For what it’s worth, I thought my friend @andrewtwalk article on pronoun usage was excellent, further clarifying some of these issues. I love his spirit & find myself in ready agreement with him—& in his longer treatment in his book ‘God and T debate’https://t.co/at3OibOnvZ— J.D. Greear (@jdgreear) November 22, 2019
H/T Rod Dreher
Eric Striker is right.
Why should Chick-fil-A care about what Christian conservatives think?
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention is too nice, too polite, too genteel to even put up a fight against gender dysphoria. Pushovers only get rolled.
“Calling it “pronoun hospitality,” Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear revealed on an “Ask Me Anything” episode of his podcast that he prefers to call transgender people by their preferred pronouns.
Greear said that while there is room for disagreement and Christians should disagree charitably, he sees it as a hospitable courtesy to refer to transgender people by their chosen pronouns, despite knowing that their sex does not match their descriptors.
“There is a spectrum of generosity of spirit vs. telling truth,” Greear wrote in the podcast’s description. “I tend toward generosity of spirit.”
In a nutshell, this is why Christianity is dying out in the West and has been collapsing at a record pace over the past decade. It is not only this.
It is important to remember how the Southern Baptist Convention apologized for slavery, embraced anti-racism, denounced the Alt-Right and called for integrated churches. Russell Moore of ERLC has written countless ridiculous articles about things like how Christianity is incompatible with the Confederate flag or saving the Religious Right from Trump. There has been a debate about renaming the Southern Baptist Convention to drop the “Southern” part because it is “such a regional name.” The decline has only accelerated.
If you have noticed, transgenderism is on the way up and Christianity is on the way down. This is because the evangelists of transgenderism have aggressively promoted their message. In contrast, the defenders of Christianity seem to have no confidence in their beliefs, a religion which used to produce martyrs that were willing to be burned at the stake. They come across as weak and apologetic and in this contest between perceived weakness and niceness and sentimentality and strength on the other hand it is evil that is triumphing in the culture.
As a former atheist, I used to have a negative view of Christianity and it was mainly due to people like Russell Moore. I can tell you that Christianity is doing itself no favors by being identified with these people. It was only after I became familiar with Luther and Calvin and began to grasp how Christianity had changed over time and wasn’t always this cucked that my attitude softened. What do you think John Knox would have said about transgenderism? Can you imagine Luther or Calvin referring to transgender people by their preferred pronouns?
Christian leaders like J.D. Greear are weak today because Christianity isn’t even our dominant culture anymore. Liberalism is now the dominant culture in the age of the mass media. The values of liberalism permeate our entire culture and those who want to rise in wealth and social status in our society rather than reject it as we have done embrace the values of the mainstream. It is liberalism that opened the Pandora’s Box that has led to transgenderism.
Note: Check out this old article that Sarah Posner wrote about the Christians of the Alt-Right in The New Republic in 2017. See also this exchange that I had with Connor Grubaugh of First Things in 2018 about Christianity being malleable and following the mainstream culture and just laugh out loud about how a year and half later Chick-fil-A has surrendered and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention is referring to trannies as zes and zirs while Pope Francis is worshiping Pachamama and condemning homophobia while talking about ecological sins.