Homosexuality is one of the most hot-button topics in our culture today. As Christians, how do we balance standing up for true biblical sexuality while being supportive of those who are wrestling with their sexuality?
Joe Dallas, author of The Gay Gospel?, answers the question, is there any room for homosexuality in the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
It is important for make a distinction between those who are struggling with homosexuality and those who are affirming it.
“There is a huge difference between someone who says, “Hey, I really feel like a woman trapped in a man’s body and I know that’s not normal, I know something’s wrong and I want help,” and someone who says, “Hey, this is the way I am.”
We should be supportive of those who are legitimately seeking to turn from sinful patterns of thinking and behavior. However, a majority of homosexuals and transgender individuals do not fall into this camp.
“They say, ‘This is who I am, I’m trapped inside a woman’s body, or a man’s body and therefore I am going to try to reconfigure my body to match my inner feelings.’”
When confronted with someone who is expressing transgender feelings, as Christians, we can’t take their struggle lightly.
“I think we have to recognize that people don’t do this casually, for someone to reach a point where they would take such drastic steps to try to change their biological set, they must have something very deeply ingrained and very compelling. It’s not just a mild habit somebody picked up, it’s a very ingrained belief that they are in the wrong body.”
How should Christians respond when Christians encounter transgender individuals?
“I think we can be compassionate, but I think we need to gently point out, what God created you to be cannot be altered. You are trying to act out a physical masquerade portraying something that is not real.”