By Denise Shick – BarbWire guest contributor
As I sat down to write this, I planned to—again—refute the latest (dubious) findings on genetic predispositions toward gender confusion. But then I thought, others are and will be doing just that, so for now I’ll leave it to them. (See, for example, “Is There a Genetic Component? Are People Born Transgender?” By Michael Brown.) That being the case, I’m going to look at this issue from a slightly different perspective.
I was born a sinner, just as was Israel’s King David—and just as was everyone reading this article. In Psalm 51:5, David wrote, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Just like King David, something within me draws me, mothlike, to sin’s enticing glow.
If you, dear reader, are honest, you know exactly what I’m referring to. You’ve felt that draw. You’ve struggled with that urge to omit that cash payment no one else knows about when you file your income tax return. Or perhaps, at some time, you’ve sat transfixed with your index finger poised above the enter button that, if pressed, would open a vista of intoxicating photos or videos. Maybe you’ve caught yourself starting to imagine life with someone other than your spouse. Maybe you came within a 10-count of beating up that guy who cussed at you.
We live in a world full of temptations. Most of us, at some point, learn that giving in to those temptations comes with a price, a price that is not worth paying. Some, sadly, do not learn that lesson. They pay the exorbitant price.
I am not conceding the notion that some people are born genetically predisposed to gender-identity issues. But, as I said above, for now I’ll leave that argument to others. My argument here, rather, is that every person who has ever lived in this crazy world was born with a nature that is drawn to do and say things that are detrimental to our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. The Bible calls giving in to those wrong urges sin.
So, even assuming, theoretically, that some people might be inherently more disposed to be gender confused, should those people pursue the desires prompted by their innate confusion? Is it in the best interest of society to facilitate or to oppose the efforts of those who want to fulfill their self-defeating desires?
Societies impose laws restricting personal liberties when those individual liberties pose dangers or unnecessary burdens to others. I might enjoy firing my 12-gauge into the sky at midnight in the middle of the city, but, for good reason, city ordinances prohibit my doing so. If I disobey those city ordinances, city officials will arrest me because my violations disrupt my neighbors’ sleep and places them in danger of injury.
Order and peace within a society requires that each citizen restrain his or her harmful impulses. Those who fail to restrain those harmful impulses pay a price.
The impulse to change one’s gender is not indulged in a vacuum. Whether the impulse is caused by genetics or by environmental factors, or by some combination of both, giving into it comes with a price —for the one with the impulse, for his or her loved ones, and even for society in general. Studies have shown the detrimental physical and emotional effects on those who undergo gender-reassignment surgery. And, as one who runs two ministries that aid the gender-dysphoric and their loved ones, I can attest to the emotional harm endured by those loved ones.
Even society at large is affected, as outlined in this Focus on the Family article.
Yes, each of us is born with a nature that sometimes pulls us in dangerous directions. As members of society, we owe it to one another to pull our neighbors back from the cliff edge, not to hand them a helmet and wish them well as the cavern calls out to them to jump.
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