If you haven't noticed, there are some significant cultural shifts occurring in our country that are difficult to ignore. This election season has been incredibly detrimental to our country for many reasons, and the results of it could be even worse. To me, one of the most frightening effects of this election season has been the rise of Donald Trump and the respect he has somehow garnered for his knack for cutting others down and calling it "abandoning politically correct behavior." A large portion of our culture (including, sadly, Christians) has embraced the Trump-Way and have used it to propel their own hate-filled language professing that "it's about time we have someone who isn't afraid to tell it like it is."
|Man in fedora gets sucker-punched by an angry lady...this was probably taken at a Trump rally|
It is certainly okay and right and necessary to have an opinion--especially one that is well-researched and deliberate. What I'm incredibly disappointed in is how many folks are throwing around hateful language, memes, and irrational logic (is this really a public safety issue?!?) in the name of Jesus. It doesn't sit right with me.
As a Christ-follower, I don't agree with the concept of a person changing his/her gender identity because when God created people, he created genders (Gen. 1:27); I don't think it's our place to mess with what God intended for people. Additionally, as a Christ-follower, I don't agree that we should go around slaying people and being hateful. We can disagree with culture--we can even be opposed to it; in fact perhaps that's what is implied in the scriptures regarding all of the "in this world but not of this world" stuff (John 17).
But I can't believe that Jesus would be okay with people parading through Targets yelling about transgender folks being perverts. I can't believe that Jesus would be okay with people blasting transgender or homosexual folks on social media for their choices. Jesus would definitely oppose the transgender concept, but I think he would run towards transgender folks with truth and love--not towards them with hate and malice, and not away from them with disgust and revolt. It's what he did throughout his entire ministry--he ran towards those who lived in opposition to the truth, so that they may be brought to the truth (Matt. 28:!6-20).
As Christians, we've always known that the world would think, operate, believe, and function antithetic to Christ's mission (Luke 12: 49-53). I'm not calling for lukewarm beliefs here. We should be strong in our Biblically-based convictions, and we definitely have a responsibility to speak truth in love (Eph. 4:15, 29) but there is no scripture to support outward displays of hate towards those who oppose our beliefs. This kind of behavior destroys our mission as believers...it taints the name of Jesus. I'm not perfect at upholding the name of Jesus. I've got a laundry list of sins that taint the name of Jesus, which is why I'm so thankful for his grace (Romans 3). But fellow Christ-followers, can we please stop running away from people who think differently than us? Can we quit using hateful speech to condemn? Instead, can we speak truth in love? How many people would we be able to impact for Christ if made this change?