I know there is a lot of confusion in the world today as it pertains to gender identity and role. You may have heard that the school board in Louisville, Ky has determined that a little boy is allowed to go into the little girl’s room because he thinks he is a girl. The confusion of this child and many others is being multiplied in the absence of truth….
Please be in prayer for our country and for me and the staff and elders as we seek to discover the best way to bring clarity to our family of faith in terms of gender identity. The Word of God is clear on what a boy is and what a girl is and how it is they are to function in a family and a congregation. My fear is that a lack of clarity in this issue will harm marriages, families, and the church.
There is no doubt that both men and women are equal at the foot of the cross. There is also no doubt that God made men and women different for a purpose that honors and glorifies Him and give each person peace in their gender identity.
As a church, we know we are to be counter-cultural. This means that we are to make our decisions and view our lives from the authority of the Bible and not by what people in a fallen culture think. To do this, we must know the Word of God and with compassion, kindness, and clarity teach it, live it, and serve others with it.
Here are a few links that I would encourage you to visit:
1. For Parents: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2864
2. For Leaders: http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/2250/on-transgender-identity
3. For General Understanding: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/the-gospel-and-the-gender-wars/
I also know that every year a number of our people desire to make their public profession of faith through baptism. We have done this for several years now. We again want to make this available. If you would like to be baptized at the creek, please contact my assistant Debbie Robb at firstname.lastname@example.org.