If one were to turn back the clock 15 or 20 years, the words transgender or transgenderism would not have much (if any) meaning to most people. The push for the cultural acceptance of transgenderism is a relatively recent phenomenon. However, if we think through the secular worldview, which is based in evolution, transgenderism is a consistent outworking of that worldview.
The Bible teaches the that the Creator created the entire universe and everything in it in 6 days (Genesis 1). The Bible also teaches that the Creator has ultimate authority over the universe and governs it as He sees fit. Every creature within creation must ultimately submit to the Creator’s law governing that creation.
In contrast, the worldview of evolution emphasizes the absence of any design or Creator who gives law and direction. In this worldview, life originated through random chance, and continues to evolve through the principle of natural selection. The concept of natural selection is also described in evolution as the survival of the fittest. This phrase emphasizes the fact that in evolution those lifeforms that are best equipped to survive (i.e., fittest) do survive. Thus, the concept of evolution is inherently anti-Scripture.
It makes sense then, that for those who hold to evolution, there is no moral governance except the pursuit of self-fulfillment. Autonomy is the natural outworking of evolution because the individual is interested in what is benefits them most. In many cases this simply becomes a question of what makes the individual the most happy.
For the Christian, Scripture is clear that the Creator has designed two genders, male and female (Gen 1:27). Furthermore, God is the one who designs each individual and determines their physicality (cf. Ps 139:13-16; Exod 4:11). In the biblical worldview, body and spirit are united into one grand and glorious creation of God. Therefore, men or women have no right to act contrary to their God-ordained sex (cf. Deut 22:5).
Applying the worldview of evolution to the issue of transgenderism, if an individual wants to alter his or her body in a way which makes him or her happy, why would that be wrong? There is no moral guideline outside of an individual’s desire. If transitioning to male or female gives an individual an advantage or some sort of benefit, why not? Transgenderism is simply the logical outworking of an evolutionary worldview which removes the Creator (who gives law and regulation to creation) and exalts the moral autonomous authority of the individual with regard to sex and his or her body.
Obviously there is a major difference between the Christian worldview and the worldview of evolution. But this is also not simply an academic discussion about the worldviews of creation and evolution because transgenderism causes real harm to individuals. It is out of compassion for those who are deceived and suffering that Christians ought to speak with clarity about God’s design for His creation.
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