By now if you haven’t heard Bruce Jenner is officially Caitlyn Jenner, no longer a man, now a woman. I purposely haven’t said anything online since Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover was released, because I needed to process my thoughts.
I’ve seen some things online that has broken my heart. Literally. I’ve observed supporters of Jenner trolling Facebook and Twitter, literally waiting for someone to say something they consider to be offensive about Caitlyn Jenner’s new identity. People are exploding if someone refers to Caitlyn as a “him”. It may be a mistake or it may be intentional, but addressing her as Caitlyn may take awhile. You know how you still were saying it was the year 2014 in the beginning of 2015? The same way I sometimes mistakenly use my maiden last name, instead of my new married name. It’s out of habit. Addressing a woman that used to be a man is a lot to take in. Give people time. And even then, if they never adopt the same perspective as you, respect that. Please.
But that isn’t the only thing burning my biscuits this week…
Question: has the Christian community failed to respond with grace to situations that go against our beliefs? Yes. A big, fat, huge YES.
After watching Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, I shared one of Heather Lindsey’s Facebook status, which basically said something along the lines of God not being confused about our gender. I shared it, because I agree. God isn’t confused about the gender he created us to be. To my surprise, I was being challenged by another Christian, about my compassion toward’s the transgender community. At first her comments & questions irritated me. However, as time went by, I realized she gave me a LOT to think about.
I realized I hadn’t been taking heed to the scripture of being quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). And then I found this article entitled Christians, Be Careful What You Say On Facebook that basically handed me my life on a platter. Geez. If you have a quick 5 minutes to spare, please read that post.
I’m continually learning and growing in grace, but I’m noticing a trend that’s slowly becoming a concern of mine. Apparently Christians aren’t allowed to say ANYTHING these days. Not. One. Single. Word.
Everything is perceived to be hate speech. Seriously, EVERYTHING. Christians aren’t allowed to express our beliefs, without major opposition. We couldn’t say “Black Lives Matter”. We couldn’t say Beyonce’s Met Gala dress was far from modest. And we especially can’t say anything about the LGBT community. Our beliefs aren’t respected. To the world our values are “old fashioned” and our thinking is “close minded”. Our contribution to any worthy conversation is officially considered bosh, unless among other believers, and even then division occurs. Am I the only Christian who feels like this?
Thank you, Rick Warren. THANK. YOU.
I’m terrified to live in a world where my freedom of speech is not really free. My husband and I noticed how a lot of Christians have shrunk when it comes to addressing controversial topics. I don’t believe we’ve lost our passion. I believe we’re intimidated. We’re scared of being deleted or singled out for upholding a standard of holiness. Meanwhile, everyone else is able to post what they want, whether it offends Christians or not, and dare anyone to say anything about it.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
Should Christians monitor what we post and be spirit lead when addressing controversial topics? OF COURSE. And that should be respected.
Meanwhile, if you want to know my thoughts about Caitlyn Jenner, check out an article written by my sister-in-law Jackie Hill Perry by clicking here. I absolutely LOVE her response.
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