The new Western progressive view of sexuality claims that there are no given sexual identities. Each individual creates his, her “hir”, “zir”, “nir”, “vis”, “eir” or “Xyr” sexual self-definition in our approaching “just” society. No opposition will be considered. Here are some recent expressions of sexual self-determination:
A 60-something Bruce Jenner, one of the world’s greatest male athletes, has fashioned himself as a 30-something female pin-up who recently won the ESPN Arthur Ashe athletic award for courage;
In Toronto, a 6’2″, 46-year-old father has convinced himself that he is a 6-year-old girl, with the blessing of the Metropolitan Christian Church; At a 2016 United Methodist forum for their VBS programs, the Reconciling Ministries Network demanded workers to “drop the gender binary” by avoiding such offensive language as “boys and girls”; In the UK the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England for school-children between 13 and 18 asked students to complete a questionnaire choosing from 22 “gender types,” included “gender non-conforming,” “tri-gender” and “gender fluid.”
Those who feel trapped in a body they don’t think matches their inner sexual identity have sometimes turned to drugs and surgery to create a new identity. It has been a failure. Objective scientific studies documenting the failure of this approach are often dismissed or ignored by government agencies.
Paul McHugh, during his forty years as University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School, saw exponential growth in sex-change interventions, done to accommodate “how you feel about yourself rather than the facts of nature.” His surgery team concluded that the practice brought no important benefits and they stopped offering such treatment as far back as the 1970s. A study in Sweden showed that “ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.” Alas, these studies “had little influence on the emergence of this new idea about sex, or upon the expansion of the number of ‘transgendered’ among young and old.”
The movement seems unstoppable. The Obama administration has gone on record to ban any form of “conversion therapy” for young people who are unsure of their gender identity. A doctor recommending such therapy could lose his license–while sex-change operations continue. We are in the presence of a determined ideology that will not suffer hindrances, even in the face of scientific evidence.
We were promised by early homosexual rights advocates that granting personal sexual freedom would not change society. History has proven otherwise. Sexual radicals now demand “non-offensive” pronouns: “ze (he or she) laughed; I called hir (‘heer’); hir eyes gleam; that is hirs; ze likes hirself (‘heerself’).”
Such “respectful” non-discriminatory language may soon be demanded in polite society. College campuses are regulating acceptable public discourse, and such regulation will soon move down into public schools. Where will this ideological bullying take us? Over 65 years ago, George Orwell predicted the answer to that question in his book 1984 (a fictional account of the takeover of the West by a totalitarian regime). “Big Brother” says:
Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else, and we control the mind…We are breaking down the habits of thought…we have cut the links between child and parent…between a man and a woman…in the future there will be no wives…
The subject is no longer limited to single issues such as same-sex marriage or transgender rights. These elements represent a comprehensive ideology that has rejected God as Creator, and will be imposed on the culture by ideologues determined to stamp out any memory of the truth.
Are Christians ready? “If anyone wants to be my disciple, let him take up his cross and follow me.” We comfortable Western Christian believers have doubtless forgotten that timeless word of Jesus. There can be no ignoring it now. Will we speak the Gospel in love in such an intimidating culture? Silence is not an option, since we all have to use pronouns! Clear speech is part of the calling of truthXchange. The future Orwellian world, with its elimination of gender distinctions, will inevitably produce a pagan Oneist culture. But whatever the cost, such a culture will still need to hear the clear sound of the Gospel. Only a Twoist discourse about God the great Other, the only Creator and Redeemer, will survive and eventually triumph. That is what the Truth does, and it triumphs through the Cross.