HONOR GOD WITH YOUR GENDER

Uncovered, Week 3

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Journey Church

 

 

  • Someone has a baby, we ask: “What did you have?”
    • “Not so fast. She might have girl parts but she might not be a girl – let’s let the child decide.” (If we decide it might lead to trauma)
  • At the core of this is the idea that gender is something you learn, not something you are.

 

  1. The Culture War Has Gone to the Bathroom.
  • North Carolina / HB2 / “Bathroom Bill”
  • Mandates that in public bathrooms, including state public schools, you must use the bathroom that corresponds to your anatomical gender (the gender on your birth certificate).
  • What once seemed very self-evident has become controversial. It is now seen as discriminatory toward someone who is transgender.
  • Compounding the problem: Gender is now seen on a spectrum. Used to be two options: male/female. Today: Facebook has 58 (and growing) gender categories.
  • What’s going on? This is one more consequence of denying or rejecting God’s authority and intent as declared to us in the Bible. Every time we do that, chaos rules the day.

 

  1. God created mankind male and female.
  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:26-27
  • “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them maleand female,’ – Matthew 19:4 (689)

 

  1. God created men and women equal
  • Together, men and women were given two responsibilities: have kids (increase in number) and steward the earth which God has given us
  • Male = “piercing one” / Female = “pierced one” (got it?)

 

  1. God created men and women different.
  • Society has moved to gender being a choice along a spectrum. You may have the parts of a male or female, but you decide what gender you are. God is saying, “Your gender is assigned to you by Me. You are male and female, you are equal and you are different.”

 

  1. But what about…?
  • Important terms that we have to understand:
    • Transgender – a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assignment at birth.
    • Transsexual – a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth and has permanently changed, or seeks to change, their body through medical intervention (hormones and/or surgery).
    • Transvestite – a person who adopts the dress and often the behavior typical of the opposite sex especially for the purposes of emotional or sexual gratification.
    • LGBTQQIA – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual
    • Dysphoria – a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety, restlessness, or fidgeting.
    • Binary – refers to two sexes/gender; male and female.
    • Androgynous – having both masculine and feminine traits.
    • Intersex – a general term used for a variety of conditions (40+) in which a person has reproductive organs or external sexual characteristics of both male and female. For example, an individual having internal reproductive organs of one sex and external sexual characteristics resembling those of the other sex or being ambiguous in nature.
  • Biology: Chromosomes
    • XX = Female XY = Male
    • Very rare, but it’s very real
  • Psychology: “I was born male, but I feel female,” etc.
    • Today there are 700,000 Americans that perceive that their identity is different than their biology- this produces the dysphoria we talked about
  • 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological gender as they go through the natural process of puberty (Source: American College of Pediatricians)
  • American Psychiatric Association – Bible – “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” (Release volumes or editions of it)
  • The idea that it’s not a disorder means you just ended up in the wrong body and we can fix it.
  • One HUGE problem: Chromosomes
    • They don’t change. You can alter your body’s appearance (examples), but X is X and Y is Y
  • Even when a person alters their physical body and obtains approval or esteem from others, their core issues do not change

 

  1. So what happened?
  • Because what they did to change their bodies didn’t address the core issues in their lives – the disorder in them – much deeper than their gender
  • Genesis 3 – fall of mankind – with it comes the curse and we’re all under it
  • Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. – Romans 8:20-22 [NLT] (787)
  • Creation is in bondage to decay – entropy is happening – groaning – the result of sin in the world is brokenness and defects and disorder and we’ve all got them to some degree
  • Paul felt the same way – “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! – Romans 7:24-25 (786)
  • What’s in dispute is if the transgender issue is a disorder or not
  • We live in an unfair world and the promise of the gospel is that Jesus hates unfairness too and He died for our disorders and He brings us healing and promises that one day He will make all things right
  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (787)
  • This is a promise that God is going to take all of your disorders, dysfunction, groaning, brokenness, and frustration, and turn it into something good and for His glory.
  • Christians – church – this church, Journey Church – we are going to treat people the way Jesus treats people, regardless of their disorder (we’re ALL disordered).
  • If you are someone who has some measure of gender dysmorphia – confusion
  • God created your male or female (Genesis 1:27) – there is something in your soul that Jesus wants to do something with – He wants to shine His light of grace and mercy on that disorder and bring healing to you – and it’s probably going to take time.
  • We are all dysfunctional and disordered and broken – “Who will rescue me from this body of sin and death?” – the answer is Christ.

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