Pastor Blake Williams
Shiloh Community Church, Missions & Outreach Pastor
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth….Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…Then the Lord God said, ‘it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” (Gen. 1:1, 26- 27, 2:18) “Male and female he created them…” right from the very beginning there has been a distinction. Culturally that has come under fire lately but if you believe in the Scripture, you can see clearly that God created man and woman differently. If we lose sight of this, there are few other truths that stand any chance of not becoming irrelevant or a matter of opinion.
I recently read a blog post by Matt Walsh (Read Here) that made me incredibly sad. In this article he is asking hard questions of the political left about the transgender movement and a really obvious ramification of that agenda. Now before anyone gets too riled up, I recognize that Matt Walsh is a lightening rod and I also want to assure you that this is not a political position paper by any means. In fact, I’m approaching this from the perspective of being a father to two young girls.
In this article Walsh talks about how transgender student Andraya Yearwood competed in and won the girls District Class M championship in the 100 and 200 meters in Connecticut in early June. The only other thing I really took away from the article was (It is my understanding that) that, had Andraya, a self proclaimed female and athlete, competed against athletes with the same anatomy, he (Andraya) would’ve finished in last place in both events. Andraya’s time in the 100M dash was 12.66 seconds and 26.08 seconds in the 200M dash. Kate Hall, last years winner finished second in the 100M with a time of 12.83 seconds, and third in the 200 meter race with a time of 26.65, closely behind Erika Michie who ran a 26.38. However, in the boys race, the 44th place male finisher clocked in at 12.52 seconds in the 100M, and the 34th and last place finisher in the 200M, clocked in at 25.59 seconds, both faster than Andraya. As a result, it is clear Andraya’s finishing time would not have earned first place when competing in male races.
When interviewed about what happened, this was Kate Hall’s quote: “That’s just the way it is now…I can’t really say what I want to say, but there’s not much I can do about it.” Another interesting detail from the story pertains to Andraya’s parents. When asked their view, their basic premise was that they don’t care about the other female competitors, as long as their own child is happy. This broke my heart and made me sad for our culture for a few reasons. First, I see the depravity of man on full display in the selfishness of this boy and his parents. Secondly, it bothers me that if someday my girls want to play competitive sports, they likely will not have the opportunity because of boys who self-identify as girls and take their spots.
As a sophomore in high school I played on our boys “C” team or sophomore team. At our massive 5A high school, our teams consisted of the following: freshman, C, JV, and Varsity teams. Most athletes followed that progression with the exception of a few juniors who played on varsity. Typically over 100 people try out for the teams and only 48 students would make the 4 rosters. Sporadically throughout the season, the girls varsity coach would ask our C team coach to scrimmage against his girls. In these scrimmages, we would typically dominate the girls, who were one of the best teams in the state. We were bigger, stronger, and faster at every position and 2-3 years younger. I use this as an example because from a very early age it’s typically apparent the physical differences between the genders. It also reminds me of what could have happened had this ridiculous cultural trend been in place when I was in high school. Some of the 50+ boys that were cut from the boys teams could have self-identified as girls and taken spots from anatomical females on the girls teams.
From 1848 to 1920, women fought vehemently for the right to vote and eventually gained that through the 19th amendment. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the American Feminist Movement made great strides in trying to level the playing field between men and women in the workplace. In 2011, for the first time, women made up a little more than half the workforce in the United States. Although the struggle to acquire equal pay for similar jobs is still a work in process, there have been strides in the right direction. If you’re interested in this Forbes wrote an interesting article that Pastor Scott passed along to me: Forbes.com
Sadly, much of that has now taken a backseat to the new social agenda of the transgender movement. Women are once again being silenced by men who are masquerading as women. Men are again telling women that their feelings, identity, and desires need to take a backseat. Speaking out for any of these things automatically labels someone as “homophobic,” “transphobic,” “bigoted,” or any number of other labels that can be ascribed to it. But why are we fighting so hard for a self-proclaimed identity of less than 2% of our country, rather than an anatomical identity of 50.8% of our population. Put numerically, we are telling 163,271,000 women that their rights are less important than just over 8,000,000 who self-identify as a different gender (male and female included).
As I said earlier, for me this is more about the world I’ll be raising my children in than anything else. It makes Brittany and me sad that we have to worry about whether our kids can go to public schools because they will be forced to share bathrooms with children of the opposite gender and taught things so counter to the Word of God that most of our time will be spent “unlearning” and re-teaching our children the truth of God’s Word. It makes me sad that sports, unless recreational, may not be a viable option for my girls. This makes me sad, not because I necessarily want my girls to play sports, but I would like them to have the option. Being a former college athlete and honestly a lifelong one, I learned a lot about life through sports. I firmly attribute many of the positive character traits that I have today to my time playing sports and the coaches that were role models to me.
My heart hurts for the youth of today and the cultural trends they’re exposed to and living through. Twenty years ago there were certainly problems but nothing compared to the 24/7 onslaught of social media and the pressures associated with not sharing your opinion unless it is politically correct. God’s Word and a belief in Him has become so demonized in our society that it is practically synonymous bigotry. But it is hardly narrow minded to say that there are legitimate anatomical and hormonal differences between males and females
Through all of this, my biggest fear is that churches have become so afraid of standing on truth that we’re going to become irrelevant. If we look so much like the world as individuals, how is it possible that the compilation of all our pieces will look like Jesus? We keep hoping that someone else will say something and stand up to the fury of the liberal agenda, but no one does. As long as we go down this road of being culturally tolerant, our children and our children’s children prepare for a world barely recognizable to the one we grew up in. In the end the question will no longer be, “What is happening?” it will have moved to “What did we let happen?”