SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS: As your child’s parent, you know what’s best for your child. You know when your child is old enough to comprehend different topics and when discussing certain things is warranted. Every child is different, and that will vary from family to family and from topic to topic. For that reason, we did not put a recommended age on this topic. Instead, we trust that as your child’s parent, you will recognize when it’s appropriate to sit down and have this discussion with your child(ren). This is simply a guide to help you, if and when you choose to have this discussion about gender with your child(ren). In today’s world, including even in many elementary schools, there is a push to teach our youth that gender is fluid. But that’s not what the Bible says. That is not how our loving Creator designed us. God says at the end of Genesis 1:27: “male and female He created them.” With the ever-increasing push to normalize this idea of gender fluidity, and the push to teach it to children earlier and earlier, we have provided this guided discussion addressing the topic of gender from God’s Word.
Do you know that God made both men and women (and only men and women) in His image?
Prompts if no response: Of all of His creation on the earth, God created only man and woman in God’s image. They are not a direct copy of what God looks like, but look similar to God. Both men and women have character traits that resemble God. God created man and woman.
God made men and woman in His image Genesis 1:26-27 .
Discussion Question 1:
What does the Bible teach about gender?
Prompts if no response: God created only two genders—male and female. Men and women look different and have different strengths, so men and women can complement—complete—each other. One is not superior to one the other.
God knew that Adam on his own was not complete, and God made Eve as a companion who was “comparable to him”—like him, similar to him, right for him, suitable for him Genesis 2:18 . Men and women both have the same spiritual potential 1 Peter 3:7 .
Discussion Question 2:
Why do you think some may be confused or not understand how God designed gender?
Prompts if no response: Satan does not want human beings to become children of God. He will do anything he is allowed to do to prevent that, including trying to hide or confuse simple truths. God did not design human beings to modify their own gender. God designed men and women to give glory to God by living with the gender they were born with. God said a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife—woman. God did not give any exceptions or modifications. Throughout most of history, and still in many countries today, women were treated as inferior to men in spite of God’s design for man and woman to complement—complete—each other. Medical and mental illnesses, as well as bullying and societal pressures, can lead people to be confused about their gender—whether they are boys or girls. Satan will use any tactic he can to twist the things God has made.
Discussion Question 3:
What are some ways boys and girls are the same? What are some differences?
Prompts if no response: Both can be kind, strong, smart, problem-solvers, loving, helpful, etc. Both boys and girls can display God’s character. Boys and girls look different, but each have the same potential to be in God’s Kingdom. Women were designed to give birth to babies.
Man is to be the head of the family Ephesians 5:23 . Woman is to be a helper to her husband Ephesians 5:22-24 . Both responsibilities require different strengths to be developed. Men and women do this while striving to have the character of Christ Ephesians 5:24-25 .
Hypothetical 1 and 2:
What would you think or say back if you heard a boy say, “I think I should be a girl” or a girl say, “I want to be a boy”?
Prompts if no response: God made you special and has a plan for you just as you were made. Not all boys are the same, and not all girls are the same. So just because you might like things that a boy/girl likes doesn’t mean you need to change your gender. Both boys and girls can like sports, writing, trucks, singing, fixing things, cooking, etc.
We all need to have the mind of Christ 1 Corinthians 2:16 . Men should look like men, and women should look like women 1 Corinthians 11:6-7 , but that doesn’t mean they can be interested in only certain activities.
What are some unchristian reactions to those who might be confused about their gender? What are some Christian reactions?
Prompts if no response: Unchristian reactions include bullying them, making fun of them with your friends, mocking them, calling them stupid, thinking that they are sinning worse than other people who are confused and sinning, etc. Christian reactions include remembering what God teaches about gender, showing kindness and love while not agreeing with them, etc.
SCRIPTURES FOR MORE STUDY OR REFERENCE
1 Corinthians 14:33; Deuteronomy 22:5