Verse: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
This week, I encountered many who were doing everything they could to destroy their reflection of the image of God. As I attended the Decatur City School Board meeting regarding the district’s transgender policy, my heart broke over those who were overtly embracing a lifestyle so counter to God’s design and so eager to cast aside the gender the Lord gave. It was truly disheartening!
That’s why I had such joy when I came home and my sons wanted to do their favorite thing in the whole world – fight Dad! They quickly were charging at me, wrestling and tackling me without fear.
After the experience I had at that school board meeting, it was so refreshing to spend time with my boys – both embracing joyously (as well as violently and rambunctiously) the gender the Lord gave them. Even my son’s playful punch to the face was fun for me as I gave thanks to a God who intentionally made my boys to be boys.
Now, there are some people who are genuinely hurt and confused. However, as Christians, we know that there is no flaw in the design or the Designer, and we know that there is no solace in embracing the confusion. Hope can only be found in Jesus Christ, His overwhelming love, and joy in His creation!
The Decatur School Board is now considering what the policy should be toward transgender students. While we all must show compassion, my prayer is that the school board develops a policy that cherishes the privacy and dignity of its students, and, in doing so, honors our Lord. After seeing the way that meeting was engineered, I am not optimistic, but I am praying in hope.
The state of the debate: It was abundantly clear Tuesday evening that, as Christians, we are losing this debate. The phony definitions put forward regarding “gender identity” or “expression” have become largely accepted, the unscientific idea of “transgenderism” is embraced, and even the faith community is lacking unity on how to respond (thus, the need for the Nashville Statement). This is not a fight that we can ever neglect, because we have a lot of work to do to change the cultural conversation and debate.
So what can we do: We CANNOT stop articulating God’s design for gender. So, we must: 1) commit to prayer – for Decatur schools, for all Georgia schools, for every student, and that the Lord will use us to be salt and light to reveal His purpose, 2) urge your pastor to discuss gender and sexuality. Frankly, your pastor is ignoring Scripture if he doesn’t talk about these issues, and 3) support political leaders who speak up for students’ privacy and dignity concerns. We need leadership here in Georgia that will be a voice for our young people!
In His Service,