“I can’t help it, I was born this way”

One of the saddest signs I’ve seen was one being carried by a marcher in a local Pride parade that stated, “Born this way,” suggesting it was inevitable that he would be homosexual, or whatever other sex or gender he identifies as.

It’s sad because the man believes he had no choice. He is convinced that his brain was wired since birth to make him what he is, and his future, therefore, was fixed from the start. In reality, therefore, he has reduced his life to little more than a programmed robot that can only do what it was wired to do.

One has to wonder, then, if it’s just as inevitable that a person will become a pedophile, or a serial killer, or an alcoholic. Or that a person should never marry because he was born to abuse women. Or maybe a person shouldn’t be alive at all, because he was born to be depressed and suicidal, or destined to life in a mental institution.

If that’s true, though, that no influence of family, culture or religion, or even God, can steer you away from what you were wired to be from birth, then what happens if you’d rather not be what you were born to be? What if you hate the idea that you’re stuck for life with whatever internal conflicts or marginalization by others your birth wiring creates, and there is nothing you or anyone else can do about it?

Society’s solution to that is to get everyone to “celebrate diversity” and accept whatever wiring we humans are born with as special and unique. But that faces huge resistance from those who see much of what is considered “special and unique” as a cover-up for several disruptive mental disorders. It also faces strong resistance from those who cannot and will not accept that we are stuck from birth to be a certain way.

On the other hand, after centuries of people making wrong choices that conflict with what God said he created us for, perhaps it’s true after all that people are being born with different wiring in their brains.

The good news God broadcast through Jesus, however, is that he’s more than willing to heal whatever damage our ignorance of him and our resistance to him has created. He doesn’t back off the fact that we’ve really messed up the wiring in our heads, but he also made it clear through Jesus that he’d love to straighten out our messed up wiring – if that’s what we would like too.

So even if it’s true that we’re born a certain way, God says we’re not stuck with it.

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