Trans What?

On the sixth day of the first week of the world, God “created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen.1:27). In the second chapter of Genesis, an expanded creation account, one learns that God created the man and then saw that “it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.” (Gen.2:7,18) Having put Adam to sleep, God took one of Adam’s ribs, “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman and brought her unto the man. And Adam 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.’” (Gen.2:22,23)

Male and female, man and woman are what God created in His own image. In case anyone missed it Jesus reiterated that distinction in Matthew 19:4 when He said “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female….”

So, why are social engineers and educators and others today trying to peddle that which is known as “transgender?” One’s gender, listed forever on his or her birth certificate is “boy” or “girl,” “male” or “female.” There is no in between; it’s a matter of biology, not psychology, nor sociology.  It has to do with genetics not emotions.

One wonders why the highly acclaimed newest member of the United States Supreme Court, in her Senate confirmation hearings, could not give an answer to the question asked her, “What is a woman?” She answered that she did not know. How about “A person who is of the female gender; opposite sex of a man.” Any junior high school student, at least in years past, could have answered that question; but now, on the most august judicial body of our land, appointed for life, we have a judge who was either unwilling or unable to answer the question, “What is a woman?”

Little wonder, it’s the current cultural twisting of universal truths. It is nothing new. Paul, the Apostle, writing in the 1st century New Testament, spoke of men who, having once known God but not wanting to glorify Him, “became vain in their Imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened….” (Romans 1:21-27)

So, from homosexuality which in our day has become so accepted that mayors of major cities proudly lead “Gay Pride” parades down Main Street; we have now come to where “transgender” is being pushed by some as healthy, normal and that which should be taught– even to the youngest of children in some schools. The Governor of Florida recently signed into law a bill that would restrict school teachers from indoctrinating very young children to matters of sexuality and sexual orientation for which he received no small amount of criticism along with a good amount of support.

Ramifications are all too obvious. So-called “transgender” (do I feel like a boy today or a girl?) athletes are competing in sports, often stronger boys/males in girls’ track and field and swimming events, and, guess what, they are winning! “Transgender” boys use girls’ restroom and locker room facilities. Recognizing the absurdity of this, the Indiana State Legislature, in the 2022 General Assembly, passed House Bill 1041 by an overwhelming majority, which would have banned biological boys from participating in girls’ sports in Indiana public schools; it would also keep biological boys out of girls’ restrooms and girls’ locker rooms. By a vote of 66-30 this common-sense bill passed the House and on March 1, 2022 the Indiana Senate ratified the same bill by a vote of 32-18. The Governor of Indiana vetoed the bill on March 3 of this year. His veto is expected to be overridden May 24th. Think though, how confusing this issue must be to some. Legislators, answering to their constituents and to their own sense of decency, voted to protect girls’ sports and girls’ privacy in Indiana public schools, yet the Governor vetoed the legislation that was designed to do just that!

When my children were not yet teen-agers, Bruce Jenner won the gold in the 1976 Montreal Olympics men’s decathlon. His face appeared shortly thereafter on Wheaties’ cereal boxes all across America. Neither Mom nor Dad, nor any of our children, had any difficulty recognizing Jenner as a male competitor and we were proud of his bringing home the gold. There was not a smidgen of doubt as to whether Jenner was a man or a woman!

So, what is happening? Well, again Paul, writing to his protégé, Timothy, says that in the last days there would come “perilous times.” One of the many earmarks of those last days would be “Men shall be without natural affection….” 2 Tim. 3:1ff. The last days actually began before the New Testament canon was closed, so 2022 is just a couple of millennia further DOWN the road toward the end! In the Romans passage I cited, Paul carefully depicts man’s “slouching toward Sodom” noting that God would eventually give men who have rejected Him “up to uncleanness,” and “up to vile affections,” and finally over to “a reprobate mind.” Romans 1:24,26,28

So, what we are witnessing is not new; it’s been around almost since the beginning of time. But when the “salt of the earth” loses its savor and the “light of the world” is dimmed, i.e., the testimony, witness and influence of Christians in and through the avenues of commerce and culture (Matt. 5:13-16) then there are no boundaries nor apparent limits as to what and where actions that were once universally recognized as unnatural in time become, apparently, accepted as normal. We can thank God for many believers and many ministries that are working tirelessly to protect our children from all sorts of aberrations from traditional, almost universally recognized, healthy hygiene and habits.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Eph.6:12,13)

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