Some LGBT activists are lambasting Christian leaders for celebrating the president’s ban on transgenders in the military. In their view, these leaders are celebrating an act of cruelty and discrimination, thereby contradicting the message of Jesus. Is there any truth to this charge?
In the words of Bill Browning, writing for LGBTQ Nation, “While their supposed savior was best known for his radical inclusivity and teachings to love one another, these charlatans are celebrating discrimination in the name of their God.” (Browning was referring to Tony Perkins, Micah Clarke, and Bryan Fischer, well-known evangelical leaders.)
Other activists expressed their displeasure, although without the specific attack on Christian leaders.
Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner tweeted, “There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?” (For the record, it appears that a more accurate number is between 1,320 and 6,630 transgenders actively serving out of a total of roughly 1,300,000 million in active service.)
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, was stronger still. He wrote, “This heinous and disgusting action endangers the lives of American service members, undermines military readiness and makes our country less safe. It is also the latest effort by Trump and Mike Pence to undo our progress and drag LGBTQ people back into the closet by using our lives as political pawns.”
According to Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear.”
And Michelangelo Signorile called the ban a “brutal, authoritarian act against an embattled minority.”
How, then, could Christian leaders support, let alone applaud, a decision like this? The answer is simple: It’s a practical decision, it’s a wise decision, and it’s a godly decision.
I do understand that trans-identified individuals will take the ban as a slap in the face, for which I’m genuinely sorry. They will also feel personally rejected by people like me who applaud the president’s actions, and I certainly regret that as well.
As for trans-identified Americans who have served in our military, I commend them for their service and I’m sure that many of them are courageous.
But the military is not concerned with whether its decisions hurt people’s feelings or offend them. The only question is: What will make us into the best military possible? It’s not hard to figure out why including transgender individuals, as a rule, does not fit well into that equation.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Michael Brown
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.