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Crisis #3: Trans-spiritual Christians
Transgenderism has become the latest hot issue for the media to champion. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), “transgender” is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate.
Just as we are witnessing a gender identity and sexual orientation revolution, there’s also a revolution in spiritual identity and orientation among people of faith, resulting in what I’ll call “trans-spiritual Christians.”
Trans-spiritual Christians are those whose spiritual identity or faith expression doesn’t match the person God created them to be. They don’t understand their identity as a child of God and as an ambassador of the King. As a result, far too many believers today are confused about who they are, what they believe, and why they are here. They’ve lost their grip on biblical truth.
How a Christian thinks about the Bible, and therefore about himself, determines his identity, beliefs, and his “expression” or behavior. Therefore, instead of being ambassadors in a foreign land and setting their minds on things above (Colossians 3:2), many have sunk roots deep into the values of the world, taken up residence here, and applied for earthly citizenship.
When confronted with issues that demand a sturdy faith based upon biblical beliefs and convictions, many Christians switch identities and blend in like a chameleon. Instead of embracing their spiritual calling to resemble Jesus Christ, too many become trans-spiritual and mimic the thinking of others.
When Jesus came, it was said of Him, “And we beheld his glory, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus was both kind and right, fully aligned with the Father. He arrived on mission and died on mission to redeem us and give us a new citizenship. The Apostle Paul makes our identity and mission clear, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
But instead of being ambassadors on a mission, Christians forget to Whom we belong and Whom we represent, and we allow our emotions to guide us rather than the truth of Scripture. Instead of struggling with the assignment of speaking the truth in love, we take the easy road of just love. Instead of courageously sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to the needs of other broken people’s souls—the need for the love and forgiveness of God—trans-spiritual Christians tell people what they want to hear and tolerate any lifestyle choice as simply a personal preference. This is not the model Jesus left us.
I am most troubled by this identity confusion because of the urgent spiritual needs of our nation. We don’t need conviction-less Christians who profess their faith in Jesus but live no differently than those who do not know Him.
Helping people build marriages and families God’s way
The moral climate is eroding, but FamilyLife is standing firm.
We’re about to enter our fortieth year of providing practical and biblical help for marriages and families, helping millions of couples “do it God’s way.” It’s clear that people today need help and hope for their families more than ever. I believe God has strategically raised up this ministry to be a light on the hill, to give men and women help and hope in troubled times—to point them to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here’s what you can count on from FamilyLife and its outreaches in the years ahead:
- We will continue to stand unapologetically for the truth of Scripture and teach the biblical blueprints for marriage and family … regardless of the cost.
- Even though we are imperfect, broken people, we will do our best with the strength that God supplies to “speak the truth in love.” We are going to do our best to be winsome and compassionate to all.
- We will seize this opportunity to proclaim the need for forgiveness for all people. Jesus Christ is the sinless Savior who died on a cross to forgive the sins of all who will turn to Him in repentance and faith. This is the redemption message that the whole world needs to hear.
- We will pray and take advantage of this opportunity to use every FamilyLife Today radio broadcast, every Weekend to Remember, thousands of video events, and our growing digital outreach, to find, equip, and unleash a movement of tens of thousands of men and women like you, who will act as ambassadors for Christ in a lost and hurting world.
Today I’m reminded of Matthew 9:35-38, which tells us:
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
The harvest is as plentiful today as it was when Jesus spoke those words. People are still “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” They need the help and hope that can only come from Jesus Christ