t align ourselves with trends. And those who preach tolerance to us would do wise to understand that tolerance goes both ways.
“In short, the Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design. Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to Christ. Being “true to ourselves” is always a false choice when it means going against God’s Word.” ~Kevin DeYoung Read More
“Some respond that dismissing the legitimacy of a person’s experiences is to dismiss them wholesale. To be clear, we shouldn’t dismiss but feel compassion for anyone experiencing mental distress about a perceived misalignment between their gender identity and their body. Not dismissing the reality of their inner feelings, however, is not the same as affirming those feelings. If God made men and women fundamentally and comprehensively different, then the idea that a man could ever become a woman (or vice versa) is simply impossible. The differences between men and women can’t be overcome simply because one person feels they’re a member of the opposite sex. Your psychology (feelings) cannot change your ontology (being).” ~Andrew Walker