God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

March 3, 2019

My message for this morning was inspired by an article I read in the Feb. 2019 issue of Charisma magazine written by J. Lee Grady, entitled “Let’s Share Jesus With a Confused World”.  Here is some of what he said…

“Late in 2018, a Dutch man, Emile Ratelband, asked a court in the Netherlands to permit him to change his legal age from 69 to 49.  He said he ‘feels 49’, and he said his doctor agrees that he looks young for his age.  Ratelband complained that he suffered from age discrimination – especially when looking for dates with women online.  Comparing himself to transgender people who change their sexual identity, Ratelband claimed in his lawsuit that age is not a fixed reality.  ‘Time is just a figure,’ he said. ‘I say it is not fixed.’  Unfortunately for Ratelband’s dating life, the Dutch court ruled against him.  While recognizing that ‘some people today feel fit and healthy in their old age,’ the judges did not regard this as a valid argument for amending a person’s age.  They affirmed that Ratelband’ birthdate is still fixed at March 11, 1949.  We can be thankful that these Dutch judges ruled on the side of sanity.  But in today’s bizarre world of ‘self-identification,’ Mr. Ratelband’s attempt to alter reality will likely become more common.  Consider these recent examples:

- We all remember Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who pretended to be black while leading the local NAACP chapter in Washington state.  When her deception was exposed in 2015, she told reporters that she ‘identifies as black’, as if her personal feelings about her race can automatically overrule genetics.  Dolezal later explained that she believes race is ‘a social construct’ that has no basis in science.  She said ‘I really just prefer to be exactly who I am, and black is the closest race and cultural category that represents the essence of who I am.’

- You may never have heard of ‘therians’, but it probably won’t be long before you meet one.  Therians don’t believe they are humans and celebrate their animal identity on Instagram and YouTube.  One Norwegian woman named Nano said she realized at age 16 that she has been a cat all her life.  She walks on all fours and claims she can see in the dark and hear things humans can’t.

Dennis Avner, a famous therian who committed suicide in 2012, was so convinced he was a cat that he had his ears reshaped, got whiskers implanted and had cat stripes tattooed all over his body. (Today there are also ‘polytherians’ who identify as more than one animal.)

- Things are becoming even more confusing when it comes to gender.  Ever since athlete Bruce Jenner announce in 2015 that he was transitioning from male to female, the trans movement has exploded.  There are now 63 different designations for gender on record.  One of those, ‘gender fluid’, refers to a person who believes they are a mix of both genders and their gender designation is not fixed.

What do we make of all this?  For centuries people have assumed that things like gender, age and race are set realities based on science.  Yet today all absolutes are being questioned.  More and more, in this age of the selfie, self has become the standard.  The new mantra is: ‘I can choose who I am.  I am what I feel; If I feel like I am 49, I am 49 – no matter what my birth certificate says.  If I feel like I am a dog, I am a dog.  I determine reality.’

I’m not shocked when I see this trend in our culture.  The Bible warned us this would happen.  The apostle Paul predicted that in the last days ‘men will be lovers of themselves’ (2 Timothy 3:2).  When we reject God and focus on ourselves, we actually lose our true identity.  We cannot know who we really are if we cut ourselves off from the Creator.  Without a connection to the true God, we become hopelessly confused.  The only hope for this growing confusion in our culture is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Amen Brother Grady.  1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace”.  God calls us to be at peace with who we are, with who He created us to be.  We were created by God in His image.  Genesis 1:27 tells us “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  He formed each us inside our mother’s womb, exactly as He wanted us to be, including anything we might deem as imperfections, or even label as ‘mistakes’.  God doesn’t make mistakes.  You are who God created you to be. 

And God has a purpose for your life.  He called you to receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and become part of the body of Christ.  And if you answered that call, your physical body is now the temple of the Holy Spirit, as the apostle Paul reminded the church in Corinth, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). And as he said in Ephesians 4:30, “do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” The identity of the redeemed is in Christ!

Our lives are not about whether we are male or female, white or black, young or old.  All that matters is whether or not we are a child of God.  And if we are, all that matters is fulfilling the purpose for which He created us - to love God, and love others.  We need God to change our hearts, not our bodies.  And we need to help those who are still lost in their own search for identity - to help them find their true identity in Christ.  Or as Mr. Grady put it, “In the midst of today’s selfishness, sexual confusion and family breakdown, Jesus has given us a chance to show His love to people who don’t know who they are.” 



“Who Am I” (Casting Crowns)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53GgUJ6y-Y

"Who You Say I Am"  (Hillsong Worship)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcC1Bp13n_4