Vince Gil: That's very correct. And one of the problems here is that some of the changes that have been proposed in the language, some of the very terms that are being used - and I'll explain that in just a second - literally challenges the ideology of Christians that have sort of heretofore have pretty much pretty stayed and relied on certain conceptions of what the human being is. Whether we get it from the Bible directly, whether we get it from our theology, the bottom line stays the same. And that is for generations, decades, centuries, we have seen the human being in a particular way. This new language of gender really has thrown a kink into this and really helped us to try to figure out…I hope we have been able to figure out a way to really understand what is correct, what is not correct about this language; what can we keep, what should we change, and what should we not change?
Let me give you two examples. The whole term sex and gender have been conflated in a way today that they seem interchangeable. You hear people talk about gender and you hear people talk about sexist, and one were almost identical to the other.
Karl Vaters: That’s always been my assumption that those were synonyms, and now I’m being told that they’re not.
Vince Gil: They're really not. And there's a long history behind that. It's that we have literally allowed gender to take over the understanding of what sex is all about. If we talk about sex being the physical body, the physiology of the individual, the hormones, the chromosomes, et cetera, and we talk about gender being the same thing, we're missing out some things about gender that we need to understand. So let me be clear here.
Gender really involves a lot more than just the physical body. It involves what the culture puts together that says you’re masculine, you’re feminine, you should look this way, you should act this way, you should behave this way. So gender is a compilation of a lot of socially constructed elements that go along with the physical body. Right, wrong or indifferent, the bottom line is that we assimilate both. We assimilate with the body is telling us about ourselves. I'm a male, I have male organs, I feel male, testosterone helps me feel this way. I'm female, I have estrogen, et cetera, et cetera. But I also have all these other elements that have come in through learning, through experience, but as gender. And gender is constructed in the same way that we construct other things, but we internalize it.