Bodies Matter

Recently, our governor signed into law AB 1266.

What is AB 1266? Here is the wording of AB 1266: ”A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

This reveals the conviction that human beings are not created male and female in any essential or important way – what matters is not one’s body, but what feels or believes he or she is. The male body and the female body are irrelevant to gender differentiation. 

What does the Word of God have to say?

God created humans as male and female. Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” This is reaffirmed in Genesis 5:2 which says, “He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.” Both of these passages deal with God’s physical creation.

Jesus supported and reiterated the Genesis account of Creation. He said in Matthew 19:4 “And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female…’”

When Jesus was raised out of the grave, He was given a resurrected body that the disciples could see, touch and relate. If the body was not important, Jesus could have just been raised spiritually or soulfully and not bodily.

The body matters.

Gender differentiation begins with the body. It is relevant because God made it relevant despite attempts by some who desire to make it irrelevant.

To be sure, there are a people who feel alienated from their identities as men or as women.  We live in a fallen world where alienation lives and breathes… always tempting us to recreate ourselves in ways that validate the alienation.

The solution is not to recreate what God has already sovereignly created, but in a loving relationship with Jesus who restores and makes whole those who are hurting and broken. By the way, that’s all of us in one way or another.

Something to think about…