The Following Article was written by Norwester Editor Lindsey Foster, yesterday. The article suspiciously, has since been removed from their website. I was able to capture the text in its entirety though, so I present to you, what I feel is a rather disturbing article. Lindsey demonstrates transphobia and ignorance towards global medical standards, based on a bible-thumping attitude. It saddens me to think that a newspaper in Canada, would still publish stuff like this in 2013, but it is proof that there is still much work to be done before transgender people can live in a world that is free from hate and discrimination.
Nov 7, 2013
The Transgender Issue
by Lindsay Foster
Our world has changed so much in the past thirty years. Some of this change has definitely been for the better! Imagine going back to the days with no dishwashers, where air conditioning in vehicles was a rarity, if not impossible to attain. Imagine life without cell phones [well ok, we can and likely should live without those]. There are other things we could mention in this category. However, there are some things that have changed in our society that I would rather not have changed. I believe some of this digressing has helped lead our nation down a road of liberalism and compromise of the values that have shaped our society for generations.
One of the values I refer to is the fact that God has created us [human beings] to be male and female; we are created in His image for His glory. I do not presume to speak for everyone in our society, but I do believe that many in our communities are concerned about the ways and locations in which the liberal agenda is being pushed. I would have never imagined that I would see the day where in a publicly-funded institution a cross dressing-transgender celebration day was promoted, but to my horror that day is here. I thought that for my column this week I would reflect on how I, a Christian minister of the full Gospel of Jesus Christ, see the transgender issue.
I believe the Christian church should be dedicated to defending the honor, dignity, value and equality of the two sexes as created in God's image, male and female, each bringing unique qualities to sexuality and relationships. Each of the two sexes is a glorious gift from God, meant to be offered back to Him for procreation and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ. Not only do male and female together reflect the image of God, but their coming together in a marriage relationship to bring forth new life is used in Scripture as a reflection of God's relationship with His people. Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a bride and groom. The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people, of Christ and His bride, described in Revelation. Gender matters. In recent years, a revisionist transgender theology has been put forth in some theological circles that violates God's clear design for the sexes. This distorts His image and His plan for sexuality, marriage, family and the just and proper ordering of society.
I affirm God's design for the two sexes. Sexual relations are to take place between one man and one woman. I disagree with homosexual liberal theologies as contradictory to the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. I oppose the ordination of "transgender" and "transsexual" individuals and the celebration of transgenderism as one of God's gifts. I believe the modern transgender movement is working to dismantle the concept of gender as the Bible and the world have always known it to be. If the liberals succeed, there will be striking consequences for marriage, family and society at large. I believe that God's intent for sexuality and gender is being turned upside down. We must remember that those who struggle with their gender identity have lived lives of great pain, confusion and rejection. And, just as Jesus went out of his way to reach the hurting of society, we are called to share His love and freedom as shared in the gospel. I do not believe in hatred, violence, or bullying of any sort! I would encourage parents and persons of influence everywhere to take a proactive role in their children's development by providing them with a strong, Biblical example of what it means to be male and female. Many of the problems associated with transgenderism, like confusion and pain, stem from a lack of positive role modelling and guidance. Children must be taught that, just as each individual life has holy worth, also each gender brings its own unique characteristics of worth to relationships, family and society. I believe that we are called to share the truth and beauty of God's design and the redemption of sexual brokenness in our lives and culture through Jesus Christ. Like all of us, transgendered individuals are desperately in need of God's truth and deserve to know the love and compassion of Christ as shown through His people. I do not believe our publically funded institutions should be used to promote lifestyles that are logically and morally flawed.
I realize that when a group stands for Biblical truth and absolutes in our age they open themselves up to the sneering of those with the opposite agenda. We hear so much today from the liberals about inclusion, acceptance and tolerance. I perceive that we have arrived at a day when there is the aforementioned for everyone besides those with a Biblical view of morality and truth. But then again, hasn’t it always been that way?