God Cares About Your Gender Identity More Than You Do

After a recent post on the gender-confusing recent events in Naperville, IL, I realized that I had lost something in the words – compassion for these sinners – administrators, organizers, and students alike. Today, I want to put it positively:

God Cares About Your Gender Identity More Than You Do
This theme starts right where it all starts for us – at creation. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them, (Genesis 1:27).”

God creates “man” in His image by creating two sides of the same coin – man and woman. Now, some people claim that this makes men and women indistinguishable, but that logic is backwards. The very fact that God delineates between men and women while placing them both squarely in the category of imago dei means that there is sameness (God’s image) and difference (gender).

This is confirmed in chapter two when God creates woman as man’s “helper” (Genesis 2:18). Here, man is created first, then woman – and the order matters. Man is created as the “head,” if you will, and woman is the “body.” Man is the servant leader, and woman the lead servant.

Both are important and valuable, but only one is the leader and only one is the helper – the greatest helper ever made! Greater than all the other creatures!

Sin Confirms and Contorts Gender Identity
Genesis 3 reveals the flip-side of gender roles. What does the Fall have to say about gender? Quite a lot, it turns out.

When Eve decides to listen to, then agree with, the serpentine tempter himself, Adam is standing around picking his nose. He’s not doing his job. Then, when God marches into the garden, He doesn’t call out both man and woman. He only calls for the husband: “Where are you?” The “you” here is masculine, 2nd-person, singular. “Where are you, Adam?” is what it means.

When God hands out the consequences for sin, Adam’s are worse than Eve’s. He gets his work (the ground) and life (back to dust) cursed; she only gets childbearing pain. I don’t mean to minimize childbearing pain, because both are serious punishment. Only Adam’s is called a curse.

We see, then, that the Fall confirms and contorts gender roles. He who God created to be a leader had followed his wife be eating the fruit she handed to him, then when God came to ask him about it he blamed her. We see that the gender roles – the very man+wife relationship – is all twisted, backwards, and upside-down.

God Still Cares More
In so many stories of the Bible – Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Rachel, Boaz and Ruth, Christ and His female disciples – we have pictures of what it means to be a godly man and a godly woman in the marriage relationship. And since marriage is the penultimate relationship to the infinite God-man union, marriage has much to say about gender roles.

As we have seen, God didn’t create men and women as arbitrary, pointless, basically identical sets of people. No, he made men and women both in His image, but both very different. Only one is the leader; and one is the right helpmate.

Oh, lost man or woman, confused about what it means to be male or female, know this – God made you as He did for a purpose! Embrace it! Don’t let this world tell you what it means to be a man or woman! Look to your Maker! Look to the One who lived, died, and rose again for confused, helpless men and women! Trust in Christ!

See, God wants us to know Him as Father, not Mother. God wants us to know Him as Groom, not Bride. God wants us to know Christ as Brother, not Sister. God cares about gender, and He cares more about your gender identity more than you do.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to God Cares About Your Gender Identity More Than You Do

  1. I found your site browsing through WordPress. Where I agree is that the great challenge for us evangelical Christians is to give a positive account of gender. Christians are not anti-feminist, anti-homosexual, anti-anything at heart. These negations come from God’s Yes in Christ. Male and female, with the more ambiguous concepts of masculinity and femininity, are good.

    May I offer a theological concern? I see you arguing strictly within Genesis, doing a first-is-most-important line of argumentation. But isn’t the crux of the matter with sex and gender something to do with Christ and His bride, the Church? I wonder if your positive account would be more forceful starting at the end of the Bible. Try starting with Rev 21-22, then moving back to Eph 5, then the gospels, then the prophets, then (and only then) commenting on Genesis 1-3.

    • B Treece says:

      Nathan,

      Thanks for writing, and sorry it took me so long to get to this. I was sick over the weekend.

      I like your word about how all of our “anti”s “come from God’s Yes in Christ.” That’s a great point. God is mainly for truth, for the gospel, for life, for men, for women, for children, for marriage, for family, for justice, for grace, because He is for His glory.

      Your theological concern is fair in one sense – I do argue mainly from Genesis in that particular article – but false in another sense – I don’t see Genesis as less important (“Then and only then commenting on Gen. 1-3”) than the rest of Scripture. That’s all backwards, it seems. The story starts there, then move through the rest of Scripture. I could have written more (prophets, Gospels, epistles, Revelation), but would not have written less.

      Next time, though, I’ll try to round it out more (which I’ve done in other articles, too).

      Thanks again,
      Britt
      crossonmyback

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