6/15/15 at 11:33 AM 5 Comments

Bruce or Caitlyn?

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There are two Biblical principles that should guide us through the most recent brave new world scenario: what should a Christian call the decathlon winner who once appeared on a box of Wheaties?

What is the truth?

From a scientific standpoint, a person’s body may be altered, but DNA never changes. A man can call himself a tomato and paint his body red, but he will never be turned into a bottle of ketchup.

From a theological standpoint, there are three Bible verses that point us in a helpful direction:

1. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created two distinct genders: male and female. Jesus affirmed this in Matthew 19:4. Gender is important to God.

2. Psalm 139: 13-16 tells us that God assigns a gender to every human He knits together.

3. Deuteronomy 22:5 tells us that God wants men to present themselves like males and women to present themselves like females. Although this verse speaks specifically about clothing, the principle can be applied to nomenclature. Males should present themselves with male names and females should present themselves with female names.

While every society determines which names are masculine and which are feminine, Bruce is a masculine name and Caitlyn is a feminine name. Honesty demands that I call a person with XY chromosomes by an XY moniker. That goes for pronouns too.

Truth demands that we are honest and call them not as the pitcher sees them, but call them as they are.

What is love?

The world calls Christians “haters” because we won’t affirm people who want to mutilate their bodies. Let’s consider the issue of love and hate through the same two filters: science and theology.

1. Science tells us that transsexuals experience a higher depression and suicide rate than any other people group. Here is just one study from Sweden: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21364939

2. Theology tells us that any individual who willfully rebels against God and lives an unrepentant life of sin will face the wrath of God on judgment day.

Who is more loving: people who push a person over a cliff or the people who attempt to save that person?

Truth and Love

Christians love transgender strugglers. We do not want them to live a life of regret that ends in an early death. We want transsexuals to live long and abundant lives.

Christians don’t want anyone to perish on the day of wrath, we want everyone to know, love and enjoy the One who died to save them. We want people to go to heaven.

“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).

While the world kisses Caitlyn, Christians are willing to love Bruce Jenner enough to wound him.

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