transvestites and mother bird theft

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transvestites and mother bird theft

Deuteronomy 22:5-7 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 22:5 “A woman is not to wear male clothing, and a man is not to put on a woman’s garment, because everyone who does these things is repulsive to Yahveh your God.
Deuteronomy 22:6 “If you come across a bird’s nest with chicks or eggs, either in a tree or on the land along the road, and the mother is caring for the chicks or eggs, do not take the mother along with the young.
Deuteronomy 22:7 You may take the young for yourself, but be sure to let the mother go free, so that you may prosper and live long.

transvestites and mother bird theft

In the Mosaic covenant community, both transvestites and those who raided the whole nest were considered violators of the covenant. Before we denounce this rule as outdated and ridiculous to begin with, we had better give it close scrutiny. The mother bird is given to the community in order to fulfill her role as a mother of young birds. Take away the young birds for your food, and you still leave the mother bird to lay more eggs. But take away the mother and she can no longer fulfill that role.

Wearing the clothing of the opposite gender was a rejection of one’s role as defined by genetic make-up at birth. This instruction exists in the Mosaic law because the forces that influence such decisions today were around then as well.

God has already spoken to the question of whether transvestitism and related conditions should be tolerated in any society. The society that rejects that wisdom will pay the price. Anyone who hears the words of our Lord and refuses to live by them will be like a stupid man who built his house on the sand (Matthew 7:24-26). A society full of stupid men falls apart when the floods come, just as quickly as the wrongly built house.

God, teach us how to build societies that last — societies that listen to your word.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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