A number of years ago the late American writer and humorist, Lewis Grizzard wrote a book titled, If Love Was Oil, I’d Be a Quart Low.
Those who are pushing the radical, relativistic, agenda of human sexuality and love, especially as it relates to gender identity and gender fluidity, are more than a quart low in the head!
Our modern day “trans” and “gender fluid” revolution, as it has been called by its devotees, has transferred us into a bizarre, baffling, batty new world. We now have transgenderism (identifying as a gender contrary to one’s body), a transman and transwoman (a man who was assigned female at birth or a female who was assigned male at birth. Trans men can identify as any sexuality, such as homosexual, gay, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, demisexual, etc.
The “trans” identity issue has spilled over into other identity issues such as transracialism (identifying as a race contrary to one’s ethnicity), and transableism (identifying as disabled contrary to one’s ability), and transspeciesism (identifying as a species contrary to one’s DNA).
The two tracks of the “trans” movement are “gender diversity” and “gender fluidity.” Gender diversity conveys the idea that gender is not binary (male or female) but exists on a broad spectrum with many points lying in between male and female. The microblogging and social networking website, Tumblr currently lists 114 different gender options. Gender fluidity conveys the idea that people can move back and forth along the gender spectrum. This idea is so acceptable to many millennials (Gen Y) and post-millennials (Gen Z)—that is, those born after 1984—that they have been given the name “the gender-fluid generation.”
Rob Smith gives an example of one biologically female advocate who describes herself as “gender fluid but also non-binary and trans.” She declares: “My gender is an evolving thing, like my sexuality, the more I explore it the more it changes. The only reason why I feel I should put a label on it is just to make it easier for other people.”
For the last century, the Boy Scouts of America has determined eligibility for its programs based on an applicant’s birth certificate. Needless to say, it only admitted biological males. But no longer. “Trans-boys” (that is, biological females who identify as boys) can now join the BSA.
The UK Guardian newspaper after publishing an article titled, “The gender-fluid generation: young people on being male, female or non-binary,” asked young people around the world to tell them how they define their gender.
They received 104 responses from people who felt gender fluid to a greater or lesser extent. For some this even meant fluctuating between a multitude of genders.
Cam, 20, from Ireland has experienced as many as 10 different genders, including male, female, bigender and agender. “Yesterday I came across another word: fluid flux. This fits with me because I experience several genders but they vary in intensity. They are socially constructed genders inasmuch as I would probably have described them differently in another civilization, but the feeling is still innate.”
Clo, 23, from the US – who identifies as transmasculine, gender fluid, non-binary, and queer trans – says their family cannot accept them for who they are. “People think, just because the words to describe us are new, that being non-binary is a fad. But people have always lived and felt non-binary – there’s just a label for it now.
More and more people are choosing to identify as transgender, pangender, bigender, trigender, multigender, omnigender, agender, gender fluid, gender diverse, gender queer, etc. As one teenager recently remarked to a psychiatrist: “I want to be transgender, it’s the new black.”
If this were not revolutionary enough, some want to take things even further. For example, the ultimate goal of some queer theorists is freedom from gender itself! In other words, they not only want to eliminate normal male and female or binary categories, but jettison completely the very concept of gender. As one advocate has put it: “At the heart of Queer culture is revolution. The truest rebellion against a world built on categories, labels and binaries is coming from the emergence of identities that refuse to conform” (Rob Smith, writing on the website of Christ on Campus Initiative)
We must compassionately and truthfully navigate a path between the folly of affirming transgenderism and the cruelty of dismissing the distress of those who experience gender incongruence.
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield “was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, a skeptic of all things Christian, and in a committed lesbian relationship. Her academic specialty was Queer Theory, a postmodern form of gay and lesbian studies. Today, Butterfield is a mother of four, a homemaker, and wife of a Presbyterian pastor named Kent. They live in Durham, North Carolina.”
Rosaria said, “As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.”
What made the difference? The loving and presupposition-challenging ministry of then — pastor of the Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ken Smith and his wife. For over a period of two years they gently confronted Rosaria with the truth of the claims of Jesus Christ upon her life. And God’s kind of true love won out!
“We cannot be silent, and we cannot join the moral revolution that stands in direct opposition to what we believe the Creator has designed, given, and intended for us.
“Christians must confront the transgender ideology at its very foundation, while also admitting that the church has often borrowed from the culture to make assumptions and expectations about gender that are socially constructed and not biblically sustained. Furthermore, we must admit that Christians have sinned against transgendered people and those struggling with such questions by simplistic explanations that do not take into account the deep spiritual and personal anguish of those who are in the struggle…” – Dr. Albert Mohler