Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
One of the most difficult issues of our time is self identity. It used to be such an easy issue. If you had male genitalia, you were male. If you had female genitalia, you were female. If you grew crops and raised livestock, you were a farmer. If you drove forklift, you were a warehouse worker. It really wasn’t all that difficult. Today, it is a hodgepodge of alphabetical nonsense. It is hard to know who, or even what, people are any more.
What do I mean by “what”? I wish I could quantify this is simple terms, but I can’t. The closest I get is to say we have become a “trans” society. Growing up, the term “trans” was often just part of words like transfer, transmission, and transient. Now we have trans-gender, trans-age, and even trans-species. There is no clear cut line as to who is what anymore. Today we inundated with people who identify as just about anything other than what they logically are.
I don’t want to waste too much time on the gender issue, as that is the easiest of issues. Your own DNA will forever betray you when it comes to gender. Gender for humans will forever be XX or XY. This is a simple matter of chromosomes. Your feelings mean nothing to your physical biology. I don’t want to sound harsh, but observational science wins this round, and there is no amount of surgery or hormonal therapy that can change that. In fact, there are many articles that exist in which we can read about people who have “transistioned” from male to female, or vice versa, and back again. Some many times over. In my mind’s eye, this tells me that what we have here is a psychological concern, not a biological concern. In some ways, it is akin to slapping Chevrolet logo on a Ford Bronco. You can certainly claim that it is a Chevrolet, but that doesn’t change that fact that it isn’t. Yes, I am well aware of how ludicrous my example is, but so is the situation.
Now, let us look at the concept of trans-species. This is a complicated one, however, it does exist. Many of us are likely aware of people who undergo surgery so that they can look like elves, vampires, and other such fantasy humanoids. Some of these people will even claim that they are “trans-species” in this regard. Actually, I’d rather call them “trans-humanoid” as they are merely trying to be a different type of human subset. Strange? Perhaps, but not really trans-species. It is when humans start identifying as an entirely different creature that we really have issues, and this does exist.
Back in January of 2016, so this is old news, a woman came out as claiming that she was a cat born in a human body. There is a video of her on Youtube, and she is dressed as a cat. She hissed at dogs, claiming it instinctive. As somebody who has four cats and two dogs, let me assure you that it isn’t instinctive, but rather a stereotypical behavior that while found in nature, is usually found only among those animals who have had previously negative experiences with animals of the other species. So, to that end, this woman plays up the stereotype, and claims she can see, hear, and smell things that regular humans can’t, never minding that her bio-morphology is thoroughly human.
I do not write this to ridicule her, as I know full well she is not alone. There are others out there as well. I have read of people who identify as dogs, pandas, and even dolphins. I write this to point out how we have reached a point in civilization where it is no longer possible to know how to refer to another person. It has reached the point where I wonder how much longer our society can hold out. To claim that the United States as whole is mentally ill make not be that much of a stretch. Russia seems to have a healthier mental outlook these days, and this is coming from somebody who was a child during the cold war.
What does the Bible have to say about this?
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.”
Seems pretty clear cut. We are created male and female, and in the image of God. What is the image of God? I have heard, and like to believe, that it has to do with the following attributes:
1. A reasonable mind
2. The ability to express love
3. Creative ability
This is not necessarily a complete listing, but it is the three attributes I hear most often when discussing what it means to be made in the image of God. No other creature upon this planet possesses these attributes. It doesn’t matter how well trained an animal, it will never possess a reasonable mind, though I have come question whether or not we humans have reasonable minds any more, or if we merely run purely off of emotion.
We are what we are created to be. God didn’t create us to be anything else. God doesn’t make mistakes. However, sin and vice have so shaped our culture and distorted our image that it is little wonder that things have come to be as they are now. I can’t say that I know the answer to how to get our society off of this self-extinctionistic path we are following, but I do believe that I know where we need to start. It starts with repentance. It starts with going to church and hearing the Gospel. It starts with hearing that we are created by God and we are the crowning of creation. You wouldn’t deface the crown of king, so why would you deface the crown of God’s creation, which is what we are?