The Girl Scouts Sue The Boy Scouts For Being Too Inclusive: A Christian Response

scoutsThe Girl Scouts of the USA have sued the Boy Scouts of America for reaching out to girls. While the Girl Scouts have applauded inclusion within their own ranks warmly embracing both homosexuals and transgender members, the group has found the Boy Scouts latest steps towards inclusivity to be profoundly troubling.

No one else on the cultural left including the Girl Scouts sued nor even threaten to sue the Boy Scouts when the Boy Scouts began their march to diversity. The Boy Scouts welcomed openly gay members in 2013, embraced gay scout leaders in 2015, and invited transgender boys to join in 2017 with support of the cultural left. In 2018, the Boy Scouts accelerated their march up the mountain of diversity by declaring that their historic organization would change its name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA. The name change accompanies the Scout‘s plan to begin awarding the rank of Eagle Scout to both boys and girls starting in 2019. The organisation hopes, “to offer families the options they want.” Zach Wahls the co-founder of Scouts for Equality and an Eagle Scout in his own right hailed the announcement as “yet another step forward” for the Boy Scouts which signals that the “future is bright for Scouting in America.”

But Girl Scouts have strongly object to the Boy Scouts plan, believing the name change marginalizes women.

Why do the Girl Scouts have such a negative view of the Boy Scouts’ affirmation of girl empowerment?

The Girls Scouts find the Boy Scout’s announcement offensive because it denies the beauty of femininity. Girl Scouts exists upon the presumption that girls are different than boys. According to the Girl Scouts, “only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success.” Kate Taylor from Business Insider noted,

“However, positioning girls joining the Boy Scouts as the ultimate triumph for feminist scouting does a massive disservice to girls. There is an opportunity to applaud an organization that centers itself around girls and women, instead of assuming that a male-centric organization is implicitly preferable.”

These statements combat the notion that men and male driven cultures should dominate feminine ideas and life. But these mild expressions of feminism make are founded upon the presumptions that men and women are biologically different, and that women should be celebrated for diverging from masculine norms.

However, the historical and biological definition of gender that shaped the Girl Scouts has been abandoned by America’s cultural elite with the arrival of the homosexual movement and the transgender movement. Today, those who feel they are male are deemed by society to be male regardless of their birth-certificate; and those who identify as female are proclaimed to be female regardless of their chromosome makeup. If gender can be changed as quickly as one changes a t-shirt, gender becomes a meaningless distinction. He who was a boy today could be a girl tomorrow. Since gender is a social construct created apart nature, the terms ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ can be reduced to obsolete expressions from archaic cultures that no longer shape modern thought. Consequently, the need for cultural institutions that serve just boys or just girls disappears. Children and adults simply are. They don’t need Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; they just need Scouts.

The conflict between the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts is much bigger than scouting. It reveals the limits of the sexual revolution. The revolution cannot both deny biological gender and meaningfully affirm the beauty and strength of femininity (or masculinity for that matter). Either girls exist in nature and benefit from groups like Girl Scout, or girls don’t exist in nature and don’t need their own groups. How you answer the gender question will determine whether or not you applaud or deride the Boy Scouts for extending the olive branch to girls.

The Christian Response

Thankfully, Christians have no such dilemma. We can affirm science and happily proclaim that two gender exists. God created us male and female. Boys and girls come into the world as boy and girls. Jesus affirmed that marriage was between a man and a woman (Matt 19:3-6). The Bible does not abolish the two genders. It affirms the existence of biological men and women.

And gender is not a matter of power. According to the Scriptures both men and women are created in the image of God. Both equally picture the divine creator. Yet the genders are distinct. The male and female sexual anatomy have several irreconcilable and enjoyable differences. Men and women have different strengths and abilities. Yet, men and women thrive in unity. They thrive in marriage where the strengths of the man complement the woman and where the strengths of the woman complement the man. Marriage is beautiful because it unites men and women by celebrating their complementary differences.

Christians can and should celebrate the difference between men and women. We have plenty of room to have gender-based organizations within Christendom. Christians deny the idea that girls have to be boys or do boy things to thrive in society. But they arrive at this conclusion by affirming the existence of biological gender. If biological gender exists, then girls do not need to be Boy Scouts and boys do not need to be in Girl Scouts even if they feel more feminine than male. Christians have an answer to the Scouting dilemma. The secular elites do not.

Because we have answers to these difficult questions, we should lovingly share them. We should not retreat from the world fearing what people will think or fearing that talking to the gay couple at McDonald’s will make us icky. We have truth. We have the loving truth that Jesus Christ has died to save sinners which guides all of life.. And we should share the truth with our hurting world. Dr. Albert Mohler rightful notes,

America’s post-Christian culture is filled with people who believe that they have heard too much from the Christian church – too much judgment, too much moralism, too much intolerance. The New Testament, however, tell us that the world around us has seen and heard far too little authentic Christianity.

We truly have something amazing to offer a culture that struggles to determine if girls should be allowed to join Boy Scouts. Shouldn’t we be desire to loving converse with our confused world?

Are You Ready to Talk To Your Kids About Men Having Babies?

babyA man recently gave birth. No you did not miss read the last sentence. According to CNN and a host of other news organizations, Trystan Reese, a transgender man, gave birth to a healthy son on July 14, 2017. All those jokes told by grade school boys hiding basketballs underneath their shirts have come true. Guys can now give birth even without the help of Danny DeVito.

While this story is not the first of its kind, any report that a man gave birth will undoubtedly transcend the borders of Oregon and drift across schoolyards all throughout America. Knowing children’s love of novelty, Christian parents need to be prepared to offer more than quizzical when their kids sincerely ask if a man can have a baby.

Although Trystan and her partner Biff’s baby story appears to be complex, the answer to our kids’ questions is straightforward. Trystan is not a man. She is a biological woman. And though she identifies as a man, she has the body of a women. She even admits as much stating in a Facebook video that she is “ok being a man who has a uterus.” She does not feel compelled to have a sex change operation, noting that hormone shots have proved sufficient for her needs. She believes that she is and can fully be a man without having her body match her partner’s body. Trystan shared on Facebook, “I never felt like I needed to change my body.” She did not cross the metaphorical line of no return by having a sex change operation.

Though the headline is initially shocking, the story behind all the raucous is rather simple and straightforward. A man and a woman who love each other had a baby boy though natural processes.

In some ways, Trystan and Biff are not too far away from the Christian worldview. They understand that people are more than biology and sex. For them, love and acceptance is based on more than a person’s organs. They functioned as a woman and as a man within the natural bounds of creation when they conceived their son. What is supposedly an anomaly is normal, natural and even biblical. God designed men and women to have children together.

Now one should not discount the philosophy driving Trystan and Biff. They are fully committed to the LGBT world. Trystan sports a beard and a deeper voice because she has taken hormone shots. The couple has their two adopted children to call Trystan and Biff, “daddy and dad.”  And both Trystan and Biff believe Trystan is a man who is engaging in “something that still feels so rooted in femininity” according to their interview with Buzzfeed. The couple does not believe Trystan’s ability to conceive, carry, and birth a child invalidates her claim on manhood.

Yet Trystan’s ability to give birth does not redefine gender. Her ability to give birth affirms biblical gender. The couple has shown that no amount of surgery, therapy, or feelings can change that what gender. Biff cannot carry a child, regardless of his desires. Trystan had a child precisely because she embraced part of her feminine nature.

Moreover, Christians can find commonality with the couple’s statement that, “Everyone veers from those [masculine and feminine] norms in some ways.” The biblical definition of masculinity and femininity also vary from the social norms that float about the United States. The Bible never tells women their value is found in the kitchen or on the dance floor. The Bible also does not tell men to find their identity              in hunting and fixing cars.

To be faithful to the Bible, Christians must encourage people to move beyond stereotypes They should help men and women express their unique biology and character across all the spectrums of life. Christians must affirm that a woman can like to play soccer and still be a godly woman. And they must show men that they can be godly men and still drink tea with their daughters.

Christians also need to help their children understand that loving cooking does not make you a woman and that loving sports does not make you a man. Rather, both men and women can flip pancakes and both can join a track team. By affirming the full expression of both genders across the whole spectrum of the human experience, Christian parents keep their children from facing the false dichotomy which says that the only women or those who identify as women can pursue culturally cooking and only men and those who identify as men can play sports. Christians must affirm that gender is rooted in God decision.

The story of Trystan and Biff appears complex. But the answer to your child’s question is simple. Only women have babies. Trystan had a baby. Therefore, Trystan is a woman.

Are you ready to talk about the man who had a baby with your child?

 

Is Caitlyn A Bad Name?

caitlynThe name Caitlyn has disappeared from the Social Security Website’s list of 1000 popular baby names. The once favored name fell 542 spots from 609 to 1151 over this past year. And, the drop is not an isolated incident. The three other most common spellings of the name (Caitlin, Katelynn and Kaitlynn) also disappeared from the list of popular girl names. The names fell from 652, 994, and 943 to spots 1060, 1054, and 1375 respectively. The seismic drop of the name Caitlyn is rather unprecedented.

Time, The New York Daily News, and many other news outlets have run stories trying to make since of the name’s supprizing disappearance.

Today, many Americans cannot help but associate the name ‘Caitlyn’ with Caitlyn Jenner who once identified as a man, Bruce Jenner. The former Olympic gold medal winner has been in the news quite often since 2015. He won the Arthur Ash Courage Award at the ESPYS, donned the cover of Glamour Magazine, and gave captivating interviews to Diane Sawyer.  As he underwent sex change operations and switched his pronoun usage, he grabbed the attention of the American public.

Today, fifty-one percent of Americans approve of letting transgender men and women use their restroom of choice.  Sixty-six percent of people who know a transgender person our sympathetic to the transgender cause. Yet only thirty percent of U.S. adult know a transgender person.

Acceptance of transgender ideals is growing as the stats show above. But, the appropriate secular response to the movement continues to be confusing and undefined. Many almost two-thirds of the country have not had to directly interact with the issue.

Because things are unsettle and contentious, parents are fleeing from the name that the transgender community champions. As one baby name expert told Time, “We just want to avoid controversy in picking names.”

Yet such avoidance is not a sign of hate. As Time suggests, the drop of the name Caitlyn was not spawned by “wave of homophobia.” I tend to agree.

I believe the name is controversial because the transgender movement is challenging many of the liberal norms that have been used to advance the sexual revolution over the last several years. Much of the homosexual marriage fight was propelled by the notion of biological identity. They claimed that men and women were born homosexuals and deserved the right to express the biological urges.

The transgender movement declares that gender and sexual expression are now divorced from biology. Humanity has the freedom to choose their gender apart from the biological reality. The immovable is now movable.

When feminist fought for equally rights, they were fighting for people with two X chromosomes. Now men can identify as a women and dominate the very sports that Title IX was created to protect. Though many liberals want to welcome transgender men and women into the sporting world, the invitation effectively excludes biological women from reaching the field.

Consequently, I believe many in our culture are confused. They do not know how to resolve these ideological difference of tolerance. As a result, the simply avoid the issue.  Their refusal to call their kids Caitlyn is simply an outworking of their confusion.

Thankfully where there is much confusion, the gospel is clear. Christians do not have to fear the name Caitlyn or transgender people.  They fit into the gospel narrative quite nicely just as does every other subgroup of humanity. Caitlyn Jenner is broken and hurting like everyone else. The solution for all brokenness found is Christ. As people repent of their sin and follow Jesus, they find hope. The void that they seek to fill with sex changes can be satisfied by Jesus’ work on the cross. Those in the transgender community can find meaning, hope, and relationship through Christ just like we have.

Christians can freely name their children Caitlyn or any of its variations. The name does not ultimately represent the transgender movement. It ultimately points to brokenness and hurt as does every name ranging from Ava to Zachary. The beauty of the gospel is that Jesus came to save the hurting. The message that we share with our children and with the world is that Jesus saves, liberates, and redeems people from every name, tribe, and sexual ethic. We have hope that make sense of the confusion.

So are you ready to consider the name Caitlyn again?