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Recognize God’s Design                Romans 1 territory. As this world contin-

          But what about gender, the TQ+ part of   ues to turn away from the Creator and His
                                              design for us, we hear His warnings about
        the acronym? Are there really 16 genders   being given over “to dishonorable pas-
        (or even 72, as some claim)? And is there   sions” (Rom 1:26), so that we hear phrases
        a difference between sex and gender?   such as “I don’t feel like there’s anything
        Again, our safe space is Scripture. There
        are only two genders – male and female.   wrong with pursuing a homosexual re-
                                              lationship” or, “I don’t feel ashamed or
        “So God created man in his own image,   guilty about what I am doing.” This may
        in the image of God he created him; male   be a frightful conclusion as we consider
        and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).
        Nowhere in God’s Word is a distinction   the nearly exponential increase we are
        made between sex and gender. It won’t   seeing in the rejection of God’s design. But
                                              this doesn’t mean we should give up, nor
        do to say that when the Bible uses male/  does it lessen our responsibility to witness.
        female, it means biological sex, but when
        it refers to man/woman, it means gender.   Rather, it seems even more urgent to reach
        If so, why do we never read of a male   a perishing world.
        man, female woman, male woman or fe-  Reflect God’s Love
        male man? Also, gender is not something
        chosen by individuals (as they begin to   Every human being is to be treated with
        develop “gender-specific behaviors”) but   dignity and respect, regardless of their
        is assigned by God. Scripture refers to a   erroneous beliefs. Every person we meet
        “male child” and a “female child” in the   is made in God’s image, is loved by God
        earliest stages of life, long before such   and is one for whom Christ died. Our
        behaviors could be expressed. And gender   responsibility is to love lost sinners and
        is not merely about having certain body   attract them to the Savior, not repel them
        parts.  It is written into the DNA of every   by  unbecoming  speech  and  behavior.
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        cell in our bodies. No matter how a person   We discredit the gospel we claim to have
        may feel about their gender, true science   embraced if we speak in a demeaning or
        will lead anyone to recognize God’s de-  disparaging way about anyone. But it will
        sign. We are either male or female. Period.  not be loving to approve of behavior that
          But we live in a culture where feelings   the Bible denounces. Nor will it be loving
        are elevated above facts. We have seen a   to use pronouns which contradict God’s
        substantial rise in gender confusion within   design. Perhaps it may be wise to avoid
        the past decade in the West. It will likely   pronouns in such cases and use an indi-
        only escalate as teaching in many public   vidual’s name instead. It may turn into a
        schools on the subject encourages more of   gospel opportunity to invite someone for
        it. Its surge, along with the rise of all who   coffee to hear their story and share why
        identify with the LGBTQ+ movement,    you have the convictions you do from
        may be a sign of something more serious.   God’s Word.
        When emotions are more important than   Every lost soul needs exactly what we
        truth on these issues, we could be entering   once needed – salvation from sin which
        ⁴ There are extremely rare cases of those born   can only come through our Lord Jesus
        with ambiguous genitalia. Genetic testing can   Christ. They, too, need a safe space. And
        be performed to determine gender.     we, of all people, know where that is.

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