Ever since the Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner was released, my newsfeed has been awash with talk of little else. People are posting their opinions, and sharing their praise, their confusion, or their disgust. Articles are getting shared from the perspective of support and celebration, to the debate over the words “brave” and “hero”, to outright disparagement.
Not surprisingly, the Christian community is not being particularly silent on the issue.
Some of what I’ve seen has been horrific, while others have been a bit “softer”… thinly veiled transphobia behind a veneer of, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” I think the articles that bother me the most are the ones that purport to offer prayers and compassion to Jenner, while at the same time patting themselves on the back for making different (ie: more correct) decisions in their own lives. At least people like Matt Walsh are transparent about their bigotry.
Thankfully, there are other voices out there as well… Voices of loving, compassionate reason. These voices have been the balm to my weary and disenchanted soul. These voices have lifted me up over the past week, restored my faith in my fellow believer, and reminded me that I’m not alone in my plight or in my frustration. There are lots of Christians out there who are standing up for Jenner, and standing against unkindness.
I started this post as a way to gather some of these positive articles into one place (and will add to it as I find more)… as much for myself as for others.
Read these, and be encouraged.
Dear Bruce Jenner: Jesus Loves You and Cares for You, by Jarrid Wilson
Four Reasons Jesus Would Invite Caitlyn Jenner Over for Dinner, by Jarrid Wilson
Christians, Be Careful What You Say on Facebook, by Zack Locklear
Done., by Motherhood Unscripted
Neither Male Nor Female: A Christian Response to Caitlyn Jenner, by The Imperfect Pastor
Thank you. Thank you for walking the walk, thank you for putting love and humanity back into Christianity, and thank you for being brave enough to stand up for what is right.