Fluidity

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 would never have thought that I would be writing on this topic. The premise is that your sex at birth does not determine your gender. This is the result of the LGBTQ movement which has lionized the Christian world for being “homophobic” or worse.  They often use the “hate” word.

The Christian view of male and female in Genesis starts with God creating man and woman in His image. He did not create “other”, nor did he assert that even if one is born one way, you can discover your true sexual identity over time.  We are, after all,  “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14).

As one writer notes, “our gender (at birth) is foundational to our existence.” Each gender is fully human and needed in order to represent the completeness of humanity.”  Amen.  

Call me old fashioned, but biology provides a definition of male and female. Each one has either an X or a Y chromosome in their DNA. That hasn’t changed, but what has changed is that the social sciences are now giving in to pressure from the LGBTQ community to redefine male and female to include transgenders and others. 

According to one publication, there are now 112 genders as of 2019. The idea of a binary male and female goes out the window.  One is “Anongender” which is a “gender unknown to both yourself and others.” Confused?  You are not alone.

The gender fluidity movement says, effectively, you toss out your birth gender and then choose which one you want. Your gender at birth is just a suggestion of who or what you are. It’s fluid, remember?

It defies science and also leads to some difficult life issues. Ask any therapist and they will affirm that gender confusion leads to some very bad emotional messes in life where depression and suicide are prevalent. I asked a Christian counselor friend about this post, and she said: “Great Topic!” 

Older generations are literally dumbfounded by this concept of gender fluidity. Nonetheless, it is out there, and it is infecting the next generation with concepts and faux “science” based on their concept of inclusivity.

One would be surprised at how pervasive this has become. Children’s books and textbooks are being rewritten to embrace this new idea.  No matter that it throws out thousands of years of social culture on its head. 

Proponents of gender fluidity argue that a binary choice of man and woman is a modern idea.  They never read Genesis. Sweden has adopted a gender-neutral environment in school so that there are no more boys and girls; they are referred to as “friends” and they don’t use “him” or “her”.

The same is happening in schools and colleges here in the U.S.

Still confused?  You bet.  To complicate it even more, the American Psychological Association (APA) has issued Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Menin 2018.  It is an attempt to describe what masculine behavior is (or should be, in their opinion). 

As one author notes, of the eight Guidelines offered by the APA, some are true, some are useful, but there is “one that is glaringly wrong.”  The problem? Well, the Guidelines assumes that all defining characteristics of masculinity is a learned social construct. 

Translated, your masculinity only comes from your environment. “Men are that way because they are taught.” Hmmm – what happened to things like testosterone or DNA?  Did anyone suggest that men were “created” in a certain way? 

She concludes (correctly) that whether God designed them (men) or evolution did, men are physiologically different at birth. Period. The APA and social scientists are denying this basic tenet.  

Gender confusion is now getting into Christian universities where one college, Azusa Pacific University (APU) recently redesigned its Standards of Student ConductAPU bowed to pressure from Brave Commons, an LGBT organization, who claimed that the original Standards “unfairly singled” out LGBT students. 

Now, at APU, gay romances are accepted, but sex and marriage between them is not. This is a slippery slope. The next step will be to accept gay (or other gender) marriage. 

This is challenging to everyone.  Christians need to educate themselves and the next generation about biblical truths and which are being obscured by a movement that is blurring what God designed. I have just touched the surface on this topic. Read 5 Things Every Christian Must Know in Further Reading for more.

I would be remiss in not saying that Christians are under a command to love others unconditionally, even those who insult and hate us. Jesus never promised that it would be easy in this day and time of gender dysphoria. 

MENTOR TAKEAWAY:  Mentors have to stay on their toes to answer questions about gender fluidity from the next generation. They need to be able to communicate to their mentees a correct biblical view on this topic. 

FURTHER READING:

Alphabetical List of 112 Genders?   Dude Asks

Sweden’s Gender-Neutral Schools

Much Ado About Gender Roles.  Christianity Today

Complementarians Issue New Manifesto on Gender IdentityChristianity Today

Psychology group offers a confused take on masculinity  World Magazine

Azusa Pacific Okays Gay Romance (But not Sex and Marriage)   Christianity Today

God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker is available at Amazon and theGoodBook.com.

5 Things Every Christian Must Know About the Transgender Debate Andrew Walker

Teacher Fired for Refusing to Use Transgender’s Preferred Pronoun

WORSHIP:  Listen to Victor’s Crownwhich proclaims that “Jesus has Overcome the World”.

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