Thursday, March 19, 2009
Cross dressers are an abomination
5 “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 22:5)
Most of the time, throughout Scripture, God refers to sins as an abomination. Very few times does he refer to people as an abomination. Here is one of the few times where God says, "Such and such a person is an abomination."
Why is cross dressing pointed out as indicating the necessity for destruction of such a person? The answer lies in an understanding of the sovereignty of God.
Because of modern egalitarianism, and the development of Constitutional (limited) Monarchy, we have lost an understanding of what an Absolute Monarchy looks like. The Word of an Absolute Monarch was Law, and no one could resist the Absolute Monarch's decree. The only limit upon the Absolute Monarch's power and authority was the Absolute Monarch's character. If such a king had a wicked character, then his decrees would bring suffering, but they would be implemented. If such a king had a good character, his decrees were equally binding, but the benefit of those decrees would flow to the whole community.
God is an Absolute Monarch. He is Law, and His decrees are Eternally binding. God is only limited by His character, and God is good (so He only does those things, says those things, and is those things that are good), God is love (so He only does loving things, says loving things, and is all loving in every aspect of His being), God is just (so He only does just things, says just things, and is just in every aspect of His being). God has decreed that there is a difference between men and women. This difference is physiological, psychological, and in assigned roles. Dress is an outward expression of these decreed differences. Men and women are to dress differently as an expression of their acceptance of God's decreed difference in roles and function.
When a man dresses as a woman, it is a statement that such a man rejects God's sovereign decree. When a woman dresses as a man, it is a statement that such a woman rejects God's sovereign decree. Cross dressing is usually accompanied with role reversal, and manifestations of traits and expressions that are oppositional to the gender that God has assigned to such a person. Cross dressing, therefore, is rebellion against the sovereignty of God, and God declares such a rebel to be only worthy of death. In God's sight, unless they repent, such a person is an abomination. When a cross dresser repents, they put off the clothes of their rebellion and put on the clothes of one who accepts God's sovereign decree. A repentant cross dresser is no longer a rebel, and is no longer an abomination to the Lord.