“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” – Ephesians 4:15
An alarming study has recently been completed by Newsweek on the issue of “misgendering,” which happens when an individual addresses a transgender person by the wrong pronouns. The survey asked millennials, those aged between 25-34, if referring to a transgender person with the wrong pronouns should be a criminal offense.
The survey sadly found that the majority of millennials, forty-four percent, believe that misgendering a person should be criminally punished. Thirty-one percent of millennials believe that “misgendering” should not be criminally punished, while the remainder “neither agree nor disagree” or simply “don’t know.”
While evaluating this startling survey, from a Christian perspective, we must remember that we are Biblically commanded to, in love, always speak the truth. The reality is, “misgendering” someone is not something a Christian does out of anger or hate with the intent to hurt, rather it is done out of obedience to God’s command, love for neighbor, and out of respect for God’s created order.
Furthermore, by going along and using the preferred pronouns of a transgender person, one is going along with the lie that individuals can choose their own gender and redo what God has designed. To truly love our neighbor means not going along with the lies of transgenderism that will lead to a life of negative consequences, but it means speaking the truth courageously so that our neighbor may understand God’s design of human sexuality and live in that truth and experience a fruitful life.
LET US PRAY…
Father, help us to always speak the truth in love no matter how difficult it may be. Lord, help us to effectively and boldly advocate for Your design of human sexuality in our culture that is so confused. Father, may we always be found faithful standing strong for Your truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.