This week Bruce Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine… dressed seductively as a woman. He is now the poster child for transgender living and has been deemed a hero by many. Why a hero? Because, it is believed by the masses that he stepped out of his false self and into his real self. But is this true? Did he become the person he was meant to be or did he embrace a reality that was never intended for him?
For those of us who are Christ followers, we don’t get to make this determination based on what we wish was true, what the majority has decided to be so, or what would make life easier for us as we discuss this issue with friends. Because we follow Christ and His teachings we must ask ourselves what God says through His Word, the Bible, when it comes to transgender living.
In Deuteronomy 22:5, God is downright outspoken when it comes to men dressing as women and visa versa and speaks of how He feels toward people who do this. He states that, ““A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.” The word “abomination,” in it’s original language is translated by some as, a disgusting thing, abominable. This doesn’t mean that women shouldn’t wear pants or slacks. The idea of the statement means that someone shouldn’t strive to change their appearance to look like something they’re not, a man looking like a woman or a woman looking like a man. Trying to represent ourselves as something we’re not doesn’t please God.
Also… When God tells us of the creation of humankind, Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” God made each of us either male or female then anticipated we would live our lives as the gender He designed us to be.
When God had finished creating humankind as male and female He then said that what He had made was, “very good.” If God who is the Creator of all things determines what something is to be and creates it to be that thing, and determines that His creation is “very good,” do we as finite beings have the authority to then determine that how God created us is not good enough and so we can recreate ourselves? If so, we declare to God that He is no longer God, we are.
This may tell us what the real problem is for all of us. We all are our own idols. We all struggle on this one, not just those who choose to dress as a gender other than they were created to be. In the book, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, we find these words, “Idolatry began with our first father, Adam. Because Adam was committed to something over God, namely himself, he was guilty of idolatry. Therefore, Adam set in motion a course of history in which the most common created thing we worship in idolatry is ourselves; we live for ourselves and our perceived glory, which is actually our shame, in priority over God.” (p. 356)
That is, all of us are prone to “live for ourselves,” and in so doing make decisions that dishonor God.
So… let’s be careful to never judge Bruce Jenner or anyone else who is engaged in anything that contradicts Scripture. God will ultimately judge all of us. We followers of Christ should be the ultimate neighbors. Let’s consider any unbeliever struggling with any sin our neighbor who deserves our love and relationship and, like ourselves, people who can be reconciled with God. After all, those of us who are Christian brothers and sisters struggle with our own wrongdoings yet we give love and respect to each other.
Bottom line… We must never condone sin and we must never despise the sinner. Remember… “No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9b – 11)