Men, when we look for signs of God’s displeasure with our declining culture, a recent tweet from the ALCU gives one pause: “On International Women’s Day, here’s your reminder that trans women are women.” This proclamation declares that a biological man who thinks himself to be a woman is, in fact, a woman. In a follow-up tweet, the ALCU then says almost in defiance to any opposition, “No one gets to tell us what it means to be a woman. Not our bosses. Not the government.” “So, take that!” is the inference. In response, Glenn Stanton notes in The Daily Citizen™, “What we have going on here is a redefinition of the word and its redefiners are being dishonest about this fact. The trans prefix itself proves the point. It…literally means “Not a female, but feels he is.” Even though the Oxford English Dictionary defines a woman as an “adult female human being,” the ACLU wants to reserve the right to define transwomen as women. But as Stanton states, “They do not have the right to change that important and fundamental definition for everyone else.” He ends by saying, “To resist their efforts is called reason. Calling it transphobic is not a counterargument. It’s just name-calling.”
Men, this is an attempt to change our view of reality by simply stating a woman can also be a man. The ACLU’s statements attempt to create an “objective” view of reality – but they fall short. The written Word of God offers a different view of reality: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Tim. 3:16-17).
“The word Paul uses indicates not that Scripture itself or its human authors were breathed into by God, but that the Scripture was brought into existence by the breathing out by God” (Bible Speaks Today). Simply put, these are the words God has given us to live by. Jesus himself declared, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 3:4). I well remember memorizing these passages in the early 1960’s while attending a Bible school in southern California. Little did I realize how important my commitment to making the Scriptures the final authority in all matters of faith and life would be.
My wife and I survived the turbulent 60’s, began our family, and ministered as a clergy couple for 40 years. Through it all the Bible has been a reliable guide, giving us a clear view of reality in a growing spiritual wasteland. For 55 years, Judy and I have committed to learning and teaching Scripture. As Isaiah says, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
I humbly encourage you to make the Bible your “go to” on all matters of faith and practice. After following the Lord for over 60 years through some significant cultural upheaval, I challenge you to:
- First, submit your thinking to the authority of Scripture.
- Second, integrate and apply Scripture to your life.
- Third, check all other views of reality against what the Scriptures teach.
The more I dig, the more I explore the claims of other religions, and the more I seek the God of truth in the midst of it all, the more I find that the scriptures reveal truth, and it is the truth that sets us free.