I grieve what transgender confusion, homosexual behavior, and racial hatred each due to human beings. What do I mean? They are each, in their own way, a symptom of the same disease: A desire to be God. They are each an effort to redefine or recreate what God has already defined, what God has already created.
And each of these symptoms has at least one effect in common: They do violence to the human who manifests them. Which is why I hate to see what they do in people I care about.
True human flourishing can only happen when humans enjoy and delight in what God has created, how He created it, and what He created it for. So, as it relates to these 3 harmful evils, let me say:
It is not good for humanity (or for individual human beings) to think
- That maleness and femaleness are interchangeable (or identical in every way, or arbitrary)
- That it is good for a man to be romantic or sexual with another man, or a woman to be romantic or sexual with another woman
- That skin color is a true and right distinction between human beings.
None of these 3 are good. Transgenderism, homosexual behavior, and racial pride each attempt to disfigure and obscure the image of God in human beings and the plan that God has for human beings. Each of them does violence to the imago Dei.
The truth is that God did design men and women as different with different roles to play in His Kingdom, different notes to sing in His song. He did design romantic affection and sexual relations to be between a man and his wife. And He most certainly did not designate skin color to be any sort of a meaningfully distinguishing characteristic between human beings (you will find God referencing His approval or disapproval on different nations in the Bible, but nowhere does He seem to even have a category for “race,” referring strictly to skin color).
We ignore what God made, how He made it, and why He made it to our own peril.
God made human beings to be and do glorious things, namely as image bearers of Himself, to enjoy and worship Him, and to have fruitful dominion over the Earth. When we try to be or do things that He did not design us to be or do, when we look at humans or humanity or gender in a way contrary to the way He intends, we are walking a dangerous road. We are taking a path away from joy, meaning, and dominion, and one towards pain, despair, and slavery.
It is suicidal to set out on your own, humanity.
Just ask the first Adam.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.