The whole deal with Bruce Jenner, now calling himself Caitlyn Marie Jenner, is crazy. So bizarre.
It reminds me of a scene with Inspector Clouseau in a Pink Panther movie. Clouseau encounters a certifiably crazy person in a mental hospital and tells an orderly (with his French accent), “Thaht man eezz crazeee!”
The attendant chastises Clouseau, “We don’t say that in here!”
Clouseau asks, “Oh yes? Then what do you say?”
Orderly, “Now now now!”
Clouseau, “Let me tell you…that man is very now now now!”
Our culture has become certifiable, calling good evil and evil good. Bruce Jenner, man parts and all, now calls himself Caitlyn, defying how the Lord God created him. Sounds like Romans 1 to me.
But then, this crazy, twisted culture in America decides to celebrate Jenner’s new facade. Dr. Michael Brown recently created this video which aptly showcases the whole, head-shakeable saga.
As described on the video page:
Dr. Brown explains why he won’t drink the Kool-Aid – not when it comes to Bruce Jenner being named woman of the year by Glamour magazine and not when it comes to calling a transgender individual “they.”
Dr. Brown has written on the subject previously:
As followers of Jesus, we must be gracious and loving towards those who identify as transgender. And as I’ve said many times before, we need to have great compassion on the children who struggle with gender identity issues, continuing to do our best to get to the root causes of these issues with the goal of providing a way for them and their families to find wholeness without the need for lifelong hormones and sex-change surgery.
But the fact is that Bruce Jenner is not a woman, and it is not hateful to say so.
If he were a woman, he would not have been able to father all of his children, nor would he need female hormones to feminize his body.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel like he’s a woman. It simply means he’s not a woman.
Yet today, even to utter those words is to put oneself in the crosshairs of ugly and vile attacks.
Of course, trans people and their allies will remind us of the terrible struggles they endure, of their very high suicide rates, of their being rejected to the point of homelessness as a result of societal stigmas, at times violently assaulted.
And so, the moment you take issue with transgender activism, you are accused of pouring salt in the wounds, of causing more suicides, of deeply hurting precious, sensitive people.
I truly understand this, and I don’t minimize the pain that many of these individuals have lived with.
So true, Dr. Brown. We are called to be salt and light. We follow Him who is the Way the Truth and the Life.
We can do no less than tell the life-giving truth to any and all that God brings into our lives. And the truth is, at times, like salt in a wound: it can sting. Hearing we are sinners is not always an easy thing.
But if we hold the mirror of truth that is God’s Word up to people, they may see their dire need for the Savior.
Even Bruce Jenner, trying to fill the void with lipstick and the world’s acclaim, after all needs grace more than he knows.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!
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