Why the confusion?
The issue of our gender identity is a hotly contested subject in our current day and age, 2022. A rapid shift in our culture over the last 10-15 years has seen once held norms in the area of gender, now become an open-ended question. Some social media platforms have a list of more than 70 gender identities to choose from.
As Christians who see God as our creator, we know and believe that only He can truthfully and faithfully tell us who we are, and also tell us what is broken about us as human beings. Yes, we are broken as human beings. This explains all of the confusion around gender identity.
As Christians, we absolutely believe that some people suffer with gender dysphoria. That is that their biological gender conflicts with their thoughts, feelings, and desires of who they think they are in gender. Some people think and believe they are a male trapped inside a female body or vice versa. Some people think and believe that they are genderless, neither male nor female.
The western culture we live in is becoming increasingly accepting of this concept or way of thinking. So hence we have gender confusion growing in our community.
God's master plan
In order to understand and think our way through this confusion, we need to find our beginning, our creator. It’s only when we find our foundations do we find the truth of who we are.
The bible tells us where the beginning is, it tells us who is our creator.
Genesis 1:1 (ESV) — 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
As we follow the creation narrative, we also see the beginnings of humanity.
Genesis 1:26–27 (ESV) — 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
What we see here is that God creates humanity in one identity as in the “image of God”. But in this one identity of humanity in God’s image, He creates two different humans in their biological makeup. God creates us as either male or female. Our biological identity has only two genders, male and female. There are not multiple genders listed here by God, only two, male and female. We are the same in God’s image, yet different in the roles and purposes He has planned for us. Both male and female are of equal value, dignity, and respect as human beings before God.
Who decides our gender?
We also understand that it’s God who assigns our biological gender to every human being He creates.
Psalm 139:13–15 (ESV) — 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
God makes no mistakes when He creates us in our Mothers womb. It is God who knits us together and creates us as either male or female according to His purposes.
God's rescue plan
We fully understand that in this world our thinking and feeling will suffer from corruption across the entire spectrum of our humanness. Gender dysphoria will be just one of those expressions where our thinking and feelings have deviated from God’s original created plan for our lives.
We need to be recreated or born again to be rescued and renewed back into our true image again. This is precisely what Jesus the Son of God does for us. At the cross He saves us, and then His Spirit indwells us so that we can be transformed. To have our thinking and emotions renewed into Jesus’ likeness.
God chooses our gender, male or female
Exchange Church believes that all people are created by God as either male or female according to His design in our Mothers womb. The biological sex or gender we are born with is exactly how God has designed us to be. We may have varying feelings or thinking about our gender, but in line with God’s created design for us at birth, we accept how we’ve been made. If born biologically male, we conform with God’s design. If born biologically female, we conform with God’s design.
We also believe that God doesn’t necessarily change our feelings or desires that come from our broken condition after salvation. Even in redemption according to God’s wise purposes He may leave people to continue suffering with gender dysphoria. We are also convinced that God will give us all the grace required to live a full and God glorifying life even while suffering with gender dysphoria.
Love is central to our beliefs
Exchange Church welcomes all people into its midst endeavouring to help all people discover who God has truly designed them to be. We will work with all people in truth, love, and grace to see them transformed into Jesus’ image.