Social Issues (Part 3): Transgenderism

Social Issues

Transgenderism has become a “hot topic” lately. It is often grouped together with homosexual causes (LGBT). However, this is not about sexuality, but identity. Homosexuality involves an attraction to those of the same sex/gender that results in sexual relations. Transgenderism is about how one identifies himself/herself. It is sometimes called “gender dysphoria,” which is defined as an unease or dissatisfaction with one’s gender.

Those who argue on behalf of transgenderism claim that these individuals are being true to themselves and that the sex they were “assigned” at birth is different from who they are inside (how they identify themselves). They claim this is not a choice (for example, a man might choose to wear women’s clothing but not be transgender).

Facts & Statistics

Approximately 1.4 million individuals identify as transgender in the United States – roughly 0.6% of adults.

A survey conducted in 2015 found that 41% of young adults (ages 18-24) have at least one transgender acquaintance. This ought to show that it is a learned behavior, not an inherent identity.

About 63% of teens who claim to be transgender have previously been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopment disability.

The attempted suicide rates of transgender adolescents are alarmingly high – roughly 50% of transgender females, 40% of “gender nonconforming” teens (claim to be neither exclusively male nor female), and 30% of transgender males. 96% of transgender teens engage in self-harm. This means that the push to accept this as normal is not helpful, it is harmful. The helpful and loving thing to do would be to help these individuals as they deal with this and work to overcome it.

Basic Bible Principles Relating to This

God made people male and female – In the beginning, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). This has continued ever since.

The forming of individuals in the womb is attributed to God – The psalmist wrote, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

God had a reason for creating two distinct genders – This is why God made a woman to be the “helper suitable” for the man (Genesis 2:18). This is further shown by the fact that God gave different roles for males and females. [More on this in next lesson.]

The Law of Moses prohibited men and women from portraying themselves as being of the other gender – “A woman shall not wear a man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 22:5). “Cross-dressing” is not the same thing as transgenderism. However, the point of this passage is to show God’s expectations for the two genders to be distinct and recognized.

How we feel about ourselves may not always reflect reality – Jeremiah recorded this warning from God: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The Christians in Laodicea felt they were “rich, …wealthy, and have need of nothing,” yet the Lord correctly saw them in their spiritual condition as being “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” Revelation 3:17). It is possible for a male to “feel” like a female (or vice versa), but that does not make it so.

Bottom Line

God made people male and female. While various factors may lead some individuals to feel like they are different from their biological gender, this does not change how God created them and the roles and responsibilities that come as a result of that.

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