The headlines are all a'buzz with chatter over the recent decision of a celebrity to change genders. The secular media has been cheering this person, raising them to a place of prominence with words like courageous, heroic, and brave. I don't know about all of that.
So I've been thinking about all of this, trying to make sense of all that's happening. I have thoughts. Many thoughts. But what are the right thoughts? How should I weigh in? Should I weigh in? With something this controversial, you're bound to upset someone. So as I think about whether I should comment on the Jenner story, I want to share a post that my friend, Walt Mueller, posted. Walt is the founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.
I have come to know Walt and appreciate his wisdom and expertise in the areas of culture and faith. I wanted to share his thoughts on the Jenner story, because quite honestly, he's brilliant. As to whether I offer my two cents is yet to be seen. So please take a few minutes to read Walt's post, and let's consider a proper, biblical response as believers in the face of an ever-changing culture.
From Walt Mueller, www.CPYU.org. Walt's blog is called, Learning My Lines.
“Jesus. . . always keep opening my eyes and giving me wisdom.” That’s the prayer I was reminded to pray once again this morning as my heart felt like it was in the grip of conflict.
Last night, I returned from five days spent totally off the grid and out of touch with anything and anyone other than the guys who were with me. I was in the North Woods wilderness of Ontario. When our travels intersected us with a phone signal and we eventually hooked up to wireless, the craziness and pace of the world we had ignored for five days took center stage once again. We had actually wondered out loud what we were missing while we were away. Who died? Have there been any world catastrophes? Did the Phillies climb their way back into first-place? (Not a chance on that last one!)
The connection led to some kind of news about “Call me Caitlyn.” It took some time to process those words and the accompanying photo. Yes, more than we imagined had happened while we were gone.
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Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 30 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the director of family ministry at a church, located in West Virginia. Jay has been married to Amy for over 25 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.