A pastor in Houston has imagined a novel new reason to support transsexual bathroom laws. “God is a transsexual,” he insists. But in fact, God is a spirit. That’s like calling a creature from a distant planet in deep space “international” because he isn’t from the USA. God is not between genders: He is beyond gender. (Not to mention the fact that God doesn’t require a restroom.)
Just about a month ago, some anonymous soul put seven simple words on a plain white billboard on a county road in North Carolina: “Real men provide, real women are grateful.” It created a firestorm that rushed through the social media and spawned angry debates on national TV. Had the sign said just the reverse, “Real women provide, real men are grateful,” not an eyebrow would have even been raised. In the words of the Joker, “Why so serious?”
This week, the Barna Group released results of a study that indicates only 39% of evangelical Christians would accept a woman as pastor. This clearly indicates the vast majority of evangelicals are bigots who hate women, right? Except the same survey finds that 73% of those same Christians would be comfortable with a woman as President of the USA. That virtually matches the 75% of Americans at large who feel that way.
Many Americans love and respect women, and also believe in the secular agenda that men and women are interchangeable. Many other Americans, conservative Christians, love and respect women but accept the authority of God’s Word. That amazing Bible not only teaches that men and women are equal in the sight of God (Galatians 3:28;) but also teaches that elders in a church should be males (1 Timothy 3: 1 – 7;) and that a husband should be a spiritual leader in his home (Ephesians 5: 22 – 33.)
Christian churches not only respect women, we rely on them. The same was true in the first century. Jesus shocked Jewish culture by allowing women to travel with him as he ministered. His ministry was financially underwritten by women. He encouraged women like Mary and Martha to leave the kitchen and sit with the men while he taught them. He illustrated the injustice of condemning a woman caught in adultery while strangely allowing her partner in sin to go untouched.
But while Jesus included numerous courageous women among his disciples and even close friends, he selected only a few men to be his apostles. You can disagree if you dare, or you can wonder what his reasoning might have been; but you cannot call that amazing man a bigot.
There is no doubt that our divine Creator is a spiritual being who is beyond race, age, and gender. But when he reached out to teach us how to relate to him, he instructed us to call him Father. Perhaps it’s only a symbol designed to teach us something valuable. But rather than demanding the right to our own version of the Bible and our own politically correct definitions, many of us believe it would be wise to let God be God.
And so we continue to live with the Mystery.
To hear this week’s message, The Mystery of a Man and a Woman, click here. And lift up the Cross!