The psychological issues surrounding ‘transgenderism’ is a growing problem in modern-day society. Not only do a lot of people disagree on the topic, but it causes social hatred among different groups of people who have conflicting views on the subject, which is resulting in serious levels of distress, confusion and depression.
Ben Shapiro – an American conservative political commentator – speaks out about transgender people and surrounding issues to a large crowd in Los Angeles.
“The idea that sex and gender are malleable is not true,” he says. And this strong statement is a worthy one – he doesn’t deny anyone’s humanity status, however, he does make it clear that people are not “the sex they claim to be”.
So let’s define “gender identity”: it is simply how people experience themselves as male or female, including how masculine/feminine they feel. “Gender dysphoria” refers to deep discomfort over the biological sex and one’s psychological and emotional experience of gender, and this seems to be a reoccurring phenomenon experienced by the victims of transgenderism.
Ben Shapiro continues to say that: “saying that men are women and women are men is biologically wrong. You can’t magically change your gender, sex or age. Just because you can do things legally doesn’t mean that they’re right nor biologically correct.”
The Bible highlights in Deuteronomy 22:5: “A woman must not wear man’s clothing, nor is a man to put on a woman’s clothing. For all that do so are abominations to the Lord, your God.”
During the speech that was captured via social media, Ben Shapiro stood up humbly to a 23-year-old young girl who said that it is okay for others to claim whatever gender/sex they wish and she said that he should be more “open-minded”.
However, Ben Shapiro believes that these transgender movements are not a matter of being open-minded.
He says: “You can’t sacrifice truth because some people are going to suffer because of the truth.”
Another thing that he shines light on is the fact that third-world country suicide rates are far less than in first-world countries. More and more people who are transgender are committing suicide, and the more we preach and say that it is ‘okay’ – the bigger problems it is causing. Bullying is more likely to occur, and has been, because others in society condemn the idea of transgenderism.
He makes it clear that there is an importance in being and true to our self no matter the issue or time in society.
One thing we have to take into consideration though, is that transgender issues is a sensitive topic and our job as Christians is to “rightly divide the word of truth” and we will love and reach out to everyone we encounter.
We must treat others, as we want to be treated!
So let’s not forget through Hebrews 13:1-5 to: “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and t hose who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
So despite the noise of such issues, as Christians, we must remain open with a loving heart, but raising awareness on the issue may help in one way or another…so let’s hold faith and pray for those affected.
Written by Gemma Smith