by Tom Shaheen

Today’s Washington Post ‘On Faith’ column is a very timely and insightful piece by Dr Russell Moore on California’s new law that mandates schools to enact a policy on open access to bathrooms, lockers rooms, etc., that should disturb both parents and students. It also raises the seldom-talked-about issue of  “transgender” and how Christians should think about it.

(Stay tuned to and for more about a similar but broader reaching law being pushed in Pennsylvania as House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300.)

Excerpt from Russell Moore:

The Internet is abuzz with conversation about the “T” in “LGBT” this week, after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation supporting “equal access” for students who believe themselves to be the opposite gender from their biological sex. As a conservative evangelical Christian, I believe the so-called transgender question will require a church with a strong theological grounding, and a winsome pastoral footing.

Here’s why.

Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human.

Laws such as those in California will quickly test the boundaries of society’s tolerance for a psychological and individualistic definition of gender. There are reasons, after all, why societies put boys and girls in different bathrooms, men and women on different sports teams.  When gender identity is severed from biological sex, where does one’s self-designation end, and who will be harmed in the process?

Read the whole column: Conservative Christianity and the Transgender Question