I just finished reading a recent blog post at AlbertMohler.com about a new form of teenage rebellion known as gender bending. (Read it here.) It seems that some young men are fighting conventional social norms and sexual stereotyping by showing up for school in skirts and make-up while the young ladies are wearing anything from baggy jeans to tuxedos.
The question being addressed by Dr. Mohler seems to be;
“What is going wrong and what should Christians be doing to fix it?"
From the article -
For Christians, the issue is a matter of biblical concern. The Bible reveals a concern for respecting and honouring gender as God's gift. In the Old Testament, the Law taught respect for these distinctions and roles. In the New Testament, we find similar expectations. As the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11: 7-15
Is this really a matter of Biblical concern for Christians?
If there is a New Testament directive concerning the policing of secular society, I need someone to point it out to me. I don’t see Jesus or the apostles taking on the wicked cultural practises of the Roman Empire; yet in our day there seems to be no end of this kind of activity being pursued and promoted as the main indicator of spiritual fervency. Have we come to believe that if we can’t get people to actually become Christians then we should at least force them to act Christian as the next best thing?
This is counter-productive to the Christian cause.
Forcing sinners to live by the rules of saints only leads to self-righteous pious secularists who cannot see their need of a savior or to closeted rebels who hate the church for meddling in their affairs. Our mission is not about changing society – our mission is about changing hearts – and hearts do not change except by rebirth. Enough of bemoaning the darkness; let's just turn on the light.