Hermaphrodites: trotting out the exception to gag the rule...

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The primary goal clinching can achieve is to slow down and tie up your opponent to stop his or her momentum. There are times when you need to slow down what your opponent is doing and change the pace more to your liking.  - Clinching, Boxing Tips

In an earlier post opposing an Evangelical ethicist promoting the moral virtue of multiplying sexual identities from two to as many as anyone wants, I spoke of God creating only two sexes. As I wrote the number "two" and quoted Jesus in support of that number, I prepared for the commenter who would trot out hermaphrodites to gag God's two. It always happens. Sometimes, the reader knows he's opposing God's two; other times, he thinks he's helping Him.

Sure enough, as soon as I'd written "two," a reader trotted out hermaphroditism...

His claim? That since "sin entered the world," two no longer cuts it because some are "born neither male nor female."

Now, in this particular instance, the man trotting out hermaphroditism as a correction to our Lord's decree of the male and female binary is not doing so to attack heterosexuality. He's only doing so to show the depth of his technical knowledge (as if anyone alive doesn't know about hermaphroditism) and his commitment to sacrificing the normal on the altar of the victim. Such sacrifices and the incense accompanying them pacify the postmodern demon.

Before our commenter ended his comment, though, he made an effort to give back with the other hand what he took with the first. Thus he cautioned that "rare aberrations should not be used to create general rules." He's right as far as he goes, but I'm afraid he misunderstands the true danger of his deconstruction.

This is not a question of sexuality, really; but of fighting tactics as we defend the gaps in the wall. It's terrible strategy to demand our pastors stop every few seconds to quality the rule by speaking of its exception. Doing so destroys preaching, teaching, and witnessing. There are times when a boxer might clinch to slow down the fight, but the boxer initiating the clinch is under no delusion that he's either a butterfly or a bee. He's simply tired.

Normally, when we face the temptation to qualify the rule with the exception, it's the result of the potency of God's rule or law. We feel the hatred of God our witness and preaching have drawn out of the godless, both outside and inside the church. At such times, we should remember that when we turn aside from proclaiming God's truth in order to show our knowledge of those victims for whom the law doesn't quite say everything, we are betraying God's order and authority. Showing our knowledge and sensitivity to the exceptions to God's Creation Order is the rhetorical equivalent of the boxer's clinch.

Why do people trot out hermaphroditism as a necessary qualification and corrective to our Lord's simple declaration?

from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. (Mark 10:6)

Homosexualists and clinchers have been trotting out hermaphroditism here on Baylyblog for over a decade. "See, there are NOT two sexes. Not physiologically. Not psychologically. Stop your stupid binary thinking. Talking about male and female as if everyone's one of two sexes is hurtful. Stop it."

This is what is meant by the modern morbid habit of sacrificing the normal on the altar of the abnormal. Listen to preachers and you're likely to hear it regularly: we can't help backtracking to show our inclusivity, tolerance, and deep sensitivity to the victimhood wielded by the bitter and angry. Preach the Apostle Paul's dictum that "all Cretans are liars," and the echo answers"

What about the Cretan who's not a liar. You're stereotyping. You're generalizing. How would you feel if you were an honest Cretan and you came to church and heard your preacher say, from the pulpit, no less, "All Cretans are liars"? Can you imagine how you'd feel? You think you'd ever come back to that church? You think you'd wait to hear the Gospel?

But there it is: the Apostle Paul writes in Scripture that all Cretans are liars, then repeats himself saying this testimony is true (Titus 1:12, 13). If only he'd had the privilege of getting sensitivity training from congregants who keep track of every abnormality. Think of how different—how inestimably more helpful—his Epistles would be today! He (and Jesus too, if you think about it) could have qualified his declarations and commands so no one would have had to be mad at him.

I mentioned earlier that the reader trotting out hermaphrodites as an exception to our Lord's statement went on to try to quality his qualification. He said: "rare aberrations should not be used to create general rules." Sadly, he doesn't understand the problem. Those who show their deep sensitivity and capacity for nuance by trotting out hermaphrodites, renaming them "intersex" because "hermaphrite" is "stigmatizing", do not wield this rare aberration in order to create general rules. They trot it out in order to destroy God's rule. Or rather God's law:

But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mark 10:6-9)

When Jesus declared God's universal law of male and female, He did so to address the sin of divorce. Today, facing the homosexualist perversion, He would might restate it: "From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall not be L, G, B, T, Q, H or any other of the polymorphous perversities the wicked are inventing today. What God has made two, let no man multiply into four, five, ten, or thirty-three."

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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