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Minnesota High School League Adopts Transgender Policy

posted Dec 9, 2014, 10:44 AM by First Baptist


 

Last week, the board that oversees high school athletics in Minnesota overwhelmingly approved a policy that would allow transgender students to participate in girls’ sports.

 

The dictionary defines a “transgender” as a person who “identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth.”

 

The policy would thus allow a boy who “consistently or sincerely” identifies as a girl to participate on a girls’ athletic team.

 

Bear in mind that this policy applies to boys who are “fully male” anatomically & biologically (including greater muscle mass), but nevertheless identify as female.

 

They need not be taking estrogen or have undergone any surgery in order to qualify. All that’s required is “sincerity” in their identification, as attested to by a parent and a health care professional.

 

The board still has to decide whether the boy who identifies as a girl and plays on the girls’ basketball team must be allowed to shower with the girls. (I’m being serious here.)

 

Predictably, the Minnesota governor (a liberal Democrat) slammed those who opposed the new policy. He denounced the opposition as “hate-mongerers,” “despicable” and “absurd.”

 

 

How might those of us with a

biblical worldview think about this?

 

 

Of course, there’s a safety & fairness issue (bigger, stronger young men competing against young women), as well as a propriety issue (boys & girls sharing a locker room). But at its root, the transgender movement represents another rejection of the sovereignty of God who “created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

 

In other words, God determines our gender, not us. God then desires that every male grow to masculinity and every female to femininity.

 

Focus on the Family has published a helpful position paper on the transgender movement. I quote several points from that paper:

 

§  We must remember that those who struggle with their gender identity have lived lives of great pain, confusion and rejection. We must humbly share God’s love with them, lift them up in prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to bring about conviction, healing and transformation.

 

§  We affirm the Christian view that to be human is to be holistically united as body and spirit. Often, transgender advocates hold to the pagan view that the body is a container that the spirit is poured into. As such, they erroneously conclude that God has mistakenly put an opposite-gendered spirit into the wrong body.

 

§  We call upon parents to take a positive role in their children’s development by providing them with a strong, Christian example of what it means to be male and female.

 

§  We believe we care called to proclaim the truth and beauty of God’s design and that redemption from sexual brokenness in our lives and culture can only come through Jesus Christ.

 

 

Pastor Dan

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