I loved attending Sunday School as a child. In fact, some of my earliest memories of Sunday School include the teacher using a flannel board and Velcro backed characters adhering to fabrics of various backgrounds. One morning, the teacher stuck Adam and Eve to the board, each wearing strategically placed fig leaves. The Genesis account shares the story of God’s Creation, including the forming of the first couple tasked with stewardship of His beautiful and perfect Garden, Eden. Genesis 1:26-27 reads,
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
A few days ago, it was brought to my attention that Facebook users are offered 58 gender options. I read through the list with my wife, both of us shaking our heads, giggling at times, marveling at the mass deception being waged against humanity. Genesis plainly teaches that God created two sexes, male and female. In fact, humanity was God’s crowning achievement, creating humanity and only humanity with the opportunity of enjoying a personal relationship with Him. Obviously over the past several thousand years, the Devil has wormed his way into the minds of some, sewing seeds of confusion about gender. No one who understands spiritual warfare and Satan’s tactics doubts the turmoil suffered by an individual who is gender confused, but in no terms should a man (gender confused or not) be allowed to utilize a public restroom reserved for women only.
Recently, a lady in Michigan was stripped of her Planet Fitness membership because she chose to make a big deal about a transgender individual using the women’s locker room. On the day in question, a man walked into the locker room while she was changing. She reported the individual to the front desk. The employee manning the desk explained that Planet Fitness has a “no-judgment” policy which allows people to use changing rooms based on “their sincere, self-reported gender identity.” The woman phoned Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and received the same response. She commented,
“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room. I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”
And why shouldn’t she be uncomfortable?
And now, there’s Target. The retail giant has jumped on the political correctness parade. Target has just announced that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some of their kids’ departments. The bedding department will no longer feature boys’ and girls’ comforters and the toy aisles will no longer feature backdrops of pink and blue. An Ohio mom praised Target for its decision, calling the “color coded” divisions in toys “regressive and harmful.” With this mentality, soon, gender reveals will be considered harmful to the baby in the womb. Maybe everyone can just celebrate the pending arrival with an “It” Shower.
We definitely need to pray for those who struggle with gender identity issues, but we also need to stand firm on the truths presented in the Word of God. God created “male and female,” end of story. For those who believe otherwise, a great deception has clouded their ability to perceive the truth. If Genesis fails to meet your criteria for facts, take a moment and re-watch “Kindergarten Cop.” A young boy addresses the debate about gender with a priceless explanation about male and female plumbing. If his Kindergarten teacher, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, had corrected the young fellow, insisting there were 58 genders, the boy would’ve looked at the man with disbelief….probably laughing as well. No, Arnold, there aren’t 58 genders. There are only 2.
Oh, and Target…You missed the bulls-eye.