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A Biblical Response to Bruce Jenner

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This latest cover of Vanity Fair shows Bruce Jenner as a woman now wanting to be called Caitlyn. This is, in part, the result of our society elevating sexual autonomy above divine authority – the authority of the one who created man in his image, both male and female (Gen 1:27). This kind of gender confusion sinfully subverts that perfect design. And while the media coverage of it is frustrating, our reaction to it should be nothing less than somber.

Over at TGC, Alex Duke lays out some reminders from 1 Peter 3:15-16 on how Christians ought to respond to Jenner. Here's a short sample:

 

Peter tells these Christians, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet. 3:15).

 

This hope is everlasting, ever-increasing joy on a new earth with God our Father. This hope began with the forgiveness of sins, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the community of forgiven rebels in the church. This hope began with faith by hearing, and its final act will begin with joy by seeing. It began by being born again while still in our old bodies, and it will end with new and perfect and glorified bodies—our uniforms for eternity.

 

And in all this, our reason for hope is the same reason we can tell hard and unpopular truths in love: Jesus is Lord.

 

We endure the inevitable derision because Jesus is Lord. We endure the frothing accusations of hypocrisy, of having no right to judge someone we don’t know, because Jesus is Lord.

 

We pray also that those who speak ill of or deny the design of God would be ashamed of their slander. We pray that those who, even now, busy themselves by slandering God’s people would become the fruition of 1 Peter 3:16. We pray for the freedom of repentance. We pray such profligate misuse of God’s creation would deceive fewer and fewer and fewer, that the celebration of self-mutilation would cease. Because Jesus is Lord, we pray the hissing snake of the sexual revolution, even as it’s greedily eating its own tail, will soon have its head crushed.

 

Yet, because Jesus is Lord, we also pray for Caitlyn Jenner.

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