Oh dear friends. I am going to be honest.
My heart is hurting. It’s broken for this world. It’s sin. It’s fallen-ness. It’s separation from God. From holiness.
But even more than that my heart is breaking for the people. People alone. People confused. Hurt people. Fearful people. Because this isn’t how we were created to live. It isn’t the image we were made to reflect.
And that brings me to the reason for my letter.
This is not about whatever you, or I for that matter, believe about gender identity. It simply isn’t.
Instead, it’s about addressing the fear. The people. The hurt. The anger. The words. And even the hate — whether intentional or not.
You see friends, I understand fear. I understand the deep seated desire to protect your children, your family, your loved ones. I understand our desires for safety and protection. Truly, I do.
But I think we allow those desires to infiltrate our faith. Our peace. We allow our desires, our sense that we are due safety to supercede the most important commandments God gave.
Jesus tells us that the most important, the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our might (Matthew 22:37-38). How can this be done? What can we do to love God well?
And that means remembering God’s sovereignty. It means remembering that all we have is His. It means remembering His faithfulness. It means remembering that He is our strong refuge. Our strength. Our courage.
Jesus, in the very same breath, goes on to tell us the second most important commandment: to love others as ourself (Matthew 22:39).
Pause for a minute. Allow that to sink into the very depth of your soul. What does that mean? Who do we need to love? Just those we understand? Those like us, those with similar beliefs?
Or. Or are we called to more? To the hard and uncomfortable. Are we called to grow and move outside of our comfort zones? To a place where we love all. Not of our own accord, but through the Holy Spirit. To a love that shows Christ.
Because friends, that’s our job. We must be the light of Christ to those around us. We are called to love those in the world as Christ did.
And that doesn’t look like fear. It doesn’t look like angry Facebook posts. It doesn’t look like boycotting.
Instead, it looks like compassion. It looks like engaging and learning.
It looks like Jesus. Stepping away from the stones to throw, and stepping forward. Moving closer. In love.
Because friends, people are important. They are immortal. Eternal. And that’s a reminder each and every one of us need. The very ones you are rallying against are people. People with an eternity. And if you love Jesus as much as you claim, then frankly, that should matter. A lot.
So instead of loving yourself more than those around you, remember this. This isn’t about you. It’s about others. It’s about eternity.
So what are you going to do about that? I, for one, suspect that boycotts and Facebook posts aren’t the answer. (I would love to hear from you, but if you forget your manners, please expect your comment to be removed.)