(GC) Kevin DeYoung: The Two Things We Must Say About the Transgender Debate

To those pushing an agenda that says your bathroom is my bathroom and your gender is whatever you want it to be, we want to say:

This is absurd. Patently absurd. There is no scientific reason, no justice reason, no internally consistent reason to think we can be boys or girls just by declaring it so. In our saner moments we know this to be true. No one would allow me to “become” Asian or African American even if I thought that’s who I was deep down. There are facts about my biology that cannot be denied. Why is gender open to self-definition while race and ethnicity are not?….

But that’s not all that must be said. There are people—men and women made in God’s image—who feel all sorts of confusion about who they are and what they want to be.

To those struggling with feelings they don’t understand and a sense of self that feels horribly unsettled, we want to say:

This happens. All the time. Not necessarily with gender, but human identity. We all struggle to figure out who we are, especially in our growing-up years. Sometimes that means we don’t know how to makes sense of our own bodies and our own sexuality. We don’t want anyone to feel unsafe in a bathroom. So let’s figure out how to have more unisex single stalls. Let’s provide well-trained, warmhearted counselors. Let’s make sure kids are not made fun of for being tomboys or for being sensitive or for being immigrants or for being Muslim or for being Christian or for being whatever.

Read it all.


Posted in Anthropology, Ethics / Moral Theology, Pastoral Theology, Theology, Theology: Scripture

2 comments on “(GC) Kevin DeYoung: The Two Things We Must Say About the Transgender Debate

  1. Katherine says:

    This is an excellent article. How nice it would be if charity and common sense were to prevail.

  2. Jim the Puritan says:

    I hate to think of all the attacks the author is getting right now for this article.