This is a poem that is loosely based on Psalm 51, the psalm David wrote after he was confronted by Nathan about committing adultery with Bathsheba, intentionally causing her husband’s death, and then marrying her. In America, statistics tell us that it is very rare to meet a young man (or increasingly, young woman) who has not, at some point in his life, been addicted to pornography and masturbation. The statistics are about equal inside and outside of the Church. If you fall under that category, I urge you to tell someone you trust. With tears in my eyes as I type this, I tell you that there is truly grace enough to redeem your sin and shame into a powerful work for Christ. A life-changing book that I recommend walking through with two or three other brothers is Sexual Sanity for Men.
Lately, there has been a lot of public trouble over the issue of gender. The protection of the rights of transgender people is being discussed at length, and it seems that bathrooms are a forum where some essential battles are going to be fought. But before these battles can be fought, foundational questions must be asked. What is biological sex? What is gender? Are these ideas meaningful or important? What exactly has a transgender person decided to do by declaring that they are transgender? To answer these questions, we will begin by defining some terms. Then we will analyze the liberal and conservative insights. Next, we will unite the two into what I believe is the correct view. Finally, we will look at a few questions that spring out of my view. Continue reading “The Male and the Man, the Female and the Woman”