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Spare Change - April 2022

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What is a woman?

It seems like such an easy question to answer but recently this very question stunned Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson.  She responded that she did not know how to answer the question and alluded to the fact that she was not a biologist.  Before everyone rushes to condemn or defend her we need to understand our culture has made it impossible for anyone that wants to be deemed culturally appropriate to define simple words like "man" or "woman".

It should be a simple question with a simple answer.  We all know that a woman is a female human being.  Biology tells us that almost every species on the planet has a male and female component.  Both flora and fauna operate on this basic level for the sake of reproduction.  We can answer the question, "What is a woman?" by looking at the physical traits of a human woman but also we can look at their DNA and know that they are defined by their XX chromosomes.

I have come to understand this is not an issue of biology, rather it is one of perception.  The reason this is a problem in our culture is because many want to say that transgenderism is right and good.  They would say that a man or woman is not defined by their DNA or even their physical traits; that reproductive organs do not matter. The only thing that matters is what they want to be true.  Now we come to the rub…the real issue is about truth.

If truth is whatever I want it to be then, sure, I can self identify as a purple dinosaur and everyone has to agree with me and treat me as such; however, truth is not whatever I want it to be. Christians should know that God is the definer of truth in all areas of life including our gender identity.  In Genesis 1:27 God defines a man and a woman. He states very clearly they are different genders and thus not interchangeable.

Since God’s Word is the arbiter of truth we must stand on it no matter what culture says.  This will put us at odds with many people.  To say that we know a person is born a certain gender and should remain that gender and even identify as that gender is very controversial.  We must prepare ourselves for this.  

That doesn’t mean we have to be mean or nasty about it.  Jesus never had an attitude of hate or bigotry toward anyone.  We should be as loving and gentle as we can be without backing down from the truth.  If people want to ignore us or call us names we must take it.  On the flip side, if there are people that want our help we should help them; first by sharing the gospel with them but also by being there to help them through their gender identity struggles.  It is not easy being caught up in that cultural machine, as you can see with what happened at the Supreme Court nominee hearing.

Christians should always seek to have a Christ-like attitude in whatever situation they face.  When confronted with the situation of gender identity we must stand on truth and say that God has already defined gender.  We do not question it and it cannot change.  We must never back down from that truth found in God’s Word.  We also need to have tender hearts, understanding that there are many people trapped in a terrible lie propagated by Satan himself.  We must commit ourselves to pray for them and offer to help anyway we can.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

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Student Ministry - April 2022

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Dear Church Family, 

Spring is in the air, and I hope it has brought you the nicer weather and the beautiful sights that normally come with it. By the time you read this, I should be enjoying our newborn baby girl. It is appropriate for her to be born in the Spring when everything in nature is pointing to the power of God to bring life into the world. That is partly because she is a new life coming into the world, but another reason this is a timely event is because we have decided to name her Anastasia.

We picked the name Anastasia because of its meaning. It comes from the Greek word anastasis which means resurrection. Spring is the time every year that we are reminded that God is the God of life. Spring is also the time of year that we celebrate Easter: the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the many different reminders that God is the giver of life, and not just life right now, but eternal, resurrected life to all who believe in Jesus as their risen Lord and Savior. This is the truth that I cherish the most, and Anastasia will help me to remember to believe it. Let me explain:

One of the most striking conversations in the Bible is recorded in John chapter 11 when Martha said to Jesus that if He had been there when her brother Lazarus was sick, then Lazarus would not have died. I can’t help but wonder what all she was thinking. Was she confused why Jesus delayed in coming to see them? Was she upset with Jesus? Was she simply stating a fact and wondering if there was anything Jesus could do now that Lazarus had actually died? All of those scenarios are plausible and unremarkable. But what is remarkable is Jesus’ response to her.

Jesus tells Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” This is an astonishing statement! We know from the rest of the narrative that Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. He really did it! Jesus called Himself the anastasis and then actually proved it in real life. But before He proved it, He asked Martha an important question; He said, “Do you believe this?” Well, do we? 

We named our daughter Anastasia so that we will constantly be reminded to keep believing the truth; that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. When life gets hard, when hope seems to fail, when questions, worry, frustration, and confusion get the best of me, I want to remember that Jesus solved my real problem. He purchased my life for me, and I can take it easy knowing that He will raise me up to an everlasting life. In Him, I will never truly die. There is nothing that can stop those of us who believe this truth from living with all our might for the glory of God. So, will you commit to believing the truth? Will you live without fear? Will you live for God’s glory, which is your good? I hope Anastasia will help everyone she meets to do just that.

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