Male and Female

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

There is a lot of emphasis today upon the subject of "transgender people." Proponents of transgenderism, the homosexual lifestyle, and the "transgender community" make it clear that they do not agree with the biblical definition of marriage, male, female, and other terms used in the Bible that violate their beliefs concerning these issues. How should a Christian respond? What should our mindset be? As Bible believers, we state that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice. Do we use it to guide our thoughts and words in relation to these topics?

It is clear from Scripture that God created us male and female. Organizations like Glaad (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) make a straw-man definition by telling us that sex (the classification of people as male or female) is something that is assigned at birth, based upon the physical characteristics of the infant. They then argue that it is actually a combination of many different factors (hormones, chromosomes, etc.)*. However, the truth is that we merely recognize sex at birth, not assign it at that time. A baby, from the time of conception, is male or female. Psalm 139:14-16 tells us that God knew ALL of our members (even those related to our sex) when we were still in the womb, and that we grew according to the plan that God had for our bodies (our DNA). The very fabric of our being establishes who we are, whether male or female.

Many though, do not feel they "fit" society's definition of a male or female, so they must be a homosexual, or transgender. What they do not understand, and what most Christians do not understand, is that society's definition is not God's definition. To be a male does not mean that one will have an intimate desire for women, and to be a female does not mean that one will have a desire to be a wife and mother. Not everyone will possess a desire (in an intimate manner) for the opposite sex. God has created some without that desire. The Bible describes them as eunuchs "so born from their mother's womb" (Matthew 19:12).

When one is born without this desire, it does not mean that they have a desire for the same sex, but our current culture automatically declares that it is an either/or situation. The Bible describes homosexual desires as unnatural and inconvenient (Romans 1). Believers attempt to force society's definition upon others as well, and when someone feels "different," and acts "different," we look down our noses at them and shun them. Generally not accepted by believers, these souls find acceptance with open arms by the gay community. We have allowed the world, with its depraved mentality, to define the terms, and we wonder why the battle for society (and for our children, who are entering the gay community at an alarming rate) seems to have a bleak future.

Those created by God without sexual desire are in a position to serve Him in a very special way, without the "distraction" that those desires create. We need to recognize the special gifts God has given to each of us, utilize those gifts, and allow these individuals to serve in the capacity they were intended. Let us recognize God's created order of male and female, but not put a worldly definition upon what those terms mean. One can be a "man's man" and a real woman without the natural desire for the opposite sex, and still be normal, exactly what God created him/her to be. Above all, be thankful for how He created you, and fulfill that role in a godly, Christ-honoring way. Look to the Word of God, not secular psychology or pop culture, to determine what God wants you to be. Don't walk in the counsel of the ungodly, but meditate upon the Word of God, delight yourself in God's will for you, and live it by faith on a daily basis.

*http://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender


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