On June 1, 2015, Vanity Fair released their latest edition presenting a photograph cover of Bruce Jenner with the caption, “Call Me Caitlyn.” As I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed that day, photos, articles, and status updates of the event flooded my page. I read many of them as I came across the updates on my page, and encountered many different views on the topic. The two main stances on Bruce Jenner’s transformation involved acceptance from many people in the nation who consider him a “hero”, or people, especially the Christian community, deeming Bruce Jenner as a sinner who is “going to hell.”
Especially for the Christian community, whenever subjects like this gain media attention, they are matters that bring controversy, animosity, and debate. It seems as if everyone is waiting for a Christian to use the “s” word, sinner, as well as wait for us to have something to say on the topic so they can constantly remind us that we are to practice what we preach and not judge.
As a follower of Christ myself, I stand my ground on what the Bible is clear and factual, what is and is not acceptable. The Bible clearly mentions, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Lev. 18.22) and that the covenant of marriage is strictly between a man and a woman, “therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2.24). So I whole-heartedly believe that a relationship whether in dating or marriage should only exist between a man and woman.
Us Christians do have to follow our values and beliefs. We have to obey our most gracious father in heaven. While we do so, we also have to show love and compassion, especially in a sensitive topic such as this. The post is not really about Bruce Jenner and his transformation; it is about our response and us. It is about presenting to the world that just as the wife reflects upon her husband, the Church should accurately reflect Jesus. Jesus loves the people on the covers of magazines just as much as He loves you and me. The true scandal is not what one decides to do with his life, but with what Jesus did with His. The real issue worth discussing regards our gracious God who came to die and live again so that He could redeem broken sinners like us to inherit eternal life.
Before the public starts talking, before the internet gets going, before there are harsh and angry debates, and Christians are viewed as those who look to judge and carry around pockets full of stones, let us keep in mind that no matter what the cover of a page tells us to call a person, first, we must refer to one another as loved.
|September 18, 2015 at 10:46|
I think it’s really important that we’re talking about this on here. I am wholeheartedly Christian, and I also very much support Caitlyn and her journey (I am using female pronouns because she has expressed her preference for them). I might not necessarily understand where she is coming from or why she chose to transition, but I believe that God made us all in His image. And by that logic (since I also do not believe that being LGBT+ is by any way a mental illness) I believe that God sent her to be a symbol of bravery to those going through their own struggles. I do like how you emphasize that we are not to judge; Matthew 7:1-3 is a passage I feel like many overlook too often. Sure, I don’t necessarily understand why she is doing what she is, but I believe our job as followers of Christ is to walk in His footsteps and follow His commandments, the greatest of which is love.
|October 4, 2015 at 22:49|
I feel like a lot of Christians don’t seem to understand that we live in a fallen world. And because of that, our bodies are not born perfect. If a child is born with a birth defect, we go out of our way to make life better for them. Now, this is not saying that being transgender is a birth defect. I believe that God gives all of us a gender. However, since we live in a fallen world, it might not line up with our anatomy. But whether or not you agree with me, we still need to love.
|May 17, 2016 at 09:25|
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