CRI Resource: God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?

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It is very important to bear in mind that what Christians call “loving” will not often be considered loving by the world. So we should never assess whether we are truly loving by the world’s response to our message of love. Love and truth are
never determined by whether they are popular…

—from God and the Transgender Debate:
What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender
Identity?, by Andrew T. Walker


Why is God and the Transgender Debate timely? Because we basically face three options in terms of our response:

  • React in shock, dismay, and anger, and destroy lives and undermine our Christian witness
  • Throw up our hands in utter bewilderment and simply surrender to a pervasive and growing confusion that could further distance “reality” from anything we’ve known for millennia
  • Confront this revolution biblically with a firm but loving stance

While you’ll learn much from reading God and the Transgender Debate, here’s a snapshot from the cover:

Gender issues are in the news almost every day. And they are part of many people’s lives
every day, too. So at its heart, this debate isn’t about a debate — it’s about people. And so is
this book.

Andrew T. Walker explores what, if anything, it means to be male or female; and suggests
how each of us can think through the various views on gender. He looks at what Jesus
said — the Jesus who debated issues, but much more than that, who loved people. And he
reveals why what Jesus said is good news for everyone.

If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say
about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.

And if you’re rightly perplexed about how to respond when the issues come up, here are some questions that Walker answers:

  • Can someone be transgender and Christian?
  • Should parents keep kids in a state-run school if those schools promote transgenderism?
  • What should church elders/leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender (or neither gender)?
  • Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom? What if it’s my kids in the restroom?
  • If a church is told to provide restrooms for transgendered people in its buildings, should it do so in submission to the authorities, or should it refuse to do so?
  • Is taking hormones to manage gender dysphoria ever appropriate?
  • Shouldn’t we just focus on sins that are actually harming people (murder, adultery, etc.)? Transgenderism is harmless, isn’t it?
  • Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful because not affirming a person’s transgender identity leads to depression and higher rates of suicide?

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February 2020 Resource

God and the Transgender Debate