Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bruce Jenner’s Gender Indentity Confusion

20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! – Is. 5:20-21

Earlier this year, ABC aired an interview with Bruce Jenner, former Olympic decathlon winner and reality TV personality.  Hosted by Diane Sawyer, the 2-hour interview was Jenner’s reveal to the world about his lifelong struggle with his gender identity.  Born male, he’s remiss to think of himself as “a woman trapped in a man’s body,” but prefers to live his everyday life as woman instead of a man.[1]  He isn’t homosexual nor has he ever been attracted to men.  He has no current plans to change his anatomy.  But if he does, it isn’t to receive sexual gratification as a woman, but to further his feminine identity.  Thus we have a distinction between sexuality and gender identity.  “Sexuality” is loosely defined as who you go to bed with while “gender identity” is who you went to bed as.  If you’re not confused already, what this means is that Bruce is going to walk into a bedroom as a woman, take his dress off, hop into bed and perform as a man, then get out of bed and put his dress and makeup back on.  {Gasp}    

Jenner admits that God gave him “many wonderful qualities.”  But everyone has “stuff,” and the “stuff” that God gave Jenner was the desire to be female, even though he was created in a male body, he opines.  He then muses, "God's looking down making little Bruce.  He's looking down and he says, 'Okay, what are we going to do with this one?' … God looks down, chuckles a little bit and says, 'Lets give him a soul of a female, and let’s see how he deals with that!”  And how does he deal with that?  He concludes, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”                  

This is a Christian article written from a biblical perspective.  Therefore note that the first thing that Jenner does is blame God.  He’s essentially saying, “God made me this way.  It’s his fault!”  And since men wearing women’s clothes is sin, then Jenner is implying that God created him with sin in his life (Dt. 22:5).  He makes it sound as though God was sadistically toying with him.  But as James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”  And what about v. 14?  “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”  So who’s really at fault here? 

Man is made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27; Ps. 139:14), but our sin nature was inherited from Adam (Rom. 5:12-21).  So God didn’t create Jenner to sin; he didn’t create him male with female inclinations.  Sin did that – the sin that he inherited from Adam.  Jenner says that he knows what the Bible says (about dress), but he evidently doesn’t understand what it has to say about sin and salvation.  Scripture further teaches that God isn’t the Author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33), which is why he forbids men from wearing women’s clothes, and vice versa (Dt. 22:5).  But according to Jenner’s logic, God is the author of confusion because he created “little Bruce” male with female tendencies and then left him alone to reconcile the conflict.     
Jenner claims to be Christian; but then again, people can say anything (Mt. 7:21-23).  I wasn’t bothered by the fact that he “came out” on national television.  It doesn’t mean that I like it, or that I’m turning a blind eye to it.  What it means is that I understand that he’s just a small cog in a world system that rejects God, and so he’s only doing what lost people do – justifying their sin by blaming God and then swaying people with fair speeches and subtle appeals (Rom. 16:17-18).  They don’t see it as that, of course.  But that’s what it is: sin.  Jenner wants to “provide tolerance and understanding for all people.”  He wants everyone to “have an open mind and an open heart.” 

But open to what?  Sin and rebellion against God is the only gospel he’s espousing.  He wants to enjoy his sin but avoid the natural disgust that even unsaved moral people often have against people like him. 

But the deception deepens.  Jenner is taking hormones and surgically altering his body; thus his worldview begins and ends with his perceptions of himself and not God’s.  God created him male.  But in his understated arrogance, he’s changing his outward appearance to match his internal inclination for sin.  Evidently, God calling for him to be a man wasn’t good enough, and so he’s taking it upon himself to change it. 

And what of his children?  He still wants them to refer to him as “Dad” even though he’s wearing a dress and makeup!  He accuses God of creating confusion, but what kind of signal does this send!    

He says that at one point he was considering suicide so that he could “go to a better place.”  So he rejects what God has to say about himself and the origin of man’s sin, but then chooses to believe Satan’s lies!  Sin promises freedom, but only brings bondage and eternal torment.  Many view him as being brave and courageous for coming out as he did; the Bible sees him as a fool in his folly (Pr. 13:16).  He was no doubt earnest and sincere in discussing his struggles, but these are attributes that people frequently mistake as Truth.  Sincerity isn’t Truth, it’s just the manner in which thoughts are communicated.  All men are born with a sin nature; it’s just a matter of how it’s going to be revealed.  Jenner says he knows what the Bible says.  But instead of submitting himself to God’s Word and allowing God to change him, he’s chosen instead to remain in his life of sin.  Selah.

[1] He in fact has six children by three different women.  Fine moral example, eh?

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