Russell D. Moore was allowed to post quite a little anti-trans op-ed at The Washington Post. Moore has no expertise in transsexuality. He is a theologian, and as such, should not be commenting upon this subject, especially since his argument amounts to ‘trans people are thumbing their noses at God.’
Transsexuality appears to be a form of birth defect or birth difference which causes the brain to form in a manner inconsistent with the physical and genetic sex of the individual. That is the latest scientific findings about transsexuality. Moore, however, believes that trans people are just pretending to change their gender.
He writes in the op-ed “The transgender question means that conservative Christian congregations such as mine must teach what’s been handed down to us, that our maleness and femaleness points us to an even deeper reality, to the unity and complementarity of Christ and the church. A rejection of the goodness of those creational realities then is a revolt against God’s lordship, and against the picture of the gospel that God had embedded in the creation.”
Ah yes, “a box for everyone and everyone in their box,” and if they do not fit into that box, we shall chop off their mental extremities in order to make them fit into that box.
He goes on to say “But this also means that we will love and be patient with those who feel alienated from their created identities. We must recognize that some in our churches will face a long road of learning what it means to live as God created them to be, as male or female. That sort of long, slow, plodding and sometimes painful obedience is part of what Jesus said would be true of every believer: the bearing of a cross. That cross-bearing reminds us that God doesn’t receive us because of our own effort but because God reconciled us to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”
And concludes that “Our transgendered neighbors will disagree with us, of course, that discipleship means an acceptance of who we are as men and women, and that our selves are not separate from our bodies. We should expect such disagreements. But we believe we can no more surgically alter our gospel than we can surgically alter our gender.”
Moore’s rhetoric is the very essence of the ex-trans therapy. Religious belief must be used as an axe to force people into their little boxes even if it destroys them mentally in the process. Part of the problem is that the Bible does not include that rigidity of gender in it. It has been interpreted to mean that it exists, but this does not mean that it is actually in there.
Several religious leaders have pointed out the fact that gender and sex are prone to defects and abnormalities, and these are part of God’s design. Some of these theologians are deeply Conservative in their religious beliefs as well.
The Washington Post has become just the latest in a long line of media outlets to push transphobic ideas on their readers and viewers by people who have no understanding of the issue and who are simply promoting their religious beliefs without care of the harm that is being done by those people.