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Cover of "Transgender" by Vaughan RobertsThis final web post in looking at this much-talked-about subject covers the last chapter of the book "Transgender" by Vaughan Roberts, published by thegoodbook company, ISBN 978-1-78498-195-2 which can be obtained from your local Christian bookshop or by going to the website. The cost is just less than £3. We hope you have found these summaries to be helpful.

Chapter 6:

In this final chapter Roberts gives us some wise pointers as we try to apply the Bible’s teaching to the complex issues of life.

1. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND PERSONALLY?
For anyone, the advice is not to struggle alone ‘and especially don’t let shame keep it a lonely battle.’ For Christians, the added advice is ‘not to allow our old desires to define our identity and dictate our behaviour. Rather, we must allow Jesus Christ by his Spirit to give us our identity as sons and daughters of God.’ None of this will happen without significant personal effort, careful thought and persistent prayer.

2. HOW SHOULD A CHURCH RESPOND?
Roberts hopes that church families will follow the example of Jesus and exhibit his love not least in ‘a warm, non-judging welcome to everyone.’ Also, with regard to engaging with Christians struggling with gender dysphoria his wise counsel is not to expect instant Christian maturity. ‘Change will certainly not happen overnight, so we need to be patient in caring for one another and instructing one another.’ Ongoing support and encouragement are required as we seek together the likeness of Christ.

3. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD TALKS ABOUT HAVING TRANSGENDER FEELINGS?
‘Don’t panic.’ Be wary of overly rigid stereotypes as regards men and women. ‘But don’t dismiss it either.’ ‘Discussion needs to be encouraged, and we should resist the temptation to hide our heads in the sand and hope it all goes away.’ Moreover, we are to model for our children ‘what it is like to live as forgiven sinners who are wrestling with our fallenness as we look forward to the new creation.’ And remember that most children lose such feelings on reaching adolescence, but where that doesn’t happen, Roberts counsels that ‘they will need a robust Christian worldview to face life.’

4. WHAT IF A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND CONFIDES IN US?
We need to affirm our love for them and then listen well as we seek to understand. Roberts highlights that such individuals are likely to have a huge fear of rejection. ‘Only in the context of an ongoing, loving friendship will we be in a position to gain a hearing for what the Bible teaches.’

5. WHAT ABOUT THOSE LESS CLOSE TO US?
Remember that they’re ‘just like you, me and anyone else: broken sinners in need of God’s love and forgiveness.’ ‘Love, wisdom and respect are the watchwords,’ and, offers Roberts, ‘in my opinion, respect will mean calling someone by the name they choose to be called by.’

6. HOW DO WE RESPOND TO OUR CULTURE?
Roberts contends that it’s ‘absolutely right that transgender people should be protected from injustice.’ But Christians have valid concerns and rights too and Roberts equally encourages us to ‘be supporting groups who are engaged at the cultural and political level in order to win a hearing for Christian voices among lawmakers.’ We need to be prepared to speak up in support of the goodness of God’s creation of human beings as men and women. But, above all, our culture needs to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Summary prepared by Rev Hector Morrison