It’s amazing that stories like the one above are becoming more and more commonplace. The report is about a young man in California who was recently chosen by his classmates to be the homecoming queen. The boy identifies as transgender—which means that he is biologically male but wishes to identify as a female.
The administration and his classmates have embraced his transition so enthusiastically that they have assigned him this most feminine of honors. Even the reporter refers to him consistently as “she” and “her”—as if the matter were cut and dry, settled beyond any reasonable doubt. And that is what makes this story so remarkable—that so many want to make it unremarkable.
One of the great worldview clashes that we face as Christians is the notion that gender is merely a social construct with no normative connection to biological sex. In this way of thinking, a person is whatever they think themselves to be. If a girl perceives herself to be a boy, then she is one even if her biology says otherwise. If a boy perceives himself to be a girl, then he is one even if his biology says otherwise. Gender is self-determined, not determined by the biological realities that the Creator has embedded into every cell in our bodies.
So one of the great challenges that we must overcome is the notion that thinking makes it so. When it comes to who we are as male and female, the matter is determined entirely by God quite apart from how we feel. At the end of the day, it’s an issue of revelation and authority, and the spirit of the age is casting off both.
[An earlier report gives a closer look at this child’s story. Notice how the report frames the story to normalize the transgender experience.]