J.K. Rowling, famed author of the Harry Potter series, was recently attacked (again) by members of the transsexual movement. She shared a headline that read:
“Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”
To which Rowling commented,
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Rowling’s point was that “people who menstruate” used to be known simply as “women.” But not anymore. In some circles—specifically in LGBTQ circles—that is considered offensive and hateful, so Rowling was attacked. For example, GLAAD responded:
“JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.”
Read that again. Saying that women menstruate is the “ideology.” Making that common-sense statement “distorts facts about gender identity.” Moreover, it means “targeting trans people” (which is code for saying that it falls afoul of “hate crime” and “anti-discrimination” laws that GLAAD works to pass around the world). You might be wondering—how could they possibly deny such an obvious truth? Well, for example, in their thinking, a biological woman who identifies as “male” is male, but since that “man” has a uterus, “he” can menstruate, too. By saying that women menstruate, Rowling is implying that transsexual “men” are really women, and that transsexual “women” who do not have a uterus are really men.
“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
“my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”
This should be alarming to you because Rowling is firmly liberal—she is politically on the left, a feminist, and a supporter of LGBTQ rights, including trans-rights. But she is being attacked for not going far enough in supporting that extremist ideology.
There is something that Rowling said that I think is important for those in the Free Grace movement to know. She said, “It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Why am I writing about this incident? Because this is another example of Romans 1 in action:
Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen (Rom 1:23-25).
What brings the wrath of God is exchanging the truth for the lie.
The world can and will make you pay the price for holding onto the truth—as it is trying to do with J.K. Rowling. Expect to experience persecution for saying there are men and women, and they are biologically different. But God’s wrath falls on those who exchange the truth for a lie (in the form of giving people over to their lusts).
Here’s my point. In a culture that has exchanged the truth for a lie, you must continuously strive to do the opposite, that is, to exchange the lies you’ve been told for the truths that God has revealed in both Scripture and nature. You must be a person of the truth and be prepared to pay the price for speaking that truth in love, because, as Rowling reminds us, “it isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
You must be prepared to speak the big truths, such as that God created the world, that He made them male and female, and that Jesus gives everlasting life to whoever believes in Him for it (including men and women who identify as LGBTQ). But you must also be prepared to speak the little truths, the simpler, more mundane truths, such as “Those who menstruate are women.”