The Rise of Drag Queens

Granted, the title is to get your attention but it does describe the current situation. For centuries, those who wanted to be in drag did not seek public attention or approval. Most people did not bother the drag queens because they kept to their little out-of-the-way venues and did not intrude on other people’s rights or activities.

But things seem to be changing and we are getting closer to the atmosphere that caused God to destroy the world in Noah’s time. Too many people are accepting and supporting the drag queen movement to the mainstream where it does not belong.

In fact, according to the Bible, drag queens do not belong anywhere in society and this behavior is very wrong. There are those Christians who dismiss the OT as if it does not exist. They only go by the NT which doe snot make as explicit comments as the OT does.

In Deut. 22:5 we have God command about this issue:

A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God. (NASB)

Their attitude is why we wrote the post The OT in the NT and click on those words to get to that article. We will challenge anyone to show in the NT where God changed his mind or what is an abomination to him.

We want them to properly exegete any passage they find that makes it okay to disobey this command in the OT. But before you do, we found a very good explanation of this passage and we will quote it at length here:

Women Shall Not Wear Men’s Clothing

The first part of the verse prohibits women from wearing men’s clothing and from using a wide variety of items normally associated with men. Unfortunately, the English translations of the verse are inadequate. Notice that the Hebrew word that is translated as “clothing” in the first part of Deuteronomy 22:5 is כְלִי־ or keli.

This Hebrew word means more than just clothing (see Exodus 22:6; Leviticus 11:32; 13:49).[1] Keli includes ornaments, weapons and other symbols that are uniquely characteristic of men.[2, 3] That is, God is prohibiting women from wearing men’s clothing and appearing as men. For example, women cannot wear men’s clothes, wear men’s hairdos or wear men’s watches, medallions or other male artifacts. God is referring to a habitual pattern of life.

Men Shall Not Wear Women’s Clothing

The second part of the verse prohibits men from wearing women’s clothing too! But the Hebrew word for clothing in the second part of the verse is שִׂמְלַ֣ת or simla. The word is different from the word translated as “clothing” in the first part of the verse. Simla refers to women’s clothing explicitly.[4] This means that men cannot wear women’s clothing! The meaning of the word is narrower than keli.

An Abomination To The LORD Your God

The last part of the verse is a warning that “whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.” This statement helps us understand that this command from the Lord our God seeks to maintain the sanctity of the distinction between the sexes which was established by the creation of man and woman (Genesis 1:27).[4] (Source)

God does not change. What is sin in the OT is sin in the NT, and what is evil in the OT is evil in the NT. What is wrong in the OT is wrong in the NT. If God changed those factors then he would not be a fair and just God.

In the footnotes, the author of those quoted words quoted Keil & Delitzch:

“The immediate design of this prohibition was not to prevent licentiousness, or to oppose idolatrous practices . . . but to maintain the sanctity of that distinction of the sexes which was established by the creation of man and woman . . .”

We put the most important words in bold. men are to be men and women are to be women. That boundary is not to be crossed at any time. There are people out there who say women can wear men’s clothing but their reasoning is all wrong and they are ignoring God’s instructions.

One example is the article- Why Women Can Dress Like Men But Not Vice Versa but it is not a very in-depth piece and shows a lack of understanding of the whole issue. This topic may bring up the arguments of traditional clothing, i.e. kilts in Scotland.

All those situations do is tell everyone that somewhere in the deep history of a society, civilization, or nation, people began to ignore God and his feelings and dressed the way they wanted to. it just happens that those items of clothing made it to the 20th and 21st centuries.

Adding cultural practices to those changes in clothing styles does not make cross-dressing good or right. What is wrong in the beginning is also wrong centuries down the road. But that classification of wrong must go by God’s declaration, not someone’s personal preference.

This situation is not helped when famous fashion designers start to market women’s clothing to men (source). We are not going to be one of those people who say ‘what you do in your own home is up to you.’

If it violates God’s commands then it is wrong when done in public and wrong when you do it at home. But here is the clincher. Dressing in drag, male or female, is not the unpardonable sin. Drag queens can find forgiveness if they truly repent of ALL their sins and give up their desires to be drag queens.

They will need to let Jesus totally redeem them and make them new creatures. Repentance and redemption do not work if the sinner hangs onto their sins. This goes for homosexuals and transgenders as well as other members of the LGBTQ community.

You have to love Jesus more than your sins to receive repentance and redemption and all of this is done by the grace of God. If you want a new life, you have to totally get rid of the old (this does not mean getting a divorce or similar actions).

Dressing in drag is wrong, and it is even more wrong when you parade such lifestyles in front of unsuspecting and undiscerning children. Drag queens and their supporters have no right to interfere with parental rights and exposing their children to such lifestyles is sin and very wrong.

Remember, what Jesus said about turning children’s beliefs away from him:

but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Mt. 18:6 NASB)

Mark and Luke have similar passages in their content as well. But another important verse to remember is from 1 Corinthians:

By sinning against your brothers in this way and wounding their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. (8:12)

You may think that someone dressing in drag is not that important but it is. It is a tool to steal people from God and destroy their lives and eternal destinations.