When it comes to the question of gender, God’s Word is clear, “So God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). God has created humans male and female. (A tiny percentage of people can have genetic issues in this fallen world, but that does not negate the created order.) Gender is not on a spectrum, men cannot become women, and women cannot become men. And that clear biblical teaching (which is also obvious from biology)—accepted by nearly everyone until very recently—has been declared “incompatible with human dignity” by a British court.
A Christian emergency doctor in the UK, Dr. David Mackereth, was fired for stating that, should the situation arise, he would not call a biological man a woman. In a court decision regarding his firing, the ruling declared:
Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals. . . in so far as those beliefs form part of his wider faith, his wider faith also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others. (emphasis added)
Biblical beliefs, and the Christian faith itself, are now considered, by this British court, not “worthy of respect” (this is especially ironic considering Britain has a state church, the Church of England). So much for the message of tolerance and inclusivity that the culture supposedly prizes! They are only tolerant and inclusive of those who agree with them!
But this decision should not surprise us. There is a spiritual battle raging around us (Ephesians 6:12), and the divide between what is Christian and what is not is becoming increasingly blatant. Intolerance and hostility towards Christian and biblical beliefs is soaring, reminding us of what Jesus said,
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:18–20).
We are thankful that Dr. Mackereth intends to appeal the courts’ decision, and we pray that the courts will recognize freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
I discussed the item today on Answers News with cohosts Avery Foley and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:
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