In an article titled What Transgender People Teach Us About God and Our Humanity, Sharon Groves, Director of the disingenuously named Human Rights Campaign responds to Russell Moore’s recent comments on the “transgender question.”
However, rather than, as the title suggests, learning from transgender supporters, the main strength of the article is what it teaches us about transgender supporters. It further exposes the hypocrisy of the left in general and the LGBT (did I miss one?) lobby in particular. One of the key points of the author is that biology is not our destiny:
What if rather than saying that biology is destiny we actually explored the ways in which we all experience our own gender identities and expressions?
But apparently feelings and experiences are. Remember, these are the same people who say those with homosexual attractions cannot change. The same people who want to constrain those with unwanted same sex attractions by prohibiting them from pursuing change. The actual, physical reality of who you are should not be your destiny but your feelings and experiences should be.
This was one of the main complaints Groves had of Moore’s piece:
I was struck that in Moore’s piece he didn’t reference the experience of one transgender person.
That’s like responding to an article condemning adultery by saying “wait a minute, there are some people who are perfectly happy cheating on their spouses, why didn’t you talk about their experiences?” Dr. Moore, and all orthodox Christians, see God as the source of truth, not our experiences. Unlike Sharon Groves who seeks to know “who God is for each of us,” they seek to know who God is, period. My experiences don’t change who He is nor do they change His truth. As R.C. Sproul says “One of the most dangerous things you can do as a Christian is to determine your theology by your experience.”
In the end we heed the call to love our neighbors not by affirming them in their sin but by telling them the truth – even when that truth is contrary to their feelings. For those who believe Jesus Christ when He says unless we repent, we will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3), the stakes are too high to do otherwise.
Other voices on this topic:
Your Feelings Don’t Define You. By Mark Altrogge
The Humpfest Masquerade by Doug Wilson
An Open Letter to the Governor of California by Rob Slane