Love Your Neighbor: Use Their Preferred Pronoun

Red Letter Christians | 9/18/2019 | Ericka Andersen
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Via RNS — Last month, hundreds of thousands of freshly minted high school graduates stepped onto university campuses for their first day of classes as freshman college students. It is here, in the hallways of academia, where discussion of trendy new personal pronouns is most likely to arise. In fact, some schools now require everyone to list their pronoun when they register for classes and display it on name badges during orientation.

No matter how you square it, the infusion of new pronouns into today’s culture is happening, and Christians would be wise to embrace this opportunity to love our transgender friends well.

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Outside of university settings, many feel that being compelled to use a non-traditional pronoun is part of “PC culture” — or that doing so goes against personal religious beliefs on sex and gender. Conservative Christians may reflexively balk at the idea of a progressive society that polices language, and concerns with religious liberty may be well-founded, given developments in universities where Christian student groups are unrecognized due to their LGBTQ policies.

But it’s no infringement on freedom of speech or religion if Christians choose to respect someone’s gender identity by using their preferred pronoun.

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While intricate charts indicating new pronoun options and how to use them often elicit eye-rolling from those not invested in the LGBTQ rights movement, Christians should question their annoyance with it.

As Andrew Walker, author of “God and the Transgender Debate,” reminds us: “How a person wants to be referred to communicates how that person understands himself or herself at their deepest, most intimate level.”

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This should set off alarm bells for those not yet taking the conversation about preferred pronouns seriously. People are courageously asking us to love them when they introduce their pronoun. Refusal or irritation to recognize this could have devastating spiritual consequences.

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