Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Genderless Love According to Two News Stories

Is there such a thing as genderless love?

Changing the Meaning of Purity

CNN Philippines reported the failed attempt to promote a movie that purportedly talks about this theme.
A young girl named Dalisay lives in a small town and falls in love for the first time with a woman. The older woman, Nida, owns a sari-sari store in their town. Nida teaches Dalisay about love, relationships, and how the rythm of nature affects the human soul. Italian producer and director of photography, Lorenzo Galanti, who is in Manila to launch Dalisay, wants to veer away from the gay movie tag. He calls is a 'genderless love story.'
Galanti, for his part, was disappointed that there were no takers for his movie in the Philippines.
"It seems that genderless love is a topic that many peoples doesn't (sic) like to talk about.... The standard market doesn't want to dare. But it's not daring. It's to be updated."
Here is a perfect example of the man-centered, relativistic perspective on gender that is prevalent in the West. Gender is just a human invention, and if so, then love really has nothing to do with gender. It shows just how far removed Western society now is from God's design for romantic, sexual love. They don't agree that is should be confined to marriage. Nor do they agree that it should be between a man and a woman. And now they don't even agree that gender has any significance whatsoever. And, as Galanti reminds us, there are more and more people who think that to support this vision of human society is not daring. It's simply to be updated. And, in Galanti's mind, this is to be sexually and morally dalisay ("pure").

A Case of "Genderless Love"?

Lest we think that this kind of thinking is far from home, let's turn to a related story, this time involving a Filipino celebrity couple.

Joey Mead, a Filipino-Iranian model and host of Asia's Next Top Model, would heartily agree with Galanti, I think. And so would her husband, Ian King -- or, as he now likes to identify himself, the transgender woman, Angelina King.

The couple has been receiving praise from netizens, friends and family members on social media. For example, Twitter user, dude_its_jayv wrote, "Life is too short not to be who you are!" James Deakin from Topgear tweeted, "Gotta say, I'm proud of how people are taking this. There's hope. #LoveWins indeed." In a separate post, he also wrote, "Hey, if you ain't hurting anyone and it makes you happy, it's all the same to me. Good luck, Ian/Angie."

That last post is probably the most common pro-LGBTQ argument being circulated by pop culture and mass media today. There's too much one could say, so I'll limit myself to two points.

First, "be true to yourself" may sound nice, but most of the people who approve of it don't actually believe it. I'm sure they wouldn't support those who recently launched attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iraq, and most recently, Saudi Arabia, or the man who killed over 40 people in a gay bar and night club in Orlando earlier this month. But these jihadists could just as easily have claimed that they were being true to themselves and their faith!

Second, and in connection to the first point, advocates of moral relativism understand that it's impossible to be endlessly relativistic, without any moral standards whatsoever. So, the common qualification is it's fine to do what you want "if you ain't hurting anyone". The problem with that standard is it's completely subjective and arbitrary. Those who deny universal moral standards forfeit their right to speak out against moral atrocities because that would require, you guessed it, a universal moral standard. So when they condemn anyone for evil acts, on any basis other than their mere personal opinion, they do so without any intellectual integrity.

Meanwhile, Christians must continue to call sexually immoral people to repent and believe in Christ, not because we (as we're often accused) like to impose our beliefs on others, but because we too, were just as separated from God as they are, but were saved by God's undeserved grace. Now, we have the privilege and responsibility to point people to that same grace. But that grace must be received through faith, saving faith includes repentance, and a person can't repent unless he/she knows that he/she has actually sinned.

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