Does Cross-Dressing Apply to Today?

When I try to explain to people that women being in the military and police force is cross dressing, they usually look at me strange. Cross dressing? Do we recognize cross dressing as a disgrace to God? I don’t think we see it this way anymore. It was most certainly not on my radar two years ago. Cross dressing is an abomination to God because it is a distortion to His creation. It is dishonorable to God. We must see it this way. If we don’t, as John Calvin has said, “Not only for decency’s sake, but lest one kind of liberty should at length lead to something worse.”

So how are women in the military and police force cross dressing? The police force on the outset of exploration is a murky subject due to the fact that there were no “police” back in biblical times. The military served as the police force. Many Christians today make the claim that the Bible is not clear about the allowance of women in the police force and therefore it is a matter of “liberty” to join. This mentality does not show a good attitude when it comes to finding out what God wants, requires of, or what is best for His people. For the sake of argument women in the police force is the same as women in the military. To read more about women in combat click here. Let’s dig into some passages that talk about cross dressing. The passages we will revolve around will be Deuteronomy 22:5 and 1 Corinthians 11:7-16.

Deuteronomy 22:5, “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

John Calvin, who is known as one of the greatest commentators of the Bible in the history of Christendom, makes these remarks to Deut. 22:5:

“Garments are not in themselves of so much importance; but as it is disgraceful for men to become effeminate, and also for women to affect manliness in their dress and gestures, propriety and modesty are prescribed, not only for decency’s sake, but lest one kind of liberty should at length lead to something worse. The words of the heathen poet are very true: [97] “What shame can she, who wears a helmet, show, Her sex deserting?” Wherefore, decency in the fashion of the clothes is an excellent preservative of modesty.”

Other commentators such as Gill and Matthew Henry also say this passage is talking specifically of women wearing military clothing.

The other passage I would like to mention is 1 Corinthians 11:7-16 which talks about wives being subject to their husband’s authority and this is rooted in creation and in the created order. In this passage, it talks about what is “natural.” This is referring to the differences in men and women. Women covering their heads showed and symbolized these differences. When women shaved their heads it was a disgrace because it showed rebellion and the fighting of the created order. A website* trying to explain cross dressing mentioned this, “Whatever the prevailing custom, men and women should wear gender-appropriate clothing, dressing decently and in order.” Some people claim the 1 Corinthian passage is cultural. Here is the problem with this. Culture changes. In this culture, it is not a matter of if but when the clothing changes to be gender neutral, how do we keep sacred the outward showing of the beautiful differences between men and women? We have to draw a line.

On the topic of culture, masculinity and femininity is not cultural. It might appear different in cultures, but there will always be a separation; however small it may be. I believe it is our duty to fight the culture to make the gap wider between the differences of men and women. For example: The t-shirt was designed for men in the military. There is nothing inherently masculine about the t-shirt so there is no problem for women to wear one: a t-shirt can be feminized. The military uniform, however, is inherently masculine and therefore women should not wear it: killing and fighting is never feminine.

Please think with me what is more masculine in appearance than a marine corps uniform? Please comment to what could be more masculine. I would love to hear your opinion. We must look beyond the dress as well. Posture, gestures, stances, mannerism, etc. The military is inherently masculine because it has to be. When a women is in this environment it is a distortion to the created order and how God wants the differences to be shown in relation to men and women. Women who are in the military and police force are cross dressing. And it is not up to us to decide whether cross dressing is a sin or not because the Bible is clear.

What the extremists are saying today, our children will be thinking tomorrow, and our grandchildren will be believing. We must stand firm, fight for the differences in men and women, see how disgraceful it is to cross dress. We must raise the standard: For the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. And also for our children and grand children’s sake.

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