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In certain schools in Stockholm, teachers try not to use terms like “boys” or “girls.” In an effort to reach a greater level of gender equality, the country of Sweden is pushing for gender neutrality. Pronouns like “he and she” are replaced with “hen,” and children’s books have protagonists who are not clearly male or female.


The article goes on to discuss how a Christian may and should interact with such a society (as it exists in Sweden and as it is coming to the rest of the Western world).

There are two related issues on the goodness of the human body which are not directly addressed in the article: 1) The irrationality of the move toward materialism and a genderless body. It makes no sense to argue that a human is merely a body and at the same time to argue that the body’s physiology means nothing. According to the article, the tension in Sweden is moving toward resolution in favor of a kind of feminism: “Feminism as the state religion is probably not all that off the mark although gender activists here still find plenty of things to campaign on.”

2) The human body is the space of the war of God against his enemies:

9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,v10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:9-15

Now, I cannot begin to fathom everything which Paul covers in this passage; nor do I fully understand how an attack upon biological gender helps the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) in his efforts to blind human beings to the glory of God. Rather, these are things which Christians must ponder along with the practical effects of such move of state religion as is taking place in Sweden.