The news that Chaz Bono, born the daughter of Sonny and Cher Bono, but since transgendered to a man has ignited a firestorm of criticism, as well as support for the move. What should be the Christian response to this story.
Well, I'm sure there are many different responses, including the call from some Christian groups to boycott the show, but I will try here to give you mine.
First of all, I don't really care for the show in the first place. My daughters grew up in the world of dance, and my oldest still teaches it. But we are both in agreement on the faact that the recently popular dance shows on television, not only DWTS but , "So You Think You Can Dance" (both American, but especially Canadian) have overly sexualized dance. Every hip-hop number, for instance, seems to include an obligatory simulated sex act. Even the ballroom dancing on DWTS has deteriorated to a focus on the more erogenous areas of the anatomy, especially the female. So I don't think the show is the best television fare for Christians to be watching anyway, especially Christian families.
But what about Chaz? I believe there are only two kinds of people in the world; the saved and the unsaved. As Christians, we need to be focused on witnessing to the unsaved, not judging them; not putting them off or pushing them away. Without passing judgment on Chaz' status, if he is not yet a Christian, we need to pray that he might somehow become one. When anyone does then become a Christian, the past no longer matters, as far as his standing with God is concerned. He is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come. It is not our business to be judging anyone who has not yet come to faith in Christ. It is our business to see, LORD willing, that they do.
I think 1 Corinthians 6 applies here.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV, emphasis mine, JK)Some of the Corinthians Christians, indeed some of us today, were once the type of people Paul condemns as wicked, but they and we were washed, justified and sanctified by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. If Chaz Bono were to come to Christ, he would come as he is, what ever he is. Now you may have differing opinions as to what he is, or should be, but he will come as a new creation. The old will have gone and never be counted against him.
A person with tattoos all over his body, for instance, if he becomes a Christian, will still have tattoos all over his body. He may not, as a Christian, have done this; we may believe that a Christian should not have excessive tattoos, or any, for that matter, but that is irrelevant. That person is now no less a Christian than we.
Chaz Bono, along with every other person who does not (if indeed he does not), is someone who needs to know Jesus Christ. I believe it's as simple as that.