This is the story about two Bruce’s….and a Caitlyn.
This week kicked off with the announcement that Bruce Jenner has been reintroduced to the world as Caitlyn Jenner. According to Caitlyn (born Bruce), this is the way she has always felt. Not, that she was a woman trapped in a man’s body, but a woman who was born with male parts. In Bruce’s words, a male body with the soul of a female. Now, why would I, a Christian, write a response to this? For one simple reason: because Bruce, in the interview with Diane Sawyer, brought the God of the Bible into the conversation.
Playing God with God
The silver bullet in this whole LGBT debate is asking two questions: Who designed us (God, evolution apart from divine guidance, a self-creating universe etc), and why. Once we answer these two questions everything else begins to come into focus. It helps us identify who is in charge of gender: Us, or God?
via People.com, who transcripted the interview:
“I tried to explain it, because I’ve had all my kids sitting in that chair … and I’ve tried to explain it this way. God’s looking down, making little Bruce … he says ‘Okay, what are [sic] gonna do with this one. Make him a smart kid, very determined … and then when he’s just finishing he says, ‘Let’s wait a second.’
“God looks down and chuckles a little bit and says, ‘Hey, let’s give him the soul of a female.’ ”
So, according to Bruce, God decided while making him (notice Bruce said “him”) smart, determined, and then, to add a trial to his life, He laughs (God laughs at giving us difficulties? Not according to 1 Peter 1:1-6 and James 1:1-5) and gives him the soul of a female? Wait, wait. Let’s unravel this theology here.
This doesn’t sound like the God of the Bible, even the most liberal of theologians would agree. Interestingly enough, some are firing back at Christians and saying that them disagreeing with Bruce’s transition makes them unloving and unchristlike. But, before any of this, Bruce had a view of God that sounds nothing like the sovereign, joyful, gracious, and just God we read about in Scripture. Bruce was misinformed and deceived in his theology, and your theology affects your worldview, which affects your actions and decisions. Imagine if Bruce had a theology more centered in the gospel, would he still feel this way?
Here’s why I keep referencing the Bible: Because Bruce, before the transition, claimed to be a Christian. If you’re a Christian, you believe the Bible is true and that Jesus is who He said He was. It’s a given. He is entering into territory that is no longer solely about his own decisions, he is claiming his decisions, and the way he is, began in the mind of God. Is this so?
What Did He Intend us to be?
According to the Bible, every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17ff).This includes the rains that water the crops, the beauty of the sunrise and sunset, and the ability to marry and produce offspring (Acts 14; Psalm 19:1-2; Psalm 127). This all goes back to the creation account in Genesis: God creates Adam, and then as Adam is naming the creatures, he finds no one like him with whom to cleave and be fruitful with. This is when God makes Eve from Adam’s rib. In a certain sense, Adam found his other half, the person with whom he could become “one flesh,’ with whom God would “bless,” and command to subdue the earth, and multiply in it. This is how it was meant to be.
With certainty, Moses points out:
“Male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27; 5:2). Before this announcement, God gives Adam and Eve his blessing. In fact, Moses says a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, becoming one flesh with her (Gen. 2:22-24). Clearly, God made men and women as different reflections of His beauty and personality. This also ties into the view of Christ and the Church: the way a man and woman in marriage love each other is reflective of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in how Christ loves the Church (Ephesians 5).
It’s also important to point out that nowhere in Scripture does it say that men and women have different kinds of souls. So, for Bruce to make the claim that God gave him a female soul, is to make a claim nowhere supported by God. Actually, one could infer from Jesus statement about marriage in Matthew 22:30 than when this life ends, male and female will cease to exist, because we will be truly complete before our creator forever. There will be no more procreation, and no more marrying and giving in marriage. Gender is not who we are, it’s only a part of the bigger picture of being made in the Image of God. and God did not create us with any reason to doubt our gender. Instead, He wants us to look at ourselves and see Him, “how precious to me are your thoughts, O’God! (Psalm 139:17).” We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that is a beautiful thing (Psalm 139:10-13).
When we understand this, then gender becomes a wonderful, God-reflecting, powerful thing. One gender compliments the other. The biology of sex is tied to the spiritual union that also takes place, bonding one another in a way that God intended to be beautiful. But, a lost world doesn’t know this good news.
A lost world doesn’t know who made them and why. But we do. According to Hebrews six, God’s promises for us are an anchor for the soul. We have an anchor, while everyone else is caught in the storm of God’s wrath. There are many who are unsure of who they are, so they feel many things. One of these things includes an uncertainty about gender.
Consider also these passages:
God’s morality regarding keeping the distinctions between males and females:
“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.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)
Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. (1 Corinthians 11:11-12)
Bruce (Caitlyn) Almighty
By manipulating the genders, and assuming one could transition from male to female (which is debatable, as women cannot transition into men creating sperm, and men can’t become women who bare children), we can see clearly from Scripture that manipulating God’s design is in fact playing God. Being our own gods is what Paul says leads mankind into destruction, into a “debased mind,” because they exchanged the true God for false gods, false idols, and sins of every kind (Rom. 1:18-32).
Consider another Bruce: The Bruce who (fictionally), is granted the abilities of God by God. It’s possible you may have told yourself, “well, if I was God…”, but here in this movie, Jim Carrey’s character finally gets a shot at it. And things go haywire.
In one scene in the movie, Bruce uploads all “prayers” into transcript form on a computer, and decides to answer all prayers as “yes.”
Guess what happens? The world goes awry, and God (played by Morgan Freeman) has to come and fix everything. This implies that not everything we want is in fact good for us, and the wisdom of God stands above our own (1 Cor. 1). Even though the movie is supposedly dealing with the Christian God (albeit poorly, and even taking His name in vain), the whole idea is that only God is qualified to be God. As Paul writes, “you are not your own, you were bought with a price… (1 Cor. 6).” Nothing we have is our own, it’s all a gift of God, even the things we think we own.
We are not our own creators. We don’t decide our own destinies.
At one point in the Diane Sawyer interview, Bruce said he was “confused”. He’s just as confused as we all are without being anchored in the Lord Jesus Christ. Think about it, Christian. Does God approve of us allowing those who are lost to manipulate their lives and not know the wisdom of God? Does God want us to watch the world turn in on itself and not hear the great news of what God has done in His Son?
The world is blinded by Satan (2 Cor. 4:4-7), they follow Satan (Eph. 2:1-4), and are spiritually dead, needing their eyes opened and to be born again (Jn. 3:3). We can see clearly, and as Paul writes, shouldn’t be taken captive by plausible ideas the world gives us (Col. 2). Let’s stand up and defend God’s design for the sexes. Let’s immerse our hearts in Scripture and seek to make the gospel known to our lost neighbors, including those who claim to be trans or homosexual. God may perhaps open their eyes, granting them a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2).
Until next time,