“Transgender” Boy Illustrates Triumph of Self Over Nature

Jeff Robinson
May 7, 2008

This week I read one of the more disconcerting pieces of news in recent memory.

It seems that a seven-year-old boy in Douglas County, Colo., wants to start dressing as a girl and be addressed with a girl’s name. And the adults in his life (who should be guiding and teaching him) are apparently putting their unreserved imprimatur on his newfound identity.

“As a public school system, our calling is to educate kids no matter where they come from, what their background is, beliefs, values, it doesn’t matter,” said Whei Wong, Douglas County Schools spokesman.

According to one news report, Wong says the staff at this child’s school is preparing to accommodate the student and, in what would seem to be a gross understatement, said the school is ready “to answer questions other students might have.” These are, after all, omni-curious seven year olds.

Wong says teachers are planning to address the student by name instead of using gender-specific pronouns. The child will use the school’s two unisex bathrooms.

Not surprisingly, a socio-political organization called “TransYouth Family Advocates” is intimately involved in this boy’s life, “educating” both his family and Douglas County schools on the particulars of “gender transitioning” among children. Kim Pearson, executive director of TransYouth Family Advocates, said children as young as five years old are “realizing their true gender identity,” and her group wants “to help parents who may be resisting it.”

Parents should be-must be- resisting such utterly foolish and destructive counsel. God gives children parents, who ostensibly possess maturity and wisdom, and he calls parents to point their children to transcendent truth in times of confusion. He also calls them to protect their children from the wicked agenda of groups such as TransYouth Family Advocates, whose behavior in this case seems nothing less than predatory.

This is the latest, and perhaps most egregious example, of what theologian David Wells, in his latest book The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World, calls the exchange of nature for self. For nearly 1,800 years, humanity was spoken of as possessing “human nature,” and Christians understood that nature as being created by God in His own image. But in the post-Enlightenment world, Wells argues (correctly, I think) that self has emerged to eclipse the traditional understanding of nature.

“The self is our interior world, made up of our own thoughts, private intuitions, desire, yearnings, springs of creativity, particularities, all that makes us distinct from every other person. My self is what in fact is unique about me,” he writes. “I have a body like that of others, the same legs and arms, but my self is unlike what anyone else has.” An accomplice to the emergence of self, Wells argues, has been the newly perceived “right” to define one’s own existence. Therefore, I may be born a male biologically, but I say that I am a female or something in between, and so, I am whatever I define myself to be; there is no such thing as intrinsic nature. As illustrated in this tragic case that is unfolding in Colorado, anything is possible in this brave new world.

Sadly, a young boy in Colorado is being led down this insidious and deadly path, making Wells’ great exchange (which is of course nothing more than the great exchange of Romans 1)  by adults who are foolishly calling on him (a seven-year-old no less!) to embrace his inner self, which may in fact be a her. This case is also illustrative on a deeper level, for this exchange, this will to self-definition is surely driving much of the contemporary transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual agenda.

The effects of the Fall are profound and we must admit that the first Adam left in his wake a tsunami of existential confusion, broken relationships and self idolatry.

But thankfully, sin will not have the final word, for the Second Adam has come and has brought wisdom to the confusion, healing to the fractured relationships and is Himself a righteous King whose justifying grace smashes self idolatry to dust. Let us pray for this child in Colorado and for his family, that the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ would break in and bring light to their darkness.

(HT=The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood)

  1. I read this on CBMW today. I don’t even know how I would handle having a child that was convinced he/she should be the opposite sex. It would be gut-wrenching.

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