“An excellent intro to a complex and divisive discussion”
If we were to turn down the noise of the ongoing cultural debate around transgenderism, we would undoubtedly notice that many people are hurting and in deep distress with regard to their bodies. However, several factors have made it difficult for Christians to appropriately respond to this hurt:
- A limited knowledge of the struggles of gender dysphoria.
- Confusion over rapidly changing terms, phrases and concepts that were once familiar.
- The need for a clear presentation of the biblical vision of gender, identity and creation.
Andrew T Walker's "God and the Transgender Debate" powerfully addresses these knowledge gaps. It is not simply another cold analysis or derogatory hit piece, but a heartfelt and considerate attempt to diagnose the fundamental issues and offer scriptural, practical and loving solutions.
After briefly outlying how we got here as a culture, Walker points us to God's creational blueprint clearly revealed in scripture and in nature. It is an important reminder of the beautiful vision that we should endeavor to preserve and beckon others not to deviate from.
Gender dysphoria is a very specific struggle, Walker reminds us that it is a product of a much more general problem of living in a fallen and groaning world. As such, the call to deny ourselves, take up a cross and follow Jesus may have different and difficult implications but it is equally refreshing and restorative. As Christians, we are encouraged to emulate Jesus in our interactions with colleagues, friends or close family members, and to show them to the same cross that liberated us from our sin.
The solutions and answers presented in this book will be challenging for some, but I believe this is an excellent doorway into this discussion for Christians not only looking to stand for truth but to offer marvelous grace to those that are suffering.