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Saturday, March 3, 2018

What Would You Look Like as the Opposite Gender?

Some of my friends have tried this fun thing on social media where they put their photo in and the computer program changes it from male to female or vice versa. Some of their kids have, too. It's interesting. Some of the kids look like their parents, and some parents resemble their kids. Others look like their grandparents, aunts, or uncles. And, that’s normal. After all, genes are genes.

But what about crossing genders? What about actually becoming something else? People do it today. Or, at least they try. Men become women, and women become men, because they self-identify as the opposite gender. Even little kids are getting operations.

Just to clarify: if you’ve done the social media game by plugging in your photo, I have no problem at all with that. You were just having fun.

But, what if someone begins to question what he is and does it because he wants to see what he’ll look like when he transitions? Hmmmm ….

It bothers me to watch the world’s agenda. It seems that more and more often, political correctness takes precedence over true, pure, and holy. Why does the media search out a certain segment of the population to do everything from network anchors to interviewees. Do they search out Bible-believers? Rarely ever. They choose people in lifestyles that are condemned by the Bible. They clearly favor what God is against. The percentage of the population isn’t anything like the percentage of regulars on the networks and the people asked to comment. Sometimes, I have no idea if the person is male or female. I look carefully, listen carefully, and sometimes I still might have doubts.

Hollywood doesn’t help. Both sexes wear skin-tight clothing in sci-fi, and every character is able to do every physical feat. Roles have been done away with in favor of one-size-fits-all. Men fall in love with men, and women fall in love with women. Relationships are fluid at best, and families aren’t even portrayed any more—in the traditional sense of one man married to one woman, with several sweet, obedient children. Morals seem to have been thrown out as something from last century. 

I think this issue more dangerous than we realize. The problem, as well as the normalization of sin, is the total lack of absolutes. The Bible says, If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)

What are those foundations?
  • In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). God created the world.
  • But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons (Galatians 4:4-5). God sent Jesus to pay for the sins of the world so that we might be saved.
  • Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). A Christian's duty is to respect God and obey Him.

So, what does this have to do with gender issues and the world’s values?
  1. God creates people the way He wants them to be. From the beginning, this meant gender and different roles for men and women. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1:27).
  2. God created marriage for a man and a woman, for life. And he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Matthew 19:4-6).
  3. God gives children, and they're a blessing. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm 127:3).
  4. God is very plain about homosexuality. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (Romans 1:26-27).
  5. God speaks of other sins that are accepted in today’s society: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful (Romans 1:28-31).
  6. God wants us to follow righteousness and holiness. For as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness (Romans 6:19b). And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
Living for God means rejecting what the world system tolerates: sin. Living for the Lord means accepting a different, higher standard.

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