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How We Should Respond to the Transgender Conversation
Written by Dave Herrmann | June 2, 2015
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re all too familiar with Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner. Yes, Bruce, now Caitlyn, recently came out with the news that “he” was transitioning to a “she.”
Now, we can go on and on about what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s biblical, what’s not biblical. However, we want to keep this post positive and focus on something that we all can relate to here: internal conflict. It’s very easy to look at a transgender person and judge him/her. It’s even easier to move your fingers across the keyboard and write a not-so-nice comment. However, we challenge you to pause, and then try and step into their shoes. Think back to a time when you were up against something really difficult, something really trying, something that it seems like NO ONE understood, except for you. Do you remember how you felt? Well, take that and amplify it by 100, because that’s how transgender people must feel having to face this internal conflict on a very public stage.
I write this from a Christian perspective. I truly feel for these individuals. I feel for those who are struggling. I feel for those who are sitting in their homes right now reading this and believing they should be the opposite sex. I feel for those who are too afraid to open up to anyone for fear of what might happen next. To those who are praying for God to help and feel completely alone, by just saying to you, “You’re a sinner,” I’m doing nothing good. In fact, I’m condemning you and making the situation worse. Some Christians choose this perspective, but I don’t think it’s effective or will ever help expand the Gospel in our day and age.
The reality is I don’t truly know what the Bible says about this debate fully. We can point to scripture such as Deuteronomy 22:5 and quickly realize that this passage isn’t specifically about “this,” it’s about women not wearing warrior/armor clothing. It’s not a moral law per se, it’s a ceremonial law. Context in the Bible DOES help a lot on anything.
So, as many of you DO discuss the transgender issue in your social circles, I believe you should take the following stance.
1. Speak about what is good. Transgender people are people like you and me. They are sinners like you and me. They are struggling in some way like you and me. We’re all human, we’re all full of flaws. Talk up what is good instead of focusing on the negative.
2. Speak about what is true. Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. He doesn’t say love your neighbor as yourself if you agree with them. No, it states over and over again to love them. No. Matter. What. As we believe that the Word of God is the truth, the truth will set us free. The truth is, loving people no matter what is what Jesus tells us to do, period.
3. Pray for those struggling with their identity. It can be an isolating and lonely experience. Ask God to give you an opportunity to minister to someone in your life who could use the light and hope of Christ. Pray that God gives you wisdom concerning how you act, speak and react to those going through situations you don’t understand.
That’s it. That’s all you need to do. There is plenty of guidance in the Bible about listening more and talking less. And as we stated in our homosexuality article, the same can be applied here. In this day and age we talk first, we attack first. Let’s stop it. Let’s be the place that transgender people WANT to come to for help and support. Let’s share the true message of Jesus, not one of condemnation and ridicule, but of love and selfLESSness.
Let’s put our own opinions and differences aside and come together in unity and in love. In doing so, we’ll free our minds of evil thoughts and become the difference-makers this world needs.