Pastor's Corner

28 Nov
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Mid Week Challenge

I learned a new term today, “deadnaming.”  A dead name is the name given to a transgender person at birth, which they often change when they transition. At the same time I also learned that there is an online dictionary (Refinery29.com) to define new terms coined by the LGBTQ community.  I came across the term as I was reading about a list of banded terms or actions that Twitter no longer allows when referring to transgendered individuals.  For example, if a person is born a man and wants to be known as a woman people who tweet about him can no longer use he/him/his to refer to him.  If he changes his name to a female name you can no longer use the name he was born with because, to him, that name is now dead.  Twitter says they are doing this because so many people use their platform to bully transitioning and transgendered people and they had to take a stand against hate.  If you deadname on twitter then you become dead on twitter. https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/twitter-bans-labeling-transgender-persons-by-wrong-pronoun-name.html?utm_source=ChristianHeadlines%20Daily

I’m all for anything that is antibullying, but I think this move is a tad overreactive and hypocritical as there are tons of other folks who use the platform as a bully tool.  I like how Ben Shapiro responded: “Now banned on Twitter: a woman is a biological woman, Not banned on Twitter: the Jews are termites.” https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/1066709941145071616

As you might imagine, the reviews have been very mixed.  One person responded by saying, “you might change your name but you can’t change your DNA.”  Reading comments like these brought to mind another truth, as Christians, we are forgiven but we are still products of the Fall. Yes, Paul tells us that when we are in Christ we are a new creation, but he also reminds us that every day is a struggle against our original sin nature.  We can put on new clothes, hang with a new set of friends but it does not change the internal struggles of what wars against us. The great thing about the Bible is that it does not ignore this truth.  Paul talks about the old and new person when someone becomes a Christian.  The old person is concerned with things of the flesh (old self) the new with things of the Spirit (new self).  In Romans 6:6we are told: For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—. However, Paul uses the next chapter (Romans 7) to confess how he knows what he should be doing but does not, and struggles to not do what he knows he should not be doing. In the end he concludes that it is only through the grace of Jesus that anyone can be saved.  

My point, Twitter can ban people who “deadname” and “misgender” on their platform but they cannot change that person’s opinion any more than a transgendered individual can change who they are on a biological level.  What we really need is to find some kind of common ground, something we all can agree on.  I think Paul nailed it, no matter how we come to the cross, we are all sinners saved by grace.  Every day we must fight against what wars inside.  Those who recognize this struggle and choose to fight against the root cause of all suffering, instead of all that goes on around them, will find peace a whole lot sooner.           

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!  Romans 7:24-25

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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