What should church do with Caitlyn Jenner if Bruce Jenner has received Jesus?
Rom 14:1 Paul wrote “Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.”
When Bruce Jenner turned Caitlyn Jenner, the world shook in disgust. But Paul said in Roms 14:3 “And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval.”
We may not be used to such audacity, but people throughout history has been breaking norms. Men used to wear their hair long, then we cut them short, then it became cool to be long again. In fact now it is cooler to shave the sides to emulate the dictator of North Korea. Women were not allowed to wear pants (some parts of the world still do this), then they are allowed to wear pants, tight jeans and then shorts.
Rom 14:10 “So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer?”
Rom 14:12-13 “Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.”
So, is Bruce Jenner right or wrong? Who are we to say? Our job is to love each other, including people like ex-Bruce. If we decide to ostracise people who are different (e.g. strip his Olympic medals), where do these people go? Is our action causing people like him to stumble? How are they to change or turn to? if the Godly people are cruel? They have no other way except turning to the “ungodly”, the rejected, and the outcasts. Our rejection of them becomes the foundation of their strengths and becomes their reason to fight a good fight of their “faith”.
Romans 14-19 tells us not to let such matters ruin someone for whom Christ died for. We are to act in love aiming for goodness, joy and peace in the church. So these people cannot criticize us for what we believe is good.
The Bible clearly rejects homosexuality because we are not designed to function this way. But the Bible has no writing about dressing like a woman. Why do we reject men who dress like woman but we think it is cool for a woman to dress like a man? (women call this power dressing)
Our commandments is to love God and love each other. God has circumcised His people’s hearts. So let God do His work through the Holy Spirit to convict the hearts of what is and is not right. Rom 20-23: Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. … If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.