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For many people around the world, 2020 was an unprecedentedly challenging year, so much so that even the term “2020” has become synonymous with chaos or craziness. As many, if not all, Christians continue to feel the devastating effects of all that took place that year — especially as tensions between the church and the government continue to rise across America — there has also been a sudden increase in discussions over Romans 13, among other related passages.

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It might be the most triggering verse in all of scripture for our modern world. Fewer words, when put into syntactical order, can cause such offense to the most sensitive out there. The verse is Genesis 1:27:

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27, NASB; emphasis mine)

It’s not a bold statement to say that the modern world currently has gender in its crosshairs. And in the last twenty years, the confusion about gender has seemed to grow in intensity and frequency. What do you think would happen if you put Genesis 1:27 on a t-shirt and spent the whole day walking around the Mall of America? Do you think people would be ok with that? Would they agree with what your t-shirt says? That is why it is important to focus on the truth about gender as it is revealed in God’s Word.

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You’d have to be intentionally ignoring the world around you today to not notice that many people believe America has a problem with racism. The concept of race has existed for thousands of years, but its definition has been changed from what it was originally. Now, I don’t normally use Wikipedia as a reliable reference, but in this case I like how it defines race.