If you have been reading the news you’ve probably heard that world athletics is in crisis with tests showing champion runner Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite – a person with both female and male sexual characteristics.
As a Christian blogger I have to ask the question, what is the Christian community to make of this? Personally I think our first response must be compassion. I can’t imagine how awful it must be for Semenya, to have this personal tragedy played out in the public sphere.
But beyond that, I wonder what Christian fundamentalists make of it? Whatever the truth of the genetic basis of homosexuality, there is no doubt that hermaphroditism is genetic. On the other hand, I wonder what Christian liberals make of it? No one is suggesting this condition is one to be celebrated. It would seem hermaphrodites challenge many homespun truths.
I wonder, how would Jesus counsel a hermaphrodite who came for help?