Can President Trump Take Away the Dignity of Transgender People?
Much has already written about whether President Donald Trump can define transgender people out of existence or not. But what about their "divine dignity"? Can President Trump take away the dignity of transgender people?
A group of transgender "Christian" leaders told HuffPost that no matter what decisions the Trump administration makes about transgender people, their inherent worth cannot be touched. Rev. Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza said in an email to HuffPost, "No government entity or leader can take or excise or erase the depth of worth that Transgender people are and embody. My religious tradition teaches that I am made in the image of God and of sacred worth."
Henderson-Espinoza is correct. No one, not even the president of the United States, can take away the inherent worth of transgender people.
That doesn't mean, however, that there is not much, MUCH wrong within the HuffPost article, because there is. But, for once, I'm not here to excoriate transgender activists. I'm here to agree with them, at least on one point: all humans, including those confused by their gender, are made in the image of God and have inherent worth.
There are several things that all humans share in common. First, all humans are created in the image of God. This is a standard Christian belief first revealed in Genesis 1:26-27, which says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
Humans, male and female, were created to govern the earth as God's vice-regents. And humans were intended to do so while enjoying perfect fellowship with God in a perfect relationship with Him. However, the second thing that all humans have in common is sin.
Shamefully, just two chapters after we read about how humans are the pinnacle of God's creation, it's revealed that God's image bearers rebelled against Him. The first humans, Adam and Eve, decided that they, too, could be like God and so they disobeyed their Creator. That rebellion plunged the world into sin resulting in the just punishment of God's curse of death.
From that time on, all of God's image bearers have been born in sin and under the curse of death. As the Apostle Paul points out in Romans 3:10-12, "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."