For those who watched Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, you may have noticed a curious line about the President helping transgender children reach their “God-given potential.”
“As I said last year, especially to our younger transgender Americans, I will always have your back as your President, so you can be yourself and reach your God-given potential,” Biden told the audience in his address.
Although several elements and falsehoods interwoven into his speech are worth breaking down and examining, this specific quote should be recognized as particularly egregious.
The attempt of a person to exchange their biological sex is not only anti-science but, more importantly, it is a sinful rejection of God and His design.
Jesus, quoting Genesis 1:27, rebuked the Pharisees, saying, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4). Christ’s defense of God’s intelligent design also underscored the definition of marriage between one man and one woman.
In Paul’s letter to Christians in Rome, he warned against a society that celebrates sins such as homosexuality and “who changed the truth of God into a lie” (Romans 1:18-32).
Despite what LGBT activists routinely claim, such lifestyles that reject God’s design for gender and marriage are incompatible with Biblical truth, all sinful lifestyles are. It is difficult to believe those on the left are ignorant of this fact.
We live in a self-worshiping culture, in which everyone does what is right in their own eyes, presenting their individual definitions of morality and truth. There is no room for God’s absolute standard and authority in such a society.
The word ‘potential’ is not, however, a universally positive word. From children, people have the potential of developing into individuals who either accept or reject God and His son Jesus Christ.
What God desires for us is a different question entirely.
The Bible, at lengths, speaks of God’s personal love for each of us. However, the result of that love was not the acceptance of our sinful nature. Instead, God’s love resulted in Him providing a way for humanity to be saved from the bondage of our sin and its heavy cost (John 3:16-17).
Chapter two of the book of Ephesians first describes at length our sinful nature as humans, and God’s “great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins.” This sin problem required a righteous and merciful solution, one that could only be brought by God laying down His only son.
The prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years prior to Christ’s first coming to the earth, explained that Jesus would come to take our sins upon Himself.
Isaiah 53:6,10,12 KJV – “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all… Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin… he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
God’s desired potential for each of us is not that we embrace our sins, as stated by Biden. Romans 6 explains that the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Instead, the Bible states that God is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).