It seemed a strange request. Can you come through to Glasgow to record a documentary with us on gender? There was nothing more specific…who would I be recording it with? Is it about male/female or transgender? What was the format? The answers were,to say the least, vague. I was told that we would be there for four hours, that my ‘opposite’ would not be named until I met them…and that the whole programme would only last 4 minutes.
So it was with a great deal of trepidation that I found myself on the overcrowded train to Glasgow early this morning. Could I trust this production company to take hours of recording and distill it into four minutes without distorting the message? Why was I not being told my opponent? I assumed that it would be transgender and did I really want to put my head in that particular noose again? Why are you doing this, you fool?”, was my thought as we neared Glasgow….and then my McCheyne reading was Galatians 2 –
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved med and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20).
The Lions Den is fine…if Christ is with you.
What followed was fascinating…I have no idea how the programme will turn out – that will be entirely up to the editor but I was left with the following emotions:
Disgusted….at the way that some ‘religious; people had abused and treated Victor. There is no excuse for that. Mocking, abusive, contempt is contemptible and should never be used by any one who follows Christ. What intrigued me was that according to Victor he had until today never met a religious person who really believed. Thats why I was….
Depressed...at the messed up. confused and hellish mess that our culture is in. Queer theory is wrecking people’s lives. Victor became famous because she identified as non-binary. Now he rejects the non-binary label and says he is male (whilst at the same time refusing to allow the possibility of change! ) I won’t say more about what was said other that it was clear that both Victor and I both regarded gender as fixed. Victor thought it was fixed in the mind and that the biology should be changed to fit with what the mind feels. I think that gender (although not all expressions of gender) is biological and it is the mind, not the body, that needs changed! To Victor that is impossible. For the Christian we know that everyone needs changed – to be reborn, have a new heart and a renewed mind. That is a miracle but it does happen – through the rebirth and regeneration worked by the Holy Spirit in the Gospel. And so I was…
Delighted...to be able to speak of a greater identity than gender. When you set the story in the midst of a bigger picture – The Big Story what a difference that makes. I very much enjoyed meeting Victor and I hope we will meet again to continue the conversation. Victor is a human being, made in the image of God. I encouraged him to look beyond gender for his happiness and fulfillment. I pray for him…
I have no idea how the programme will turn out…but I do know that this was a worthwhile interaction and will I hope be beneficial to Victor and to all those involved and all who watch. We will see if the Trans Thought Police even let it happen!