Turn and face the strange, ch-ch-changes...
A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God. - Deuteronomy 22:5
(Tim) Speaking of mishmash, take the words 'sex' and 'gender' as an example. Until the past few years, there were two sexes, but three or four (or more) genders. 'Sex' was body parts and core identity flowing from those body parts while 'gender' was kind, sort, or class. Which is to say in the old days biology was destiny and sex was anything but plastic. From conception, God made man man or woman, and precious little escaped that physical division.
But today, language has become one of the principal weapons in the rebels' arsenal and Exhibit A is the death of 'sex'. Suzi was born a boy, but the doctor botched her circumcision and no one wants to hurt her feelings; Zoe was born a hermaphrodite and no one wants him to feel odd or left out; Johny grows up dressing like a woman and no one wants to hurt his feelings.
Anyone can see sex is really much more complicated than the two wooden categories used by all those ignoramuses who came before us. It's a continuum--not just body parts. It's endless aspects of personality and taste and clothing and family of origin stuff..."
It's political. It speaks of power. Don't let anyone put you in a box. Each man should have complete freedom to choose the sexual identity he wants. Or should I say each person or each human should have the freedom to choose their sexual identity?
Maybe it would be best to say each person should have the freedom to choose their gender identity. That word 'sex' is so very one-or-the-otherish. So limiting and divisive, really. 'Gender' is malleable and leaves us feeling free. It's about choices, self-definition, values, and options. Just listen: which would you rather be asked?
What's your sex?
What's your gender?
You see how the mishmash works? Men wear femmie or gay clothes and hair and jewelery and colors; then women defend our nation and hold authority and rule and teach and exercise authority over men; then language follows suit and we shame the fool who uses the word 'man' inclusively or representationally (like God does all through His Word).
And speaking of biological, physiological bifurcation, we never speak of "sex," but only "gender." Give people a choice which role they take on and how they dress and speak and live. No one likes limitations.
So this week, led by a President who's been trained by the Academy to believe all his thoughts are enlighted and it matters not one whit what previous centuries have done, the armed forces of our empire will add lesbians and gays to our sisters, daughters, and mothers already bearing arms in our defense.
That boy/girl Bowie was right. Turn and face the strange...