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Don't be a stumbling block to your brother.

Romans 14:15 (KJV)

But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

Darn right. Every action, every attitude, every activity in our lives should be examined according to this principle - not just cold theology. Forget the theology for a moment, wrote Paul. Look at the effects of argument. God isn't about an abstract argument over who's right or wrong. The people of God need to care more about each other than about their theological theories; love and gentleness must be at the heart of all our interactions.

What does this mean to transgendered Christians? If a particular expression of transgenderism is likely to destroy someone's faith, then if you can avoid it, do so. Even when there's nothing wrong with what you do. I think that sometimes we assume that "they won't like it" or "it will surprise them" means "it will endanger their faith", which is not always true. The church is not trapped in one set of assumptions forever. There are times when the church can learn and grow and be strengthened, not weakened, by new things. But always keep in mind that our goal should not be to prove ourselves right, but to care for the souls around us. Each of us has to judge the situations we are in carefully, with wisdom and prayer. That applies to not just to crossdressing, but to every activity on earth.

Before closing, I would like to reccommend all of Romans 14 to everyone. Most of us have indulged in crusading against Christians we have a theological quibble with. I know I have. It's fun to sock it to 'em, let them know how wrong they are. Sure, it may upset people, but we're talking about zeal for God's truth here, so how can it be wrong?

Paul thought otherwise. Read Romans 14.

The love, the peace, the joy, the life of Christ be with you!



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