Russell Moore on what Christians must know about transgenderism, what 'fuels' movement | 2/18/2019 | Staff
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At some point, every church and ministry will deal with a transgender individual or issues surrounding transgenderism. Thus, Christians need to understand the “larger question” behind the transgender debate, said leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore.

Moore recently shared what every Christian should know about transgenderism — and why he believes culturally stereotypical views of masculinity and femininity fuel the transgender movement.

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“I wish that everyone understood what really is going on here, which is a larger question of whether or not God has put creational limits on us, and whether God is Lord over our biological creativeness, and whether or not God has created us as a unity of self and body,” he said. “I think that's an important question that goes far deeper than just the transgender question.”

But Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, also highlighted the importance of understanding and empathizing with transgender individuals “and to see them as all of us are fallen and broken” rather than “freaks.”

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“Sometimes we'll see people kind of dismissing those who have gender dysphoria as just to be ridiculed,” he lamented. “No, we're on a mission with Christ. That means that the message of Christ is going to every person, which means we have to have churches that teach from the very beginning, the earliest points of childhood, what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman in biblical terms, not in cultural stereotype.”

Many culturally stereotypical views of masculinity and femininity actually fuel the transgender movement, Moore warned. He explained that in previous years, a little girl who preferred four-wheeling over princesses and dolls would be considered “rough and tumble.”

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But in today’s cultural environment, that same little girl may ask, “Does that mean I'm not a woman at all? Does that...
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