Paul Stanley, the rhythm guitarist for the rock band Kiss, shared his opinion about the transgender debate saying he thought it to be a dangerous fad. You may recall that the band Kiss pushed the envelope of cultural acceptance for two decades. The band was recognizable by the black and white face paint and dazzling costumes they adorned during their concerts.
Out of nowhere, Paul Stanley opined on social media about the present dangers of the transgender movement. Yahoo News published his comment. “There ARE individuals who as adults may decide reassignment is their needed choice but turning this into a game or parents normalizing it as some sort of natural alternative or believing that because a little boy likes to play dress up in his sister’s clothes or a girl in her brother’s, we should lead them steps further down a path that’s far from the innocence of what they are doing,” he continued. “With many children who have no real sense of sexuality or sexual experiences caught up in the ‘fun’ of using pronouns and saying what they identify as some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalizing and encouraging a situation that has been a struggle for those truly affected and has turned it into a sad and dangerous fad.”
Intuitively, Stanley is reacting to the heinous trend in society, which is robbing children of their innocence and the projection of adults (parents and teachers) who observe childlike behavior as having adult motives or some kind of cry from them of being tormented in the wrong body. This is what Stanley calls a dangerous fad. But it is more than just a fad. A Fad is defined as a style, activity, or interest that is very popular for a short period. The proponents of gender fluidity do not regard the movement as a fad but rather a reconstitution of reality. To achieve the objective, the purveyors of evil are in for the long haul by stoking up a widely shared enthusiasm and then indoctrinating as many as possible to begin believing they have the power to reshape their world, even having the ability to change their gender. What they are touting is not temporary insanity as seen in a fad, but rather total insanity whereby a person has the power to create himself in any way he sees fit; damn the science, damn reality. In essence, the sales pitch promises that a person does not have to accept nor follow any boundaries inherent in human life.
Predictably, the left went crazy and excoriated Stanley on social media, claiming he was conflating gender with sexuality. The radical left has distinguished gender and sex by redefining the terms. For them, sexuality refers only to the biological function between two persons. Gender, on the other hand, is the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex.
In Christian thought and practice, what is essential in the discussion is the correct understanding of gender. Gender does not change and cannot be expressed in some fluid aspect of one’s behavior or a cultural fad driven by psychological needs. Quite the contrary, a person’s gender is assigned to them at conception.
From the moment of conception, the gender of the person is determined. The Book of Genesis properly explains the difference. At the beginning of time, when God created human beings, the ancient book tells us Adam (nongender) needed a helper and companion. When Adam fell asleep, and the rib was taken from him and given to Eve, two incarnations of the same humanity were created. From this point on, there was male and female. God then ordered them to be fruitful and multiply. Within this context, a person’s sexuality now had a permanent boundary. The boundary was set by nature and could not be ignored if the species were to survive.
The indoctrination where gender and sexuality are adulterated is the work of the evil one who once convinced Adam and Eve that they, too, should have the power of God. Their sinful action subsequently threw humanity into generations of sorrow, pain, and death. The same dynamic is rearing its ugly head again—the same sin dressed in modern thought.
When a radical ex-rocker like Paul Stanley begins to speak about the menace of sinful indoctrination plaguing the culture, we should be hopeful that the message of the Gospel is finally being heard and taken seriously as how human beings should live and prosper.