Now the secular media is working hard to normalize transgender behavior!
It’s becoming more apparent every day that our Western cultures have drifted far from a biblical view of morality. Society is no longer basing its thinking on God’s Word but, instead, everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in regard to marriage and gender. With the rampant acceptance of homosexual behavior and same-sex “marriage,” the attention is now shifting toward transgender behavior. The media is working hard to normalize this behavior and make sure that society wholeheartedly accepts it. They insist that it’s natural and perfectly acceptable behavior as long as it makes the individual happy.
Well, ABC Family television is beginning a new reality series called Becoming Us. This show features the story of a young man, Ben, whose parents are divorced and whose father is transitioning to living as a woman. Ben’s girlfriend’s dad is likewise transitioning. While the show does portray the struggle faced by the family and the transgender individual, like the majority of the media, this show again tries to normalize and celebrate transgender behavior. Some media outlets are praising this new show, among others on ABC Family, as “remarkably progressive” and as having a “lighter, family-friendly style.” It’s considered yet another example of the media “embracing and supporting transgender people” as it “approach[es] its subjects as it would any other family.”
Shows like this are increasingly being applauded for embracing the supposed positive choices of transgender individuals. But what does God’s Word say? Well, Genesis tells us that God created us “male and female” (Genesis 1:27). Jesus reaffirmed this distinction in the New Testament when He said, “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female’” (Matthew 19:4). We have been uniquely and distinctly designed as male and female. Of course, the Curse (Genesis 3) has affected everything—including our maleness and femaleness. Because of the Curse, some people may genuinely feel as if they aren’t the male or female that God made them to be. But our feelings should not dictate our morality! Morality is grounded in God’s unchanging Word, not in our feelings. Romans 1 teaches us what happens when people rebel against God’s Word and the natural order of things.
Of course, even while we need to recognize sin as sin, we also need to be compassionate and loving toward those individuals who are struggling. We need to point them toward Jesus Christ and the forgiveness and grace that He freely offers. Because of His death on the Cross and His Resurrection from the grave, anyone, regardless of who they are or what they have done, is able to receive the free gift of salvation (John 3:16). Just like everyone else, transgender individuals need to turn to Christ and receive His salvation by repenting and trusting in His death and Resurrection. And as Christians, we need to lovingly and gently point others toward the gospel. And it’s important for us all to know this Scripture: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.