There’s a number of things that are simply backwards, upside-down – flat-out wrong about this situation. I’m not sure how to say this other than this is now a “1984” world where words don’t mean what they have always meant; a world where people can simply state what they want to be despite biological realities.
To start, let’s examine this statement:
“Yolanda Bogert of Jimboomba, Australia, printed a retraction on Monday to the original birth announcement for her 19-year-old son, Kai, who was born female, according to the Courier-Mail,
“Their son, who was born female…”. This makes no sense. The Bible says God created us male and female. No matter what someone says about themselves or what operation they may undergo or hormone-replacement therapy they may endure, at a fundamental level they are still what God created them to be.
The article goes on to explain the parents’ reasons for releasing this retraction:
“Kai had come out to his mother and father as a transgender man a few days earlier, and his parents agreed they needed to show a sign of support — both to their son and to the world. Yolanda Bogert told the Courier-Mail that writing the retraction was “a no-brainer.””
No one can fault parents for wanting to “support” their son – er, daughter – no, wait! That was right the first time – son. But “he” was born a girl. This is the world we live in now. Up is down. Girl is boy, if she says so.
The link (above) to the article in the Courier-Mail offers this quote from her mother:
“There was little signs along the way when he [sic] was little and certainly was more evident in later years but it was never really discussed openly.”
And therein lies the failure of her parents – not discussing it “openly”. I’ll not address that here. My wife wrote about our reasoning for “openly” discussing sexuality with our children, recently. You can find that article by clicking here.
Despite how maddening these types of stories can make us, as Christians we should resist that part of our flesh and consider what our response would be if this were our own child, or sibling, or friend.
Psalm 9:16b says:
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
Rather than ostracize or condemn, we should have the eyes of Christ.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)
It’s clear this young person is confused. I would even say that (unbeknownst to her) she was “harassed” by this culture – the one that claims you can be whatever you want to be – even if it is the opposite of how you were born. It’s clear that this young person is ensnared by her own sin.
Western culture glorifies sin and celebrates those who do sin, just like Romans 1 says people have done since the creation of the world.
Celebrating what the world celebrates is out of the question for the Christian, obviously. But so is condemnation.
Compassion, without compromise, is the call to Christians. Engagement, without an exchange, is our calling.
We incarnate Christ by speaking the truth to a world tossed around by waves of literal nonsense. We represent Christ, fully, when we speak that truth in grace.
People like this young lady need the truth. They also need grace. May God give us exactly what we need should we have the opportunity to engage someone like this “sheep without a shepherd.”