2 Truths & a Lie
Wednesday night the world watched as Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner officially graduated from the 5th most famous person in his own household, to the prime time centerpiece of ABC. The world watched as he received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, named after someone who courageously broke racial barriers in a predominantly white sport during a time of intense racial injustice. Jenner won the award not having broken racial lines like Nelson Mandela (2009 recipient), or overcome grave illness like Robin Roberts (2013 recipient), nor choosing to reject a lucrative sports career to serve his country like Pat Tillman (2003 recipient). Jenner won because he has decided that he no longer wanted to be a man, and has begun the journey of re-making himself into a woman.
Between the video montages, the speeches, and even the commercials, we were force fed this narrative that changing sexes was somehow more brave than the work it took for him to win the gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Decathlon and be declared the “worlds greatest athlete.”
I learned years ago that the best place to hide a lie is between two truths. I believe this is why Wednesday’s narrative was digested as it was. Truth #1 is that no one should be subjected to bullying and homelessness, including transgender youth. Truth #2 is that every human being deserves our respect, including transgender adults.
The lie in the middle is that those who have decided to change genders are simply “embracing who they really are.” The false narrative presented and received is that God somehow made a mistake and they are courageously correcting God’s mistake.
If you’re struggling with gender identity or sexual orientation, please allow me the opportunity to proclaim this truth to you…
God did not make a mistake when he made you. He knew exactly what He was doing.
I wish this truth were as obvious as it sounds. Here’s how this truth is presented in the Bible by King David:
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
David understood God’s role in creating him, and joined Him in His divine purpose for creating him. He looked into the mirror and found joy in God’s creation… Himself… Flaws and all. You will not find joy and fulfillment by changing yourself. You will only find that joy and fulfillment by connecting with the God who created you purposefully, and walking in that purpose… no matter how difficult.
Don’t join ESPN in mistaking cowardice for courage. TRUE courage is pressing past your “feelings” and embracing who and what God made you to be.