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Bruce Jenner has been trending all weekend. Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity — their internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman — differs from what’s typically associated with their sex at birth. Some transgender people alter their bodies through hormones and or surgery, although many don’t.
Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore offers a solution to alienation from identities that transgender people struggle with.
“They feel alienated from their identities as men or women and are seeking a solution to that in self-display or in surgery or in pumping their bodies with the other sex’s hormones. In a fallen universe, all of us are alienated, in some way, from who were designed to be. That alienation manifests itself in different ways in different people.”

Understanding their struggles, however, doesn’t mean we should “fall for the cultural narrative behind the transgender turn,” Moore warned. “This narrative is rooted in the ancient heresy of Gnosticism, with the idea that the ‘real’ self is separate from who one is as an embodied, material being. Body parts and chromosomal patterns are dispensable since the self is radically disconnected from the body, the psychic from the material.”

The problem is, he explained, that the old Gnostic heresy combined with contemporary expressive individualism gives rise to “the idea that I must be true to whomever I perceive my ‘real me’ to be on the inside in order to be ‘authentic.'”

Meanwhile the Olympian’s ex-wife Linda Thompson can finally tell her and her family’s story. She wrote an editorial op ed about the experience of being married to Bruce. After some time in therapy, the couple split up and Bruce began to pursue gender reassignment. He started hormones, received electrolysis on his face and chest hair and began to grow breasts. Linda, doing her best to support Bruce, did not ask for alimony or child support in the divorce and provided unlimited access to the boys, but some things were exhausting.

“One day, after having spent a little time at Bruce’s house, both boys came into the kitchen and said to me, ‘Mommy, we saw Daddy getting out of the shower naked, and Daddy has boobs!'”

Linda had to cover for Bruce, trying to explain away his growing bust by claiming they were the result of muscles turning into fat without exercise. She also revealed that Bruce wanted to go away to make the transition, come back as a woman and tell his sons he was “Aunt Heather.”

Later on, after Bruce married Kris Kardashian, Linda says he just vanished from his sons’ lives for several years.

“No birthday cards or phone calls, no ‘Merry Christmas,’ no ‘Everything OK?’ after the big Northridge earthquake. Brandon and Brody will never have those ‘Hallmark memories’ of father-and-son moments.”

When the boys were ever especially disappointed by the absence of their father, Linda would do her best to rationalize, saying that when it came to Bruce’s emotions “you have to view him in a wheelchair. If he had emotional legs, he’d get up and walk to you, but he just doesn’t right now.”

Let’s pray that all can come to a peaceful place.

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