Most of us will only ever overhear conversations about or read articles addressing ‘transgender’ issues. Rarely and probably most reluctantly would we ever be drawn into a discussion of this extremely volatile subject. With no lack of emotions and little limit to the preponderance of opinions, it seems best to simply stay a bit in the background and quietly live out our faith unless we are asked to offer a personal assessment. But, what if we’re asked to contribute an opinion? What should we say? How should we respond? What Biblical advice/counsel would we give? How should we feel about the feelings of others who want desperately to change who they are? What would Jesus say?
These are questions I’ve thought about and today and tomorrow I’d like to offer a response.
As with all issues related to life and godliness, it is safest to begin at the place all substantive discussions should begin–‘looking unto Jesus’. (Hebrews 12:2) And as we look at Him, we see one undeniable fact that relates directly to the ‘transgender’ conundrum: in His birth, Jesus received a ‘genetic assignment’ that affected Him far more profoundly than any female or male assignment would ever affect us.
For humans, our reality could only ever be one marked by the combination of x/y human chromosomes, resulting in an emotional affinity associated with that genetic distribution. We would either accept or aggressively disdain our assignment. We may ‘like’ being female or male. Or we may not like being either. But our feelings will only ever be about being a human male or female, no more or no less.
Jesus, on the other hand, was called upon to receive an identity completely different from Who He was–an identity that remarkably altered His existence. God explains it like this in Philippians 2:5-8: ‘(Jesus)…being in His very nature God, did not think that equality with God was something to be grasped. But, He made Himself nothing, taking upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in human likeness. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross’.
Think of it! Jesus, though being God (limitless and without need), was assigned a human (limited and needy) genetic makeup. Along with that assignment, He experienced the trauma of being mocked, misunderstood, ridiculed, challenged, falsely accused, spat upon, beaten, tried in a corrupt court, crucified and speared. And it wasn’t as if He was undisturbed about His assignment. Once He said that He was ‘exceedingly sorrowful to the point of death’ (Mark 14:34). Another time He asked Father God if ‘this cup might pass from me’ (Luke 22:42). Surely, Jesus was not without reason to not only question His assignment, but to long for its removal. But, WHY DIDN’T HE TRY TO CHANGE HIS GENETIC ASSIGNMENT so that He could feel better about His life? Why didn’t He use His creative and unlimited power to ‘re-assign’ for Himself a more desirable and freer makeup? Why didn’t He just ‘re-assign’ Himself into His ‘God-hood’ and simply tell/force/require everyone around Him to not only accept it but to champion it? Why?