Join Christian leaders in affirming that we are created male and female
There is immense pressure on Christians to conform to the liberal sexual ethic of our society and celebrate gay marriage and transgenderism. During the summer, gay pride parades and celebrations shut down traffic in nearly all major cities and LGBTQ rhetoric and imagery dominated the advertising campaigns of major corporations. With so much pressure, it can begin to feel extremely oppressive. How is a Christian supposed to remain faithful to God’s word under so much pressure?
God ordered our church to have structure and for us to have leaders to guide us in the faith and protect us from false teachings. These overseers have a duty to call out lies in our culture and take a strong stand for biblical teaching.
Fortunately, in mid-December a group of Christian leaders from various Christian denominations, from Catholic to Lutheran to Baptist, published an open letter affirming the dignity of all people and proclaiming all people were either created male or female. Please join in affirming this statement!
The letter reads, “As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society.
We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one's sex as male or female.
We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good. "God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Gen 1:27).
A person's discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth. Each person deserves to be heard and treated with respect; it is our responsibility to respond to their concerns with compassion, mercy and honesty. As religious leaders, we express our commitment to urge the members of our communities to also respond to those wrestling with this challenge with patience and love.
Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can "change" their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of "first, do no harm." Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it.
The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation.
We desire the health and happiness of all men, women, and children. Therefore, we call for policies that uphold the truth of a person's sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. We hope for renewed appreciation of the beauty of sexual difference in our culture and for authentic support of those who experience conflict with their God-given sexual identity.”
This letter is signed by members of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church in North America, North American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Presbyterian Church in America, and the Southern Baptist Convention to name a few.
This statement is clear, loving, compassionate and biblical. We must affirm this letter and share it widely. Please join in affirming that God made us male and female.
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Affirmation of Biblical Sexuality and Gender