On Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in front of a cafe in downtown Washington, sipping coffee under a sliver of roof on a wet day, minding my own business, when three people who were clearly tourists walked up and gestured for me to take out my headphones. I asked them why they wanted to pray for me, and the same person answered that they felt called by God to walk around the streets of D. I sure as hell caught the gist of why these folks happened upon me to offer prayer.
In the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them. If man was created in the image of God, and woman was created in the image of the same God — God must be transgender, right? I believe this to be true not just in interacting with key populations for HIV infection, including transgenders people, but true in reconciling race relations in this country starting with state sanctioned violence against brown and black men and women.
I recently met a lovely young family in the northern suburbs of Dallas. They told me they previously attended a large Baptist church there — until their high school son became their daughter. We love everybody here.
It is always a tragedy when anybody takes their own life, doubly so when they are so young. This week Leelah Alcorn took her own life. In her note, she mentioned various reasons for her course of actions, from not thinking she would be able to pass as female to the lack of acceptance from her family. Out of the whole situation, which leaves a lot to digest, this one statement has been rattling around my brain ever since the public outcry to end reparative therapy began.
In the s a cousin of mine, Paula Grossman, became one of the first people in America to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. She was fired after her surgery, and she subsequently lost her lawsuit for wrongful termination based on sex discrimination though a court did rule that she could receive a disability pension. Still, for the first time it is possible to imagine a ruling from a fully seated Supreme Court to comprehensively outlaw discrimination against transgender people.
Need Help? Contact Contributor Services. Later authors of Scripture interpreted this twofold act of creation and blessing to entail moral norms such as the mutual cultivation of intimacy between husband and wife and the prohibition of sexual immorality and divorce c.
The transgender debate is becoming all-encompassing. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture moves with such speed that working out how to respond seems overwhelming, if not impossible. So here are five essential things for Christians to keep in mind as we think about and speak about transgenderism.
Part of the Transgenderism Series. Note: Many of these resources deal with sensitive and difficult issues and contain contents for mature readers. Over the years, Focus on the Family has created a number of resources dealing with "transgenderism. Our goal is to help Christians understand God's design of the two sexes; see how the transgender agenda distorts God's intentions; realize how transgenderism impacts our culture — including education, public accommodations and freedom; and finally, to respond biblically by engaging others with grace and truth.
Thank you for asking this question. Click To Tweet. There is only one passage that seems to point to displeasure with transgender people, and it has to do with clothing.
Part of the Transgenderism Series. Focus on the Family is dedicated to defending the inherent honor, dignity, value and equality of the two sexes as created in God's image — intentionally male and female — each bringing unique and complementary qualities to sexuality and relationships. Each of the two sexes is a glorious gift from God.