The transgender movement has not only come out of the LGBTQ agenda (the “T”), but has risen to a new level and cultural identity all its own. We are now hearing more about this than same-sex marriage. Transgenderism is becoming well received by many. Even though it is less than 1 percent of the population, it is gaining a foothold by leaps and bounds.
However, there seems to be an emotional dysfunction with this group because according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2014 “more than 40 percent of transgender individuals try to kill themselves at some point in their lives compared with under five percent of the general population” (Catholic Sentinel, Dec 7, 2018).
Dr. Paul Hruz, an associate professor of pediatrics, cell biology, and physiology, has gone so far as to say, “it is more accurate to view a discordance between one’s sex and gender as a mental disorder.” He stated, “We have to have compassion for the real suffering people have, but maintain the truth.” I like that quote – compassion balanced with truth. So what is the truth in response to the transgender movement?
First of all, let’s review some facts. It goes without saying that it is the natural order of creation that there are two sexes, male and female, determined biologically at birth. This has been undisputed for thousands of years, until now. It is common sense.
Second, it has always been established that the “X” and “Y” chromosomes determine sex. Nothing can be done to change that, no matter what one thinks of himself or herself.
Third, the emotional makeup and brain function is different for male and female. Research has shown that. Does this mean then that even though one thinks that he or she is of the opposite sex that their brain still thinks differently?
Now for a biblical response. Transgenders need to realize that they were created by a loving God. They should give thanks for how they were made. Quoting again Dr. Hruz, “People struggling with gender identity issues see themselves as less than who they fully are“.
None of us are a product of evolution. We should all see ourselves as God sees us. Psalm 139:13-16 says, “For God formed my inward parts. He wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…My frame was not hidden from God when I was made in secret…His eyes saw my unformed substance…”
Transgenders in their bodies could use a transformation of their hearts to see their uniqueness as God created them. He not only created each one of us, but Jesus, God’s son in human flesh, died on the cross and took the punishment for our sins. He rose from the dead and gives us the hope of eternal life. Each person who recognizes this and calls upon God’s grace can experience a new identity along with peace, hope, forgiveness, and the assurance of eternal salvation.