Recently, Andraya Yearwood, a transgender male (identifies as female) competed in a state championship track tournament a couple Tuesdays ago in Connecticut winning both the 100 and 200 meter dash events (source). This caused quite the uproar among people all over the internet, including some of my Christian friends who shared articles from various outlets covering the subject.
The topic of transgenderism is rather divisive, but from what I have observed, Christians are pretty consistent in their condemnation of it, though the way in which it’s condemned may be different. You’d be surprised to hear then that transgenderism actually has a very strong foothold within churches across the country. Before I explain, let’s define the term: transgenderism.
Transgenderism: “A state or condition in which a person’s identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional ideas of male or female gender” (source).
To state it another way, transgenderism is the idea that the gender you identify with does not necessarily coincide with your physical and/or biological makeup. You may be born male, but feel female and vice versa; this feeling (called “gender identity”), overrides who they truly are physically and biologically.
Here’s what I mean.
Every church I’ve been a part of has had men who won’t participate in worship, won’t pray, won’t read Scripture, won’t sing, won’t serve, etc. in any capacity. There have also been women in those churches who wanted to get up and preach or lead singing or publicly serve in the worship service in some way. Have you seen these things too?
In both scenarios you have groups of people eschewing their God-given roles because they feel like doing something else, or feel like not doing anything at all. As a result, churches can’t find Bible class teachers, the same men lead over and over again because no one else will step up, and women get up to lead because men won’t fulfill the roles they are supposed to.
Our churches are filled with people who are spiritually transgender, we seem to be okay with it, and we’re all suffering for it.
To those of us who follow, God has given us various roles to fulfill. Instead of lifting holy hands and praying, we remain silent (1 Tim. 2:8). Instead of learning in silence, we take up the role of teacher (1 Tim. 2:11-12; 1 Cor. 14:34-35). Instead of using our abilities for the building up of the church, we sit mindlessly in pews (Eph. 4:11-16). Instead of sharing the gospel we spread the good news of our sports team or political party (Eph. 4:15-16).
Church, from time to time we need to point our fingers back at ourselves. Yes, there are a lot of sinful, evil, and wrong things going on in the world right now, but we’re not perfect. I’m not saying that we need to quit calling out sin, but we need to make sure that, as we’re doing so, we’re regularly looking at ourselves in the mirror to make sure we are who we are supposed to be (Mt. 7:1-5).
God has given us roles and responsibilities to Himself, His church, and His word. We don’t get to change those things just because we “feel” like it. If we want others to be who God wants them to be, we need to make sure we are who God wants us to be. Otherwise, we run the risk of become ignored hypocrites. Want to change the world? Start with yourself and becoming the man or woman God has asked you to be.