Answers to Common Questions

Below is a list of common questions and a link to their answers. I’ve drawn on many of the helpful books I’ve listed and encourage you to check them out as well.

Questions for the Workplace

What about pronouns?

Pronouns are contentious because they communicate gender, which reflects a biblical understanding that we were created as male and female.  This requires individual discernment, but I try and offer some encouragement.

Can Christians Claim Religious Accommodations?  

Christians might claim Religious Accommodations, meaning you can raise the question when asked to do something against your beliefs.

How should I think about those who support the LGBTQ+ movement?

These individuals are also created in God’s image. As such, they are deserving of our love and respect. But this is not easy to do, but Jesus calls us to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). And God does not tell us to do something without providing the means to obey.

General Questions

How do I make sense of the many terms in this debate?

In addition to a list of definitions, I discuss general terms that are part of the Pride movement. I also discuss how identity plays a role and can become a common point from which to start a conversation.

What causes homosexuality and transsexuality?

This question has many answers. I start with a general approach and then work through some of the more specific causes as separate questions.

How do I respond to those who claim “I was born this way”?

This is a common defense of homosexual and transexual behavior that has taken hold in popular culture. But it has no scientific basis. Instead, it must be approached as a cultural question.

Do genetics cause homosexuality or transsexuality?

Genetics is often cited as a scientific explanation to support being born a homosexual or transsexual. However, there is significant scientific research on the subject but no conclusive proof of a genetic cause.

Am I homophobic if I feel uncomfortable around homosexuals?

Feeling uncomfortable is a natural reaction to something unfamiliar and different from your experience. Even if we are uncomfortable, we can still find shared experiences to build a connection.

Is it sinful to be confused about gender identity?

Genuine confusion is not a sin. Many things in our fallen world create confusing feelings. We can acknowledge our own confusion about gender issues and ask the other person to explain their experience to us.

How can I relate to someone struggling with gender identity?

Gender identity is confusing and subjective. But we do have absolutes of biology and from the Bible that can help us feel secure in these conversations. We all struggle with aspects of this fallen world. We can relate to those struggling with gender identity on that.