The current issue of "National
Geographic" features a transgender child on the front cover. Indeed one
of the most amazing phenomena of our day is the movement to destroy
gender distinctions. This movement claims that one can be a girl in a
boy's body, a boy in a girl's body, a homosexual man in a
girl's body but attracted to other men and a lesbian woman in a
man's body attracted to women. Is your head spinning yet? These
orientations can apparently also change. A former lesbian had a
falling-in-love experience with the present mayor of New York, and they
are now married. Bruce Jenner is Kaitlin now, but would a woman ever have
won the men's decathlon at the Olympics as Jenner did? And of
course, a woman in a man's body cannot have a period, get pregnant
or nurse. So gender application is more about how one feels than any
factual realities. The sexual revolution is now heading towards anarchy.
The Challenge of Homosexuality in Israel
I am concerned for Israel because these same trends are very prominent in
the non-religious sector here. Secular Israeli society seeks to be like
other nations. Hence all the Western aberrations are here, and many
Israelis brag about it. They call Tel Aviv the capital of the gay world.
Yet contrary to the United States, Israel has a state religion - Orthodox
Judaism - which clearly differentiates between male and female. Since the
Orthodox are consistently part of the government coalition, the State has
to show deference to that part of the population. In addition, one fifth
of our citizens are Arab and they also tend to support conservative
sexual ethics. So one portion of the population tracks with the decadence
of the Western World while the other resists.
Is it Genetics or Perverted Desires?
Homosexuals want to argue that their orientation is fixed by genetics,
but there is no convincing genetic evidence yet. (Even some gay activists
say this argument is only a ploy.) Many in the LGBT movement do not want
to think of sexuality as so fixed. They want to support every possible
orientation of consenting adults.
Cultures and Gender Distinctions
The issues of the gay revolution and all its permutations are contrary to
the Biblical foundations of creation order and the intuitive grasp of
reality in almost all cultures. This used to be called perversion. Rather
than seeing gender distinctions as something to be made more amorphous,
almost all historic societies grasped the importance of fostering and
enhancing gender distinctions and their importance in maintaining stable
family order. Most considered it important to raise women to be prepared
to bear babies, nurse, nurture and focus on young children. Men were
raised to go out and provide, to be responsible for their families.
It was generally understood that the attracting and bonding of male and
female in marriage requires clear distinctions of gender leading to role
distinctions. For example, distinctive clothing for men and women, and
boys and girls; and the way women and men comport themselves were, and
are still, fostered from the earliest ages in almost all cultures. To
totally remove these distinctions would destroy a stable society and
Biblical Balance and Gender Distinctions
The Bible clearly fosters gender distinctions in many texts. Gender is a
fundamental part of both the Hebrew and Greek languages and the biblical
writers, from Moses, the prophets, the Psalmist, the gospel and letter
writers all spoke and wrote in a fully gendered way. The Bible not only
recognizes the difference between male and female but celebrates and
protects both roles so that neither men nor women should be oppressed or
coerced. Prohibitions of same-sex relationships are clearly specified
throughout the Bible.
Unfortunately some cultures are oppressive to women in the way gender
roles are defined and enforced. The Chinese bound the feet of girls so
they would walk in a particular way. Muslim cultures tend to prevent
women from fulfilling their gifts and talents, and some still practice
female genital mutilation. Many Muslim women are forced to embrace a
very restrictive existence. In contrast, the biblical requirements for
gender distinction give boundaries yet still provide broad freedoms for
both sexes to exercise their gifts and talents and to be all they can be
in Kingdom life.