The Perfection of Imperfection

January 12, 2011 at 12:10 am 7 comments

Cindy on the cover of the magazine George.

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I read two blog posts recently that really made me think about some things. People are always saying that God doesn’t make mistakes, and, indeed, I believe this to be true. God has a plan. We just don’t know what it is.

On John Shore’s blog, he published a piece of writing from a young man who was contemplating his first real exchange with a transgender female from the Thruway Christians. The young man talked about his struggle with how God could make a female who is trapped in a male’s body when God is perfect. Some people often use the same argument for why gays can’t be born that way. It’s got to be a choice because God doesn’t make mistakes.

There was another echo of that same concept on Julie Clawson’s blog, onehandclapping (also on my blogroll – please check her out), about Julie’s disability. Julie was born without an arm below the elbow. She talked of her frustration with well meaning Christians who believe that they should pray for her arm to sprout. And she talked about the same concept of God’s “perfection.”

Well, let’s think about that for a minute. Would we want a world where everyone was perfect? If perfect is a young Cindy Crawford, would we really want a world where every woman looks exactly like Cindy Crawford did in her twenties? I’m sure some guy out there will say yes. But I think most people like variety.

I realize that’s not quite the same thing as being born transgender or being born without an arm. But when we question God’s perfection over making people with disabilities or diseases or less than perfect looks, or less than stellar intellect, then aren’t we questioning God and his plan?

I don’t think that God is the god of eugenics. Do you? I mean, do you really think that God sits in his bunker in heaven with his tiny mustache and tries to create a super race of blond haired, blue-eyed specimens of perfection? Do you think the real problem is that we keep thwarting his master plan with our free will and haphazard procreation?

Yeah, me, neither. For one thing, the Hebrew people are God’s chosen race. For another, we’d all get tired of those tall blonde, blue eyed Nazis after awhile. Even they would get tired of one another and eventually long for some gorgeous, swarthy person of the opposite sex to whisper in Yiddish to them. I know I would, anyway. Please. Whisper “shiksa” to me.

The parallel may seem like a stretch – from questioning God’s perfection over a missing arm or a gender identity issue or a sexual orientation issue all the way to anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. But really, not so much. It’s all the same concept, just on a different scale. I believe those things that we humans see as being imperfect are not imperfect at all to God. Learning to love people who are “different” makes us all a little more perfect in God’s eyes. And remember, even Cindy Crawford has that mole.


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  • 1. popsdumonde  |  January 13, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Seems to me God’s perfect plan was thwarted in the garden.
    I believe God can and does improve our lives and can do much if we submit to “His” plan for us. As I understand it, God is not the current ruling party on this planet at this time.

    • 2. Author  |  January 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      I think God’s perfect plan in the Garden may have been for Adam and Eve to live forever and never age, maybe never have babies. We don’t know that for sure. Eve didn’t give birth until after the fall, and then God just said that she would bring forth children in pain, not that it was now his plan for her to bear progeny when it was not his plan originally.

      We all have free will. We were not given it after the fall. Adam and Eve exercised it when they ate that fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It’s always been there, a part of God’s plan all along. We should also remember that God created the world in the first seven days, according to the story, which I believe is probably meant to be an allegory. The world included the Garden but also included the world into which Adam & Eve were banished. It doesn’t say that God, after Adam & Eve sinned in the Garden, then created an alternative, imperfect earth to which Adam & Eve were banished.

      Also, a lot of Christians interpret the Fall as being tied to sex since Adam & Eve were now ashamed of their nudity where they weren’t before. I think that’s interpreting sex as a punishment, and I don’t think sex is much of a punishment from my first hand experience of it, do you? I think sex is, instead, a blessing. I bet they had lots of sex in the Garden.

  • 3. Laurel  |  January 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Well, your first commenter stole my thoughts. As Albert Mohler says, “we live in a Genesis 3 world”. We and the earth itself were cursed when we disobeyed God. I am doing a bible study on Genesis right now, and it is very interesting to see how often God tied his curses of us to the earth, until Noah. We won’t see perfection until the end of times, and who knows what that will look like. Having cited Albert Mohler, may I recommend him to you as the most cogent writer of Christian beliefs that I know of.

    • 4. Author  |  January 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      I’d like to go on record as saying that God still has a plan, and that plan is perfect. We have free will after the fall which we are able to exercise. God set in motion the laws of the universe which govern things like DNA which as I understand it can control genetic characteristics and to a certain extent, things we like to refer to as “birth defects.” I believe that a woman without an arm and a gay man and a transgender woman and even alcoholics were all born just exactly the way the were meant to be, and that is all according to God’s plan.

      • 5. popsdumonde  |  January 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        I think there is quite a bit more to the consequences of the fall than just pain in child birth.
        Of course we have always had free will, the consequences even now after the fall for exercising our free will contrary to God’s plan are dire at times.
        If one believes the Bible account, roses didn’t have thorns until after the fall. DNA can and does become altered with chemicals and environmental conditions.
        Someday we will see perfection in the perfect and understand how far we have fallen.

    • 6. Author  |  January 14, 2011 at 2:43 am

      I will have to check out Albert Mohler. Thank you for the recommendation.

    • 7. Author  |  January 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

      I’m sorry. I’ve checked out Albert Mohler’s website, and his tired argument of love the sinner and not the sin may be more compassionate than a lot of Christian arguments about the subject of homosexuality, but I just think he’s plain old wrong. That doesn’t make me discount him altogether, but I know already that we are going to disagree on a subject of importance to me. I think that continuing in this vein of thinking will eventually “reveal” to the world that Christianity is irrelevant and, ultimately, hypocritical, because a religion that claims to be about love is saying that some people are cursed with a love that is labeled by god as being sinful. My God doesn’t believe that.


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