Gender and gender identity have become heated topics of debate today. There’s a cultural revolution that seeks to dissolve traditional and biblical assertions about sex and gender.
We’re seeing a drive to redefine the basis of gender from that of physical anatomy to emotional preference. Christian parents fear the impact that current cultural messages about gender are having on their children.
While most of the arguments surround individual rights, the real issues at stake are how we define human nature and reality itself. We need to become confident to live in today’s culture in light of what the Bible has to say about gender.
This guide is designed to help you:
- get clarity on the issues around gender and gender identity
- remove confusion created by the messages of culture
- give you confidence to know what’s true about gender and gender identity as God reveals in his Word
What is gender identity?
Simply put, gender identity refers to the way that we think about ourselves as male or female. As Stanton Jones puts it, “it is the subjective sense of being a man or woman.”  In itself, this is fairly uncontroversial.
However, what has become controversial, is the complete reversal in views about how gender identity is determined.
Throughout the history of the world, people assumed that a person’s gender was self-evident. It seemed obvious that human beings exist in two basic categories: men (males) and women (females).
Gender was something revealed at birth according to whether you were born a boy or a girl.
Gender identity, therefore, referred to the way that your thoughts about being male or female lined up with your physical reality. A properly formed gender identity was one that aligned with your body.
In short, physical sex determined gender, and gender supplied the basis for gender identity.
However, through carefully orchestrated campaigns of social and political activism, this order has been reversed.
Once grounded in biological reality, male/female gender categories are now seen entirely as social constructions —mere artifacts of culture and custom.
This development has shifted the basis for gender categories off biological reality and onto each individual’s personal sense of self. The basis for gender has shifted from objective biological reality to subjective psychological experience.
In summary, the term gender identity represents a cultural move to detach gender from physical reality, and anchor it instead to each individual’s personal and private sense of self.
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