I’ve been very quiet on this life decision that has taken over the headlines and social media trends. Much of that has to do with Psalm 46:10,
Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Proverbs 10:19 (ESV)
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
I haven’t watched the interview. I did read the teaser article that is on Vanity Fair’s website. I have also seen my twitter and Facebook accounts flooded with all kinds of comments and commentaries on the issue.
Today, I have decided to break my silence.
I certainly have a conviction and interpretation of the specifics concerning Bruce Jenner and the decisions that have been made to emerge as Kaitlyn Jenner. However, my comments are NOT for Kaitlyn Jenner.
My comments are for those who make the claim to be Christian followers of Jesus. If you are in that “camp,” I’m not questioning your claim about whether you follow or not. I accept your claim and point you to the One that we are to be following.
Jesus knew right and wrong. He is the one that revealed truth. He is the one that made judgments. He is also the one that models how love, truth and judgement are to be expressed.
Matthew 9:36 (ESV)
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Here is my statement:
We must hold to the truth that Scripture has revealed and holding to that truth requires us to become more compassionate.
Bruce Jenner may have taken a path that led him to make decisions that are abnormal, unusual and sinful. But have you taken a step back and allowed yourself to take in the fear and confusion that he has expressed existed in his life?
I would never argue that we must accept the world the way Bruce Jenner sees it, but I will argue to my death that we must be as committed to expressing compassion as we are presenting truth; because that’s the way Jesus teaches us to follow Him.
The Scriptures instruct us how to be committed to truth, not just our favorite part of truth.
For followers, the Scriptures teach us how to express truth.
Colossians 4:5–6 (ESV)
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
1 Peter 2:11–12 (ESV)
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.