For those who foolishly thought America’s problems were the result of progressive liberalism attacking the natural law and moral order of God from the outside, this from Pew Research should sufficiently clear up that utter misconception:
Most Christians in the United States (63%) say that whether someone is a man or a woman is determined by their sex at birth.
Conversely, what that means is that 35% of self-identified Christians say that whether a person is male or female is not necessarily determined at birth.
There are actually a couple different ways to look at this startling statistic.
First, when compared to non-Christians – specifically the atheist/agnostic crowd – it comically demonstrates that the common perception that Christians favor “faith” over “science” is utterly false. At least on the issue of biology and sexuality.
When a child is born, every gene, every cell in the body is coded and stamped with the same biological sex. In fact, the efficacy of our entire scientific apparatus of disease prevention is built upon this reality:
The phrase “every cell has a sex’’ captures the essence of how fundamentally different men and women are when it comes to health.
Our cells, the very building blocks of our existence, are infused with differences that cannot be ignored when we study the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. From cardiovascular disease to lung cancer to Alzheimer’s, the experience of illness is distinct among men and women. Yet often we ignore these health differences, and fund and conduct medical research that is flawed because it fails to recognize sex differences.
While 63% of Christians embrace this reality, only 29% of self-identified atheists/agnostics do. Who is anti-science?
But the second observation about this statistic isn’t quite so rosy. The Bible is explicitly clear about biology and gender. From the Genesis account of the Garden of Eden and the creation of man, all the way forward to the words of God’s Son Himself,
“Haven’t you read…that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female?’”
It is not an impressive commentary on the state of American Christian allegiance to Christianity when 35% of those who claim the faith think the Son of God didn’t quite have the whole gender thing figured out. In fact, it smacks of a body of supposed believers who have come to be so consumed by the “fine sounding arguments of men” (Colossians 2:4), and so infatuated with earning “praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43) that they have “exchanged the simple truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25).
Given what Christ said about those fence-sitters who aren’t comfortable committing their lives and transforming their minds in full surrender to His Lordship, I would dare say that the consequence for these rebellious believers will be far worse than it will be for a society that rejects science.