As a biology major, one of my favorite classes was embryology. I can remember being in awe of the idea of cell differentiation. Literally, moments after conception, the newly-created human life begins to go through a micro-transformation at every level as cells migrate and initiate the formation of various organs and body parts.
Under normal conditions, by the seventh week, the manifestation of a child's sex begins to reveal itself as distinctive physical characteristics that will biologically identify this child as a boy or a girl. Yet, while it may have taken seven weeks for us to observe this process visually taking place, the gender of this baby was predetermined at conception by the simple presence or lack of a "Y" chromosome. This is a biological fact, and every cell within the human body is tied to this reality.
And yet somewhere today, elementary school children listen intently as their teacher reads to them during story time. The book is about a boy who decided he was really a girl. Naturally, as the children listen, they become confused and begin to question their own gender.
Just across the street, at the local middle school, a 13-year-old boy walks into the girl's locker room to change clothes for gym class. A number of girls are unsettled at having a biological male that identifies as a girl watch as they undress. Yet, their teachers and principal have been very vocal and adamant that this is the new norm. The girls that innately know this is wrong are shamed for their "old-fashioned" beliefs.
Across town, the high school track and field state tournament comes to an end. As medals are presented for the girls shot put, two biological teen boys step onto the first- and second-place platforms. How is the third-place finisher expected to feel given she took first-place last year?
Still another scenario is playing out at the local department store. As a young woman tries on a new outfit, she is shocked to see a man walk into the changing area next to her. When she complains to the clerk, she is simply told that the man identifies as a woman and to get with the times.
A classic story of old can hopefully open our eyes once again today: As the Emperor looked at the new "clothes" set before him, everyone knew that it was all a facade. Instead of a brilliant new fabric, the alleged weavers were selling him a lie. When he walked out in public, he had no clothes on his body. Yet the Emperor, his staff, and the other adults in the kingdom went along with the obviously concocted fabrication—even though they knew it wasn't true. For them, it was more important to appear wise. But in so doing, they only proved to the world that they were really fools.
Now, simply confronting the biological reality of one's gender will not diminish the painful mental condition associated with gender dysphoria or those very rare cases in which there is a chromosomal disorder involved. And so, as Christians, we must always speak truth with compassion and try to help people who are struggling with their prescribed gender. I use the word prescribed because we don't get to choose our sex, much like we don't get a say as to who our birth parents are.
Yet, as we all know, much like the Emperor's clothes, just because someone believes or "identifies" as if something is real doesn't make it so. It will take a lot more than someone's mental state to change their DNA and every cell within their body.
Since the beginning of recorded time, gender has always been tied to one's biological makeup, as defined by the "X" and "Y" chromosomes. The veracity of this truth is rooted in science, and no amount of cultural or social pressure can change that. Yet, culture has our children putting on "new clothes", and the repercussions will be devastating. Are we truly ready to reinvent the reality of basic biology?
As the child gazed upon the Emperor, he was absolutely certain that his king had no clothes on. For parents, let us be "real" with our kids and protect both women and children from this latest, very dangerous cultural experiment. It is the physical laws of biology, and not one's "identity," that dictates a person's sex. God help us all if we allow our children to put on culture's new clothes.
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