Notable Quotable: “Conservative Christianity, the Church, and the Transgender Question” – Russell Moore

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“As conservative Christians, we do not see transgendered persons as ”freaks” to be despised or ridiculed. We acknowledge that there are some persons who feel alienated from their identities as men or as women. Of course that would be the case in a fallen universe in which all of us are alienated, in some way, from how God created us to be.

“But we don’t believe this alienation can be solved by pretending as though we have Pharaoh-like dominion over our maleness or femaleness. These categories we believe (along with every civilization before us) are about more than just self-construction, and they can’t be eradicated by a change of clothes or chemical tinkering or a surgeon’s knife, much less by an arbitrary announcement in the high school gym.

“The transgender question means that conservative Christian congregations such as mine must teach what’s been handed down to us, that our maleness and femaleness points us to an even deeper reality, to the unity and complementarity of Christ and the church. A rejection of the goodness of those creational realities then is a revolt against God’s lordship, and against the picture of the gospel that God had embedded in the creation.

“But this also means that we will love and be patient with those who feel alienated from their created identities. We must recognize that some in our churches will face a long road of learning what it means to live as God created them to be, as male or female. That sort of long, slow, plodding and sometimes painful obedience is part of what Jesus said would be true of every believer: the bearing of a cross. That cross-bearing reminds us that God doesn’t receive us because of our own effort but because God reconciled us to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”

(Russell Moore, “Conservative Christianity and the transgender question”, Washington Post)

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2 thoughts on “Notable Quotable: “Conservative Christianity, the Church, and the Transgender Question” – Russell Moore

  1. While I certainly agree that as Christians we are never to treat sinners (the lost) unkindly because of the type of their sinning, but we also are not to accept the practice of sin by those within the church regardless of how long they make claim to salvation.
    At salvation we become new creations. We are warned to not be deceived in 1Cor. 6. We are told that no one who is born again continues to practice sin in 1John 3. What ever background of sinning a person comes from at salvation they become overcomers and no longer need to practice sin. If sin remains in their life it is a choice and they need to be confronted in love.

    That is not to say there will not be temptation and battles in those areas, but those battles are won through the Lord Jesus Christ as we walk in the Spirit and at no time according to scripture does a true believer continue in sinning as a practice.
    1John 3:8,9 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
    No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.

    1Cor.6: 9-11a Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
    nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God
    And such WERE some of you.
    So let us take heed of the warning and not be deceived making a mockery of salvation and the God who offers it lest there be those who creep in unaware.

  2. Oddly enough, I could agree with this, with only a few words changed.

    Do not reject the God-given femaleness of my mind and spirit. I fit, better, in the world expressing my femaleness than trying to pretend to be a man. It was a painful, difficult act, and I just could not keep it up any longer.

    To give you some idea: I did a thought experiment. If I had to have my smallest right toe amputated- say it had been crushed, and could not be saved- I would accept that, but it would be horrible. It is a dreadful idea for me. Yet, the operation I had: I have had few moments of greater happiness than sitting in the psychiatrist’s office, when he recommended that operation.

    Our feelings speak to the reality of the situation, more than your perception of our bodies. God has brought me to healing, by bringing me through transition.

    God be with you.

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