Originally Posted by Steven E. Webster
At the same time, neither we nor Paul can become entirely free of the gender ideologies that are part of "the air we breathe." We constantly need to be challenged on the issues, like gender, that we take for granted.
That is why trangender Christians today take so much comfort in Paul's assertion that the male/female divide doesn't matter. It's not that they think Paul knew about 21st century trans rights. The consolation comes that in God's scheme gender and all the roles we ascribe to it culturally don't matter in the end. Trans people like everyone else are freed by Christ from the Law, including the laws of gender imperatives. Sorry if this is too political sounding, but to me Paul leaves politics behind in this passage. perhaps unwittingly, but he does.