I have to admit, I wasn't sure if this topic was something I should approach. I always try to speak my faith into the world, and there is no question how I would view this subject from my biblical foundation or worldview. To be honest, I just wanted to ignore it, but it kept coming to the forefront of my mind (and the news); and one day I realized all the following headlines were screaming that it needed to be addressed ...
• President Obama Opens White House's First Gender-Neutral Bathroom
• Sweden Adds Gender Neutral Pronoun To Official Dictionary
• All-Womens College To Admit Transgender Students for Class of 2020
• Planet Fitness Revokes Woman's Membership For Speaking Out Against Man in Women's Restroom
• Franklin Graham Speaks Out Against Transgender Restrooms
• Pope Francis Meets With Transgender Man and Fiancé
• Department of Education Says Title IX Applies To Transgender Students
• Transgender Student Wins $75,000 In Legal Fight Over Bathroom
To be honest, this is really foreign territory for me, and I am uncomfortable trying to speak for people who identify with this lifestyle. So forgive me if I went to a source website to get the "official" answers. Here's what I learned: "Transgender" has become the politically correct term for what society used to refer to as "Transexual". But apparently among this culture, it was decided that the new term was an easier sell to the general public, and sounded less scary.
So, if this person determines that he desires to be a woman, then it usually involves a change from their physical gender to their desired target gender. That means some sort of reassignment surgery changing their physical appearance, and/or hormone replacement. In the strictest sense, a transsexual is a person who has had surgery to change their physical appearance to match their target gender and live fulltime as this new gender. Some transsexuals move into society and live solely as their target gender and identify as only male or only female. As with all labels, nothing is black and white and there is plenty of gray area. In fact, there are some people who don’t identify as any gender, and prefer to be considered "gender free".
OK, I hope that I have represented this emerging sector of our society in a fair and accurate manner. But I cannot ignore the profound impact it is taking upon our education systems, our privacy, and, most importantly, on our faith. We are being coerced, through federal laws, to accept something that is inherently against God's sovereignty as Creator. He knits us in the womb ... He makes us ... and He has determined what sex we are, according to His divine plan.
But now we are being asked to accept that an individual can proclaim his or her "preferred" gender based on "feelings and emotions", rather than on biology. Federally funded schools, from kindergarten through high school, must allow students to attend single-gender classes (such as girls-only sex education/health classes) based on their declared “gender identity,” according to a Department of Education (DoE) memo issued December 1, 2014. That means that your elementary school (and younger!) daughters will be exposed to boys who want to be girls during discussions on biological functions of the female body. Do you think there might be just a little bit of confusion? Not to mention that they will be exposed to the notion that this is normal!
My God, how far is this culture willing to go to offend God? When you have the highest God-appointed governing authority in the land (read Romans 13) promoting self-determination of gender identity by designating a Gender-Neutral bathroom in the White House, then it is a calculated affront to the Lord. And when the Catholic Church's full, supreme, and universal authority signals his tolerance of transgenderism by granting an audience with a sexually reassigned man and his fiancé, then might God not be insulted? After all, the Pope is supposed to be God's representative on earth; and when other priests openly denounce this impression of acceptance, then it all smacks as a slap in the face of the Supreme Creator!
How arrogant of the created to contravene the Creator; to violate His Wisdom and perfect knowledge; and to diverge from the Hand who has made all things! It is Satan's greatest desire to cause disharmony, disorder, and confusion among the inhabitants of the earth. Can you be anymore confused if you are uncertain as to which sex you are? And the acceptance (and perpetuation) of this state of confusion as somehow defensible or appropriate just shows me that God is nowhere in the consideration. When we, as a nation and culture, begin to blur the lines of creation (use the word "nature" if you need to), then we are open to any and all transformation; accomplishing it in ever more surprising and "magical" ways. Transgenderism is just the first step towards shifting our focus away from being made in the image of God.
I am not without sympathy for people who are so uncertain about who they are. After reading articles on their different journeys, I realized that many report "strained" and "difficult" relationships, and a profound sense of loneliness. What a burden it must be to, in effect, become your own creator. We must pray for the spirits of confusion to be cast out of this world; and to be delivered from the coming abominations that Satan has planned.
1 Corinthians 6:20 "For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."