The Gender Revolution – self-inflicted genocide?

While researching gender identity – and why it’s so important to people to act according to the gender they feel they are – I came across the startling statement, “We are self-loving ourselves into extinction.”

I thought, “That’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?” but after scanning the Internet from every point of view I could find on this latest craze for self-identity, I came up with an even stronger conclusion: that we’re into self-inflicted genocide.

Because if it really catches on that there’s no such thing as fixed genders or separate sexes and we’re all really on a huge spectrum of gender identity that has no purpose other than being true to who we believe ourselves to be, how will that bring male and female together in the future to want to produce a family and children?

If we’re simply on a narcissistic craving for self-expression and affirmation, and that’s our primary goal and purpose in life as humans, then we’re not likely to even want families and children, are we? I mean, who wants a family and children when there’s all that love and sacrifice involved, and having to ditch one’s own ambitions and dreams and even hobbies to provide the finances, time and selfless attention that a husband, wife and children so desperately need to flourish and feel fulfilled? What an annoying interference all that stuff is with my own happiness, and an affront to my right to be who I am and do what I want.

But if by law and punishment we’re all intimidated into going along with this sweeping wave of entitled self-love, will people even dare to have a normal family and call themselves “husbands, wives, Dads and Moms,” or dare to be seen encouraging a daughter to be a lovely woman, or dare enjoy seeing a son growing up to be a strong, masculine man? Will they be so afraid of being vilified, bullied and scoffed at, or being driven into seclusion or jail and having their children taken from them, that they decide it’s not worth the risk trying to have a “normal family”?

In which case, how will children be produced, and by whom? And if children somehow are produced, will they in turn dare risk wanting to be male and female and having their own families of male and female children? Not likely when the self-identity police will jump on any infractions to their agenda of a sexless, genderless society. If this really catches on, then, and enforcing self-love by law becomes the norm, I fear that person may be right that “we’re self-loving ourselves into extinction,” and we’re bent on self-inflicted genocide.

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Is being “true to ourselves” really the source of happiness?

The latest craze by a suicidal society is to get children believing their troubles are over when they are “true to themselves.”

It raises the obvious question as to how a child can even figure out what ‘self’ is at age four or eight, but to many medical and mental health experts ‘what a child feels’ is the expression of true self. If a biological boy, therefore, feels like a girl and expresses strong leanings to dressing and acting like a girl, then we must all bow to the child’s wishes to become a girl. And if the child then wants to pursue hormone therapy and even sex reassignment surgery to be true to being a girl, so be it.

There are huge risks, of course, especially when puberty hits and a child’s biological hormones kick in with a wallop. But the greater risk, society says, is not allowing children to express what they believe is their true self. To ignore that is putting a child in serious danger mentally and emotionally.

And many parents would agree with that, especially those with children who are deeply unsettled with their biological sex and only become happy when allowed to become the gender (or no gender) of their choice. And who wants a deeply unhappy child?

But when does a child ever really know what “being true to self” means? We already have children and adults switching genders several times a day, or discovering new gender mixes that seem to satisfy their needs better, so at what point does a person actually know who or what their true self is?

I’m so glad, therefore, that the Bible does not encourage me to be true to myself at all, because I could a spend a whole lifetime trying to figure that out, and what would be gained by it? Instead the Bible spares me having to search for my true self by telling me right off the bat in Genesis what my true self is. I am a failed image of God.

My true self was supposed to be a likeness of God, equipped to think and act like God, so that this planet and all life on it would flourish under human care. But we ditched that idea in favour of doing what we wanted, and that now became our ‘true self’ instead.

So it’s not surprising seeing children being taught today that “being true to oneself” means doing whatever they want, and that’s what will make them happy. It’s the same old drivel told by the serpent, and amazingly it still works. Fortunately, the Bible tells me how my really true self is being restored.

The serpent never gives up

In Genesis the serpent was interested in just one thing: killing off humans. Humans would die, God said, if they ate the fruit off the wrong tree. All the serpent had to do, then, was get them to eat the fruit. And it was so easy. All it took to get them to eat it was a clever sounding argument. Result? All human lives from that point on ended in death. Lights out. Job done. Game over.

Jesus, fortunately, dealt with that disaster by resisting the serpent and dying a human death, denying the serpent the chance to ever kill off humanity again. But the serpent hasn’t give up trying. It still believes it can kill off humans, this time by self-inflicted genocide. Get humans to kill themselves.

And the serpent’s found a way of doing it too, by aiming at children. Get children to believe they’re the wrong gender or no gender at all so they grow into adults who aren’t able to reproduce, or don’t want to. And there you have it; self-inflicted genocide. The death of humanity.

It’s a far-fetched idea, yes, but why not give it a try, especially when humans have already proved themselves to be stupid and gullible? All it takes is a clever sounding argument and humans suck it up like sponges. So how about getting children to believe they’re born in the wrong bodies, and that how they truly identify as humans is by feelings, not biology?

It’s ridiculous, of course, but highly appealing to anyone who thinks God didn’t have a clue when he said humans were made male and female. So children are encouraged to be the gender they feel themselves to be, but it means taking hormones that make them sterile. And adults who know better go along with it, as the serpent already knew, having seen it all before. All it takes is a clever sounding argument that does away with what God says, and there you have it, humans willingly killing off their ability to reproduce. In other words, self-inflicted genocide.

It’s nothing new, of course. As humans we’ve tried very hard to kill ourselves off in other ways too, like world wars, legalized abortion, and wrecking everything on the planet that supports life. Nothing can or will destroy life, however, because Jesus made sure of it by dying the death we were so bent on bringing on ourselves, and he’s now alive and in total control. But he still allows the serpent to have a go at us, for nothing more than demonstrating over and over again how helpless and stupid we become when we ignore and resist God.

“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.

Are gender identity and gender expression really that important?

To God they are. Knowing who we are and expressing it are exactly what God would love us humans focused on.

To begin with, however, gender is not the top priority. By God’s definition in Genesis, ‘who and what we are’ is not primarily about being male and female. Our true identity – socially, culturally, physically, mentally, emotionally and any other word ending in ‘ally’ – boils down first of all to: we are human.

That’s how God introduces us in Genesis 1:27. He starts off with, “God created humans.” So when we look at each other we know that – no matter what shape, colour, social construct or genetic soup we’ve ended up with – we’re all related. It means I’ve got all these humans who easily recognize me as ‘one of them’, and when they see me that way it’s a grand start to us getting along. We can share all sorts of things together that we can’t with dogs, goldfish, or turnips.

So first of all we identify and express ourselves as fellow humans.

But God goes one step further because he also says in that same verse we can identify and express ourselves as little likenesses of him. Oh. So when I look at you and you look at me, what we’re actually seeing in each other is a little image of God. But really that’s just as obvious as the fact we’re human, because what other creatures on this planet have the powers of a god? My cat doesn’t, even if it thinks it does. But in one minute I can come up with ideas and thoughts that chimpanzees and dolphins would never come up with in a lifetime.

Wow, so I can identify as a mini-image of God. I have no trouble, then, expressing God-like thoughts too, some of which, I happily notice, have a powerful effect on people when they’re God-like loving thoughts. It seems, then, that if I realize who and what I am on this level, and I express it wherever I go, I am a positive power to be reckoned with.

It’s only then – after God identifies us as human mini-images of him – that he says he created us male and female. It doesn’t change the fact that we all share exactly the same identity, but it does enable us to reproduce and have families. And that really does make gender identity and gender expression important because without the active and continuing contribution of both male and female we cannot reproduce as humans, and if we can’t reproduce we become extinct, in which case we’d be better off being dogs, goldfish, or turnips.

“Forgive us, for we know not who we really are”

Jesus said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do,” in response to his killers and the mob rule that got him killed. He looked beyond their actions to the ignorance that caused them.

I hope desperately, therefore, that the Holy Spirit will do the same for me in my response to the actions of government, the medical profession, schools, psychotherapists and parents allowing young children to decide who they really are and identify as. Children have no idea who or what they are. I know I didn’t. I wasn’t born with an inbuilt understanding of who I was or what my purpose on this planet was before I died. Those things did not come to me naturally. I needed to be taught those things by people in the know.

But therein lies the problem, right? Because who are these people “in the know”? Who actually knows for certain who or what we really are, and what our purpose is? And who knows for certain that those people “in the know” really know? And to what ultimate source do we go for confirmation? Science? But those who believe young children know who they are ignore science. Politicians? But politicians hardly ever agree on anything, and the same goes for philosophers, psychologists, mystics and religious folks. It’s total confusion out there.

And that’s what Jesus saw when he looked out on the crowds following him wherever he went. He saw them as sheep without shepherds, and that’s what really got to him. Here were all these lovely humans, struggling with all sorts of mental illnesses and sicknesses that no one had any idea how to solve. They had no idea what their purpose in life was either, other than following a culture shaped by people who were messed up mentally themselves.

And isn’t that the way it is today? The people we idolize for their great wisdom turn out to be corrupt and selfish, and their ideas and teachings conflict. Not only can’t they agree on who and what we are before we’re born, they now can’t agree on who and what we are after we’re born too.

So we still have no certain idea as to who or what we are. Like a field of corn, meanwhile, we sway to wherever the prevailing wind of culture blows us, and we have no idea if we’re in the right track or not. But rather than condemn and berate people, Jesus saw ignorance as reason to ask God to forgive them. Could God do the same for us today, therefore, and forgive us for still not knowing who we really are?

Does sexual identity matter?

Sexual identity matters a great deal in our culture, creating all sorts of problems. It polarizes communities into “straight” and “gay,” it stirs up opposing camps that either condemn or condone alternative sexual lifestyles, it marginalizes those with homosexual, bisexual and transgender orientation, and it brands those in opposition to different sexual orientation as hate mongers. It worries parents who fear the peer pressure of the LGBTQ community on their children, especially in schools where teaching alternative lifestyles is a required part of the curriculum, but it also makes life difficult for those who believe they have no control over their sexual orientation because it was decided for them at birth or by their genes, but are accused by others of choosing it.

It’s not a pretty picture, especially for children growing up in such a culture, where the media, entertainment, education, law, and even religious folk are claiming alternative sexual lifestyles and identities are healthy and normal. How many children will now be worrying about their sexual identity, as something crucial and necessary?

But in the great scheme of things, does sexual identity really matter? Jesus did say that when we’re resurrected there’ll be no more need for marriage (Matthew 22:30), so male and female sexuality will eventually become a non-issue. But what about now, before we’re resurrected? Surely sexual identity is very important, because the human race has always depended on the creation of children by male and female sexual reproduction.

So, yes, sexual identity does matter now, because that’s how children are produced. The marriage of male and female also pictures the relationship of Christ and his Church (Ephesians 5:25-32), but what does one make of Galatians 3:28 that says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”?

That really changes things for Christians, because Paul takes the focus right off our racial, social and sexual identity, and places it fairly and squarely on our identity being totally wrapped up in Christ. As humans the only identity that really matters is that, because it’s what Christ accomplished for us that makes us “all sons of God” (verse 26). Our sexual identity doesn’t make us sons of God; Jesus does. And it’s because we’re “baptized into Christ” and “clothed with Christ” (verse 27) that we “belong to Christ” and become “Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (verse 29).

And what is that promise? It’s the promise of the Spirit (3:14) who transforms us into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). That’s the identity that matters to God, because that’s the identity we’re now born with, are growing into in this life, and will have forever.