On Tuesday, I read the story about JD Greear the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Greear is pretty well known here in our state of North Carolina. Back in the summer, Greear made comments in Alabama at the SBC annual conference that said Baptists must do whatever it takes. Apparently, that includes compromising on truth.
In a recent episode of his podcast “Ask Me Anything”, Greear was asked which pronoun should be used when talking with Transgender people. I was really surprised by Greear’s response. Especially given that his statements at the national convention said that SBC members should not compromise or back away from truth. Yet, this is exactly what Greear suggests.
He states that he would use the preferred pronoun of the individual as a courtesy. This completely ignores the fact that the individual is attempting to be something they are not. Greear can choose to use the pronouns, but the truth is that this person is attempting to live a lie.
Scripture teaches that God created male and female in Genesis 1:27. There was not an option book when someone was born to select what gender the person should be. You couldn’t choose to wait until later to decide and be non-binary. You are born male or female.
I guess I can understand the point that Greear is trying to make. Christians have a tendency to shun people that claim to be part of the LGBTQ community. I’ve shared previously that I have people that live this lifestyle that I count as friends. I am also a Christian. I would never shun these people.
In this public setting, Greear had an opportunity to take a stand for something. He could take a stand against Christians shunning LGBTQ members, while still standing for the truth. Yet, he chose to compromise by stating he would use the pronouns they choose. It was a loaded question, let me explain.
When you are having a conversation with someone, you are typically not using third person pronouns. When you consider the pronouns he, she, hers, and his, they are all referring to someone in the third person. Typically, you are speaking to someone in the second person. This would require the use of you, your or yours.
Getting Greear to admit that he was willing to use the pronouns of choice was getting him to openly admit that he would compromise in order to avoid conflict. When openly talking about these people, Greear’s appropriate response should be that he would refer to them as the gender in which God created them.
In a private conversation, Greear could refer to them using non-specific pronouns. This would be courteous as well as respectful in the situation. Yet, Greear chose to go the route of compromise. While I certainly do not consider myself a SBC Christian, it is a missed opportunity for a prominent Christian to take a stand for the truth.
I agree that transgender individuals are not horrible people. They are simply confused people. They are living a lie in their mind. I do not hate them or discriminate against them. I simply want them to understand that there is truth, you were born exactly how God intended you to be. They need to understand that God loves them and that a relationship with Him is what matters.
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