In Galatians 3:28, Christians learn from Paul that all are equal in the love of Jesus Christ “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This kind of view was revolutionary for its time and promoted a kind of equity within the early church that was radical for its time and place. In fact, even though women were denigrated in the ancient world, the early Christian church featured many prominent female leaders and theologians.
Despite this egalitarianism, there is no biblical evidence for denying that there are, in fact, differences between males and females. Matthew 19:3-6 notes that God has made males and females to complementarily join together in the bond of marriage. “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’”
Biological Male vs. Biological Female
This idea would be news to members of Congress who are set to implement the Equality Act, a bill that would allow biological males to compete against (and beat) biological women in sporting events. This move has been couched in terms of protecting transgender individuals. However, it has shown little to no regard for the needs of the biological women, who will now be forced to compete against biological men. It is irrefutable that male-born athletes enjoy a distinct physiological advantage due to higher levels of testosterone, even if only during the first few years of their lives
This advantage is hardly insignificant. After all, testosterone is used as a performance-enhancing drug for a reason.
If one wants empirical proof of this masculine advantage, one needs only to review the comparable statistics available for male and female bodybuilders on StrengthLevel.com. When comparing listings for male and female athletes on the average bench press, the differences are staggering. At an “elite” level, a 170-pound female can press 231 pounds. At an “elite” level, a 170-pound male can press 333 pounds. Across the board, there are wide strength disparities at every skill level.
This factor has been largely ignored because it does not fit the accepted narrative of those in power. That narrative promotes the idea that gender identity is relative. Ultimately, this philosophy has trickled down into popular culture and has encouraged people to deny any idea of absolute truth based on how they are made in the image of God.
Shouldn’t I Support Equality?
As Christians, we should not support legislation like this. Under such laws, any factual distinction between the physical capabilities of males and females is characterized as discriminatory.
Acknowledging the physiological differences between males and females should not give rise to claims of discrimination. These differences are all part of God’s design and do not degrade the value of any particular group.
As Christians know from Genesis 1:27, “…God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”