Redefining Gender: WHO

Redefining Gender: WHO

In a move that has been anticipated for years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed gender incongruence from its chapter on mental disorders and placed it in a newly created chapter on sexual health.

Newsweekly recently reported The World Health Organisation (WHO) has updated their diagnostic model that will no longer class “gender incongruence” – perceiving oneself to be of a different sex than what you were born – as a mental disorder. (Newsweekly, 28 July 2018, page 12).

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is the bedrock for health statistics. It maps the human condition from birth to death: any injury or disease we encounter in life − and anything we might die of − is coded.

The ICD also captures factors influencing health, or external causes of mortality and morbidity, providing a holistic look at every aspect of life that can affect health.

The WHO website states:

The rationale being that while evidence is now clear that it is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this can cause enormous stigma for people who are transgender, there remain significant health care needs that can best be met if the condition is coded under the ICD.

So as Christians, how do we deal with the phenomenon of gender incongruence?

Andrew T. Walker (Director of policy studies at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) states:

While Christianity doesn’t guarantee total relief in this life, it does guarantee future resurrection from our desires, perceptions, and bodies that are subject to decay and death (1 Cor. 15:50–56).

A person may never fully arrive at peace, but putting on the new self, remade in Jesus Christ, means embracing and trusting God’s authority over every facet of our existence (Col. 3:1–11).

Only Christians humble enough to recognise their own brokenness will be capable of walking with people through struggles that seem very different from their own.

The good news at the heart of the Christian message is that God is a redeemer, graciously restoring those who turn to him, and working through them lovingly to restore something of the brokenness in society.

Ultimately, his promise is that all of creation will be fully restored in the new heaven and new earth, but for now we are individual 'works in progress' as the Holy Spirit continues to make us more and more like Jesus Christ.

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