The 2023 Kentucky legislative session brought to light many deeper realities of where our Commonwealth currently stands, even if not easily seen at first glance. The stark difference in how individuals and communities are comprehending life and the world rose to the surface of our cultural waters during the General Assembly. One fact that manifested itself time and time again throughout the session surrounds the actuality of worldviews that are clashing head-on. There is no other way to put it, those who advocate for and adhere to LGBTQ+ ideologies and those who hold to a Biblical/Christian worldview see, interpret, and understand the world in utterly opposite and incompatible ways.
The striking discordance of worldviews was seen nowhere greater than the efforts surrounding Senate Bill 150. This bill provides powerful protections for parental rights, student privacy, and bans extremely dangerous “transition procedure” interventions on children. Senate Bill 150 is truly one of the strongest bills in our nation safeguarding children from radical LGBTQ+ indoctrination in schools and in medicine.
In an effort to advocate for Senate Bill 150, The Family Foundation hosted a press conference and rally in the Kentucky Capitol to encourage the Kentucky General Assembly to override the Governor’s veto. At the conclusion of the rally, transgender activists descended onto the Capitol’s rotunda floor where the rally was held and angrily started chanting “shame” over and over. Ultimately, later on after the rally, nineteen transgender activists were arrested for their wrongful actions in the House gallery.
So, why is it that transgender activists not only disagreed with Senate Bill 150, but venomously acted out against the bill the way some did? I believe this to be so because transgender activists, simply put, rebel against the idea that truth is objective. The Christian worldview is one that holds the belief that truth is fixed and invariable. In other words, truth cannot be manipulated, changed, or influenced as it is immutable. From a Christian perspective, God is the ultimate source of objective truth, and He has made truth known to humanity through the Scriptures.
When it comes to gender, which is a significant aspect of what Senate Bill 150 addressed, the Biblical view is that God has created each person in His image either male or female (Genesis 1:27). If one attempts to alter the unchangeable truth about one’s biological makeup, it will only lead to a life far from flourishing because God’s biological design of each person plays a pivotal role in the wonderful plan He has for them.
When it comes to the transgender worldview, there is no such thing as objective truth. Reality itself is viewed in a completely different light. The transgender worldview rejects the idea that each person is created perfectly in the image of God either male or female for a wonderful plan and purpose without need of alteration. Truth is understood as subjective, which means truth can change due to a variety of reasons or causes. Thus, humans can self-determine on a fluid spectrum what gender they “identify” as regardless of one’s biological reality.
Deep down, however, I believe transgender activists truly know that their worldview is faulty and that there is objective truth, and that one’s biological makeup is concrete regardless of what they may say. They are simply suppressing the truth of God and hiding it within their own being. Paul puts it this way in Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” The suppression of truth, of God’s truth, deep down in one’s soul leads to grave anguish. It seems that some of the actions we witnessed during this legislative session, where transgender activists acted out in anger, are fundamentally connected to a deeper soul problem because, bluntly stated, there is no rest, peace, or joy found for those who are suppressing the truth.
To boil it down, one of the major underlying realities that arose from the session is the fact that the LGBTQ+ worldview and the Christian worldview collided head-on, ultimately due to their incongruence on the idea of truth. I am a firm believer that if our society follows a path, a worldview, like that of the LGBTQ+ community, which claims truth is adjustable and modifiable, only chaos and cultural ruin will pervade in our nation. We must actively engage those in the LGBTQ+ worldview, so they may come to see the reality that objective truth exists and that it is found in God’s Word. This is immensely important in loving our neighbors (Luke 10:27) because it is only when our civilization aligns itself with truth found in the Scriptures that the height of human flourishing can be experienced.