Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Gender Confusion and Moral Rebellion

Gender Confusion and Moral Rebellion

 According to Associated Press reports, "California has become the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want." Additionally, The new law gives students the right "to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender" (Emphasis mine).

At first glance you might be compelled to respond in anger or even disgust but when filtered through the lens of Paul's letter to the church in Rome, I submit that we may want to respond differently.

As Paul opens his epistle, he begins with a summary of the "good news," adding that he is "under obligation to both Greeks and to barbarians … to the wise and to the foolish" to make this good news known (Romans 1:14 ESV). In other words, no one is excluded from the hope of a new life in Christ.

Regarding Paul's explanation as to why this good news is so urgently needed, he proceeds to describe the general condition of the entire human race. Paul is not addressing a particularly wicked segment of the society, rather he is recounting the ungodliness and unrighteousness of all of humanity who from birth suppressed the truth about God (v. 18) and "did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened"(v. 21 ESV). I must confess that in my Christian life, I have read Paul's letter – rather self-righteously – thinking he was talking about "those other people." I have come to see this was incorrect. He is instead giving us a recap of human history and our collective rebellion against God.



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