Psalm 139:13-16 – “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” NKJV
I am troubled with the hoopla over people like Bruce Jenner and others. He decided he was truly a woman and went through the extensive effort to become a woman. Truthfully, no man can become a woman and no woman can become a man. The chromosomes remain the same before and after any operations. I heard a psychologist say that people who engage in this behavior have a mental health issue and I would not argue that. This whole “transgender” fervor and the overt and covert declarations that God blew it in creating people troubles me deeply.
The question I have, and until now have given almost zero thought to is: “What will people like Bruce or Caitlynn Jenner say to God when they stand before Him?” Will they tell God He blew it? Obviously, they believe He did so how do we square this type of behavior with the Bible?
David declared in Psalm 139 that man is “fearfully and wonderfully made” and that God knew our members, parts, gender, etc. before we were even conceived. If we believe that God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent how do we reconcile the suggestion that He screwed up in creating us? Bill Gothard said years ago that those particular physical characteristics in each of us were marks of ownership and a recognition that God did not make mistakes.
I guess if we pressed this to the limit, we would have to question other cosmetic attempts to fix what God created in our human bodies. Honestly, I do not know how to answer those questions, although I have an opinion, I have not thought, researched, and prayed it through to the place of having a core conviction regarding it. I know in my own heart that I am a Creation of God and God is Perfect! I have to believe that He knew what he was doing in creating me. He made me a male, gave me the particular physical traits that I have, and since He knows the end from the beginning, I would be inclined to believe that He did it for a reason.
I was not created 6’5″ with six-pack abs and each of us have likely, from time to time, questioned why some part of our bodies were created as they were. Personally, in my one life and body, I understand some of them and others I simply accept. Why are some members of the same family able to dip into the gene pool and have a full head of hair and others given to male pattern baldness? There are so many physical traits that we could delve into but if we accept what God has created and focus on Him, not some perceived deficiency in us we will be ahead in the game of life.
I am convinced that if I lament the abundance or lack in a particular aspect of my physical frame, I will open the door to the devil to create an unhealthy condition in my heart. I will become prone to question God in all things, not just those particular things. I will miss the reality and truth that I am ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and my frame is His design as is my gender.
I would not have the audacity or courage to stand before God and say, “Sorry Father, but you blew it when you created me.” We are told that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and if we do not like the temple can that spill over into not liking the architect of the temple?
I find myself looking at this matter and although I probably won’t give it a lot of time. I sense that we are going to be dealing with people in church and life who have questions that we need to have answers for. I would ask that you examine your heart, God’s Word, and prepare to give answers to those who challenge and honestly inquire. We are to be ready to give an answer to every man for the reason of the hope that is in us. Know what you believe and why?
God bless you!