On June 9th, 2015 the world woke up to the picture of Bruce Jenner, now “Caitlyn” Jenner, on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Who is Bruce Jenner? Bruce Jenner was the gold medal winner, and world record breaker, in the decathlon competition in the 1976 Summer Olympics. After some time out of the spotlight he returned to television, not as an athlete, but as a reality TV star father on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Then on April 24, 2015, in an exclusive Interview with 20/20, Bruce Jenner identified himself as “transgender.” Now, due to a surgical procedure and some hormone therapy Bruce Jenner, the Olympic athlete, looks like a woman.
On June 11, 2015, about two weeks after this groundbreaking story broke about Bruce Jenner we hear of another person, a woman, by the name of Rachel Dolezal. Who is Rachel Dolezal? Rachel Dolezal is a White American woman who served as the NAACP President for the Spokane Washington Chapter, but claimed she was Black (or African-American). Her story came to light as the city of Spokane investigated Dolezal for a possible ethics violation related to false claims about her ethnicity on a job application. Jeff Humphrey, a reporter for KXLY news, broke this story when he interviewed Rachel Dolezal who claimed she, and her family, had been a victim of numerous hate crimes. When Rachel Dozal was asked by the reporter if her father really was a African-American man her response was, “That’s a very…I mean…I don’t…I don’t know what you’re implying.” A couple days after Dolezal’s story broke, her parents Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, two White-Americans, shocked the world using her birth certificate to prove they were Rachel Dolezal’s parents. Recently Rachel Dolezal was interviewed by The Today Show in which she claimed to identify with Jenner and said, she was “transracial,” then “biracial,” and then at last “Black.” She said,
“I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am. I’m more black than I am white. That’s the accurate answer from my truth.”
You may think there is no connection or association with these two stories. You may believe in terms of their topics they are light years apart. One is talking about a man becoming a woman by surgical means, and the other is talking about a woman who was faking an ethnicity for the sake of personal benefit. Despite the contrast, there is one overarching fact connecting these two events that must not be ignored: The rejection of absolute, objective truth.
For Bruce Jenner (I refuse to acknowledge him as Caitlyn) this is a denial of the clear and objective truth of how he was created. It does not matter if he has felt all of his life he was a woman trapped in a man’s body, or if he has all the external body parts that make up the female anatomy. The plain fact is: He is not a she, but he is a he with some modified body parts resembling a she. For example, Jenner lacks such things as ovaries, fallopian tubes, and a uterus which are important internal organs for a woman’s body. In addition, because of these reproductive organs, a woman, naturally, is able to create and house a human baby naturally, something Bruce Jenner will never be able to do. He could never give birth to his own baby with his own ovum, breastfeed, or experience a menstrual cycle. This is something Bruce Jenner’s DNA did not grant him the abilities to do. He lacks the very things that make women objectively unique and special and never will have them.
On the same level, Rachel Dolezal will never be an African-American no matter what she does. Similar to Bruce Jenner, she would have to modify herself artificially to continue her African-American ruse. It does not matter how many times she kinks or dreadlocks her hair to make it look more ethnic, or spray tan herself to make it appear like she has darker skin, or even study the Africana culture to identify herself according to the ethnicity she feels intimate with. It does not change the absolute, objective reality that she is White.
Then we have society at large which has not only accepted this denial of objective reality, but celebrates it. In July 2015 Bruce Jenner is expected to receive the Arthur Ashe ESPY award not for his contribution to sports, but for his “courage” to come out as a transgendered person. Maura Mandt ESPN executive producer says
“She has shown the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years, and to embark on a journey that may not only give comfort to those facing similar circumstances, but can also help to educate people on the challenges that the transgender community faces.”
There are people even coming out in defense of Rachel Dolezal and her subjective reasoning. For instance Whoopi Goldberg and Raven Symone said this about Rachel Dolezal
If she wants to be black, she can be black,” said Goldberg, adding, “Look, just like people say, ‘I feel like a man, I feel like a woman, I feel like this.’ She wants to be a black woman, fine. Everything that comes with that she is prepared for. Okay.” Raven-Symone noted that “everybody has some type of African blood inside them,” and asked rhetorically, “And what makes a black person, just your skin?”
Sacred Scripture discusses this issue with those who embrace the lie of relative truth when Paul, writing to the believers in Rome says
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23, NASB)
Both Bruce Jenner, and Rachel Dolezal, believe it or not, have suppressed the truth in their unrighteousness and wickedness. They have chosen to neglect God’s divine attributes that are clearly seen and understood by what has been made. God made Bruce Jenner a male, this truth is clearly seen. However Bruce Jenner has decided, due to how he feels, to reject this plain clear truth he is indeed a male and distort this clarity, even though he had second thoughts about his surgery and even some regrets concerning his procedure. In fact, he has admitted that he has not removed his male genitalia. Rachel Dolezal has also rejected objective truth by denying that she was born White. She has not only deceived others, but herself by ignoring and rejecting what has been clearly seen based on the nature of her DNA. By contrast, when they, and we, base our reality on what we feel rather than what is, how do we determine what is right or wrong? By how strong we feel something? By how many people agree with us? This particular type of worldview is ripe for all kinds of confusion and trouble.
As believers in Christ, we hold to the objective and absolute truth of God’s Word, and so we must continue to hold the objective light of this Sacred Word. Due to the denial and rejection of absolute truth found in Sacred Scripture, we, like Paul, must acknowledge the world is indeed under the wrath of God…
But we must also proclaim the external, objective, and absolute reality of repentance and the forgiveness of sins.
Yes, even now God will forgive Bruce Jenner for changing who God created him to be: a man. God bled and died for this sin and Bruce Jenner can receive a full and complete pardon for his denial of reality. Even Rachel Dolezal for deceiving people, and herself, stating she was Black when she was not. Even she can be forgiven for this lie. No amount of justifying herself in front tons of cameras, or having a change of heart and apologizing for lying to all the people who have heard this will quiet the judgment of God. Only her trust in the Gospel of Christ Jesus will accomplish this reality.
We are no different from Bruce Jenner or Rachel Dolezal. All of us, at one point or another has denied objective reality. Whether we have told a “little white lie” or have denied who we are to obtain fulfillment and happiness all of us have fallen short of God’s glory. When we focus on objective truth, moreover the objective reality of the Word of God, we will no longer see one another as “transexual,” “transracial,” or “trans-anything.” We will see ourselves for who we truly are and what we truly need…
We are all sinners in need of a transformation by our God who offers the forgiveness of sins in His Name.
Until next time,
Soli Deo Gloria!