A Christian response to transgender individuals...

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I just finished reading a great article over at the Federalist discussing the indoctrination of school children (K-5) in Queer Theory. Last year it was so-called transgender students being used to push the agenda. This year it is a teacher. Mr. Reuter now wants to be known as Ms. Reuter. The article is excellent and makes a number of important points. I encourage you to read it, but two things occur to me that weren't covered.

First, I wonder if anybody with a child at that school will instruct him to continue calling Mr. Reuter "Mr. Reuter"? There is a lot that we can and should do to make people feel welcome and accepted and loved, but love is never of God when it lead us to...

break God's Moral Law, the Ten Commandments. It doesn't matter how deeply hurt Mr. Stickyfingers feels, nor how his story moves us to pity. If the only way he feels loved is when people steal candy from children and give it to him, Christians are obligated to leave him feeling unloved. Stealing is wrong. Christians acknowledge and teach this fact by not stealing. Lying is also wrong, and Christians refuse to lie—even to make somebody feel loved. To call a man "Ms." is not just silly. It's a lie.

Christians need to recognize this and refuse to sin in this way. What a great opportunity to "have nothing to do with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them!"1

Even more importantly, why do we expect a man who is so very confused to be able to teach kids anything? He needs to be in a mental institution, and not just because he has a serious mental disorder. We lock people up in asylums because they are a danger to themselves and others. In this case, he is obviously a threat to himself—he is liable to castrate himself and cut off his penis. But more to the point, he is a threat to children.

A man who is unwilling or unable to recognize such a fundamental sexual distinction as man and woman cannot be trusted to distinguish and honor other fundamental categories related to sex such as adult and child, consent and rape. Our Lord said:

It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.2

  • 1. Ephesians 5:11
  • 2. Luke 17:1, 2

Joseph and his wife, Heidi, have five children, Tate, Eliza Jane, Moses, Fiona and Annabel. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Clearnote Pastors College. He is currently planting Christ Church in Cincinnati with several other families.