By Brother Thom
I find myself writing allot lately in response to social issues I see and read about in the news and on facebook. This morning a friend on facebook posted a meme asking “Who believes God made only two sexes, male and female.” Well the answer to this can be found in Genesis 1:27 where we learn that: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” So the Biblical answer to the question is very clear. God created man and woman.
But there is more, God went on to create the anatomy of a man to couple with that of a woman, and in verse 28 we learn: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” So this all seems pretty straight forward for Christians … or is it.
So what do we make of the prevalence of the LGBTQIA community in today’s society. This post focuses on the G (gay) and T (transgender) aspect of the community.
These are my views and are not necessarily the overarching view of Moyock Christian Fellowship.
I believe that clinically there is a very small group of individuals who’s brains send signals that they were born the wrong sex. I don’t have any science to back that up, because these people were born with genitalia that represents their birth sex, and they have the DNA and hormonal secretions of their birth sex. Nonetheless, I still believe the wiring in their brains tells them otherwise. I think these folks may be the truly transgender.
That said, I honestly believe there are some people who are in denial about their sexual preference. This group I believe are gay, but in denial that they are gay. They were possibly raised in such a way that they cannot accept being gay. This group, I believe feels so strongly that they can’t be gay that they believe they must have been born the wrong sex. They transition to the opposite sex often foregoing sex reassignment and continue their attraction to the same sex as their birth sex. I worry about this group allot. I think Caitlyn Jenner fits into this group. Caitlyn did followthrough with sex reassignment surgery but has come out as a lesbian and has stated she has never been attracted to men. I think this group needs a hug and to be told it’s O.K. to be gay, but I also know it’s more complicated than that.
Then there is the group thats simply confused. Liberals and the gay community have spent great deal of time literally promoting the gay lifestyle as if it’s a choice, when they all assert it isn’t. With the emergence of the LGBTQIA community over the last decade or so, it has become in vogue in some liberal circles to have children with ambiguous genders. Enter the nonbinary children and new pronouns to identify them as “they and them.” Hey little them, come here a minute … no one every said. These are kids that are doing normal kid things, and whoop, their parents either reassign them a new gender or label them nonbinary.
When I was a kid, one of my younger male cousins was attached to carrying a purse like his moms. He carried it everywhere he went. My aunt allowed him to do this, because he was a kid who simply wanted to be like his mom. What she didn’t do was go out and buy him a dress, or grow his hair out. This cousin who wasn’t influenced by society or labels grew up to be a very manly man. But today if a little boy picks up his sisters barbie, or her doll, or puts on one of her dresses, and he has liberal parents, they may make a choice for him that will forever change the course of his natural development.
I’m fascinated by this new cultural phenomenon so much that I’ve researched it considerably and watched countless YouTube video’s of young and older folks who have transitioned, and had reassignment surgery. These surgeries are particularly tragic to the bodies of females more so than males. For instance, of female with average size breast who has a mastectomy so she can have a flat chest like a male, will be left with horrible scars. Though they can now go the pool or beach without a shirt, their scars are so large and identifiable that they will immediately be recognized as transgendered. Females with smaller breast have it easier, surgeons are able to go in through the nipple and remove the breast tissue. These are the lucky few that are left with very minimal scaring, though in most cases the nipple never looks right again.
There are volumes that have and could be written on this subject. These are just a few of my thoughts. While I hold the scripture in the Bible to be true and the literal Word of God, and that there are only two sexes, male and female, I know that my God loves everyone of these children of His regardless of identity complexities. There are many things we do not understand, but that does not mean they don’t exist. But just as we know and understand that God made billions creatures small and large and many we’re still discovering, I am equally aware God gave humans free will, and that has affected our path on this earth.
Lastly a few statistics to keep in mind when discussing this sensitive subject with children and young adults:
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
- LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.
- LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.
- Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.
- Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.
- In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.
- LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
- 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.
- Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
- Source The Trevor Project.