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The Point: The Problem of Pronouns


He wants you to call him her. What do you do? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet.

So a crony announces that he or she was innate in the wrong body, and is asking you to call him or her by the conflicting gender’s pronouns. How do you respond?

Over at The Stream, Tom Gilson writes it’s critical not to unnecessarily provoke that friend, but at the same time, the thought that God combined us male and womanlike is a core conviction. We offer a Savior Who calls Himself “the Truth.” We can’t tell a lie.

Gilson suggests an answer along these lines: we know that you have philosophy about yourself, which is because you’re asking me to call you by a opposite pronoun. But we have convictions, too. And for me to go along with your ask would violate those convictions, and therefore my identity. So how can we work this out together?

A little kindness, a little care, a little pliability can go a prolonged way. So remember, law and adore are not in conflict. No matter what happens, pronounce the law and remember that the person you’re speaking with is done in the picture of God.


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