I’m so tired of hearing about this and I was planning on ignoring the topic entirely, but I recently read an article from James over at the I 53:5 Project about the Christian response to it in which I commented. The comment got a bit lengthy and I thought I’d re-post it here.
I see what you’re saying and I agree, kind of. I appreciate the softer approach to these issues because they, like most real world issues, are complicated. But instead of yelling condemning “turn or burn”, or even, “we’re all sinners” kind of things, I think our Christian response should be a dialogue.
We don’t (or at least shouldn’t) expect all of the non-believers to adhere to our beliefs but we still need to be faithful to them. If something is wrong, then it’s wrong; and when it’s gripping national headlines leading to awkward questions from our children then I think Christian parents are justified to be a little more than upset by it.
Jenner isn’t the first man to have (or be moving toward) a sex change, but it’s a sign of the times. It’s everywhere and people won’t stop talking about. As for my children (6, 4, & 2) I don’t feel like they need to be exposed to that, and when my 6 year old asked, “Is that a boy or a girl” at the grocery store, I’ll admit that I get a little aggravated.
So what should our Christian response be? To love people? Yes. To pray for sinners? Of course. To acknowledge our own sin? Without a doubt. But also need to be willing to call it like it is, and if our nation is embracing this the church needs to stand firm where God stands on it. Too many Christians want so badly to be “relevant” and “liked” to and by the unbelieving world that they celebrate things they should be mourning. What should our response be? I’d say the best biblical example would be Jeremiah. Not “For I know the plans I have for you” 29:11 which everyone loves, but the hard-hitting/uncomfortable 3:6-10:
“…Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, how she went up to every high hill and every green tree and played the whore? And I [God] thought ‘After she has done all this she will return to me,’ but she did not return to me and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, and too went and played the whore. Because she took her whoredom lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree. Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but in pretence, declares the Lord.”
America is much like faithless Israel. Christians striving to be “relevant” and “tolerant” are like treacherous Judah. There were still faithful people in both lands in Jeremiah’s day but they were far outnumbered and persecuted by the torrents of cultural changes away from God. Sorry, this got kind of long.