Why Christians Should Applaud the President’s Military Transgender Policy

By Michael Brown Published on July 27, 2017

Some LGBT activists are lambasting Christian leaders for supporting the president’s policy on transgenders in the military. In their view, these leaders are celebrating an act of cruelty and discrimination, thereby contradicting the message of Jesus. Is there any truth to this charge?

Trump’s LGBT Critics

In the words of Bill Browning, writing for LGBTQ Nation, “While their supposed savior was best known for his radical inclusivity and teachings to love one another, these charlatans are celebrating discrimination in the name of their God.” (Browning was referring to Tony Perkins, Micah Clarke, and Bryan Fischer, well-known evangelical leaders.)

Other activists have protested, although without the attack on Christian leaders.

Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner tweeted, “There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?” (For the record, a more accurate number is between 1,320 and 6,630 transgenders out of a total of roughly 1,300,000 million in active service.)

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, was stronger still. He wrote, “This heinous and disgusting action endangers the lives of American service members, undermines military readiness and makes our country less safe. It is also the latest effort by Trump and Mike Pence to undo our progress and drag LGBTQ people back into the closet by using our lives as political pawns.”

According to Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear.”

And Michelangelo Signorile called the ban a “brutal, authoritarian act against an embattled minority.”

What Trump’s Decision Does

How, then, could Christian leaders support, let alone applaud, the decision? The answer is simple: It’s practical, wise, and godly.

I understand that trans-identified persons will take the policy as a slap in the face, for which I’m sorry. They will also feel rejected by people like me who applaud the president’s actions. I regret that as well.

As for trans-identified Americans who have served in our military, I commend them for their service. I’m sure that many of them are courageous.

But the military is not concerned with whether its decisions hurt people’s feelings or offend them. The only question is: What will make us into the best military possible? It’s not hard to figure out why including people who identify as transgender, as a rule, does not fit well into that equation.

Here are just a few reasons why the president did the right thing.

Why This is a Good Thing

1) The military isn’t a lab for social experiments. Accommodating openly transgender people in the military is a massive social experiment. It means women sharing showers and bunks with biological males who identify as female. It means men living together with females who identify as men but still get their periods. It means everyone having to accommodate people at all stages of “transition.” Why impose this on the military?

2) The military cannot waste money on “transitions” for those who identify as transgender. This includes paying for sex-change surgery, hair removal, and daily hormone supplements. It could even mean reverse surgery for those who have regrets. Why in the world should the military be responsible for this?

Walt Heyer is a former MTF (male to female) transgender underwent sex-change surgery (as it was called). He has devoted years to researching the relevant issues. He points out that the military is struggling to provide good health care for its veterans. Why add to this a burden of several billion dollars to meet to fulfill the desires of transgender servicemen? And what about the higher percentage of mental and emotional disorders experienced by trans-identified individuals?

3) The military has requirements for men and for women. This becomes clouded and complex when men can (pretend to) become women and vice versa. For example, must a FTM (female to male) person perform at the same level as other men, including strength and endurance tests? And what if hormone treatments are not at hand during combat? Will this affect the person’s service? Once again, these new issues should not be imposed on the military.

But President Trump’s decision is not just right. It’s godly too.

The Rights of the 99 Percent

It’s not right or fair for the military to impose the struggles of less than 1 percent of those serving on everyone else. What about the privacy rights of the 99 percent? What about their needs? And with sexual abuse rampant among our troops, why would we want to put women at further risk by having biological males rooming with them?

Recently, a MTF prisoner was transferred out of the female prison where he was doing time since he was allegedly having sex with the women. He still had his male plumbing and was still attracted to women, despite identifying as a woman. Do we want this in the military too?

The aggressive LGBT agenda in the military has also trampled religious liberties underfoot, as revealed by headlines like these: “Soldiers Plead for Release from ‘Transgender Training’” and “Pentagon’s Transgender Policy Steamrolls Religious Liberty.” Why does our military want to scorn the deeply held beliefs and convictions of hundreds of thousands of its best men and women?

Religious liberties are basic to the well-being of our nation. That includes our military. Pushing back against the LGBT assault on those liberties is right and good and godly.

Jesus Transforms With New Life, Not Surgery

What about the claim that Jesus “was best known for his radical inclusivity and teachings to love one another”? Actually, He was best known for transforming all those who followed Him. He did not merely forgive the woman caught in adultery. He told her to “go and sin no more.”

He also defined marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). He taught that all sexual sin outside of marriage was defiling (Matthew 15:19-20). And he reaffirmed the sexual ethics of the Torah, which included the prohibition of homosexual practice (Matthew 5:17-20; Leviticus 18:22).

As followers of Jesus, then, we reach out to the hurting, offering them new life in Him. But we don’t throw out logic, common sense, or the concern for the well-being of everyone else. Nor do we ask the military to risk the lives of others to affirm the feelings of people suffering from gender dysphoria.

So yes, I applaud the president’s decision, and yes, I do so as a follower of Jesus.

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  • Gary

    If you actually read the New Testament, you find that Jesus was not as inclusive and tolerant as many people claim he was. And there is no evidence that he was at all accepting of, or tolerant of, lgbtq.

    If Trump follows through with removing transies from the military, there will be lawsuits. It will be argued that to remove transies from the military violates the equal protection clause. Meaning that the Constitution forbids making any difference between people. If the courts accept that argument, which they might, it should mean that there can be no requirements for military service. Everyone must be treated equally. The sixty year old man must be accepted along with the young woman with a club foot and legally blind. Given the insanity that is so common in America today, that just might happen.

  • Hannah

    My husband is colorblind, thus he cannot serve in the military like he wanted to. We don’t lash out saying the military is anti-colorblind people or that because he should be able to serve because he “really wants to” – we realize that since he can’t distinguish between red and green, that will affect his ability to perform.

    I’ve got ADD and probably should be on meds. That would probably disqualify me from service because my difficulty focusing or keeping my head in a potentially life-threatening situation could cost lives.

    The military already discriminates based on weight, height, credit score, high school education, criminal record, and much more – it makes perfect sense to forbid someone who’s taking hormones and is already mentally fragile from deploying. (They already forbid diabetics from serving as well for similar reasons)

    • SophieA

      But then, you and your husband are rational, thinking adults who have no hidden agenda or are perpetual whiners.

      • Hannah

        That’s true. Unfortunately, common sense isn’t common anymore.

  • fights

    The truth is this is an agenda driven by the Marxists/leftists to divide and essentially with the goal to do away with organized religion (mainly Christianity) to move that agenda forward to a one world order. Thus, the open borders, thus the tolerance for Muslims, etc.

  • Patmos

    Everyone should applaud it, not just Christians.

    Now, for the rest of the damage Obama did…

  • Gary

    Because America refuses to follow God’s instructions (Leviticus 20:13), it has to spend time and energy dealing with issues unnecessarily. And remember, God made no covenant with America.

  • Ron Boyson

    Jesus was intolerant of the money changers; how much more homosexuals?

    • Dant e

      Jesus looks/ed at the heart and mind of the sinner(every single human being). Matthew/Levi the tax collector is a good example, The Lord Jesus is intolerant of the sinners sin but wants all to repent and follow Him and He has promised that all will be forgiven if they do.

    • tasha63

      Jesus never said anything about gays or homosexuals. You yourself are making this leap.

      • StanToronto

        Certainly Jesus most clearly condemned homosexual immorality which is condemned by the law of Moses. He really didn’t have the time to waste on reiterating the law of Moses for the benefit of the deparaved.

        “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” John 5:46

  • m-nj

    Why should I or anyone else care what Bill Browning, from LGBTQ Nation, has to say with respect to Jesus’ teachings. He living and advocating for sin, is (probably) not saved, and therefore is spiritually dead to the things of God and the truth of the Bible.

  • StanToronto

    “I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.” 1 Corinthians 5:11

    • Bezukhov

      Maybe they should pass a law requiring that a restaurant owner has to drive out all non Christians from his restaurant if a Christian walks in. Otherwise the owner would be forcing that Christian to eat with undesirables.

    • tasha63

      I don’t see gay or transgender mentioned here.

  • alyse webb

    I am not a basher of homosexuals. They need Jesus. From a moral standpoint this decision is firm. For practical purposes, it is as well. Dr Brown, you are correct, while these men and women may be heroic in battle, the military is no place for a social experiment. The health care costs alone would bankrupt our country. Besides creating gender free restrooms, housing etc. Jesus DID come to bring radical love to the sick and hurting, but He paid a high price to bring that love and it does come with the ‘all me caveat’ and sin no more.

    • tasha63

      I don’t see this as a social experiment. Gays and transgendered people are capable of serving their country just as well as any other. And, I think a country exists to serve it’s people, not the people the country. ALL it’s people. Have you ever heard of Alan Turing? A young homosexual man who was instrumental in our winning WW2?

      Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (/ˈtjʊərɪŋ/; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist.
      Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer.[4][5][6] Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.[7]
      During the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre that produced Ultra intelligence. For a time he led Hut 8, the section which was responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. Here he devised a number of techniques for speeding the breaking of German ciphers, including improvements to the pre-war Polish bombe method, an electromechanicalmachine that could find settings for the Enigma machine. Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic, and in so doing helped win the war.[8][9] Counterfactual history is difficult with respect to the effect Ultra intelligence had on the length of the war,[10] but at the upper end it has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by more than two years and saved over fourteen million lives.[8]”

  • commonsensebeliever

    Having been a military/government contractors wife, I learned a lot about military principles, readiness, etc. Based solely on what is best for the military(and we can look through many years of military history in all different countries, who have adopted changes that became failures), President Trump chose what is best. This decision has nothing to do with hurting feelings. Trans is not a gender, it is a distortion of identity and compulsive/obsessive disorder….like the 75 lb. anorexic who won’t eat, believing themselves as grossly overweight, in spite of their mirror image and medical facts that prove they are starving to death. I believe people should treat one another with kindness and respect, but we are not obligated to agree with or cater to anyone’s distortions of reality and there are no safe spaces anywhere in the military.

  • imgrateful_1

    A wonderful writing. An honest and pure perception on the culture and here, how it is spilling over in the military. That is totally separate from citizen culture. This also exposes the “leader” that allowed this to be put in place in the first place. This also reveals how our country is in trouble in so many ways. When people are “lost” they also reveal a selfish side of what a human being is and their approach to their lives and expect others to accept it. I often think of how “fellow” ( ? ) Americans that display this selfish kind of character really are like children that never grew up. Small children attached to their pacifiers and then display a fit because it gets lost! LOL

    • tasha63

      We use to not allow Blacks to be part of the military because of their genetic differences (darker skin). We use to not allow women either because of THEIR genetic and brain based differences. Both are no longer true. Why not gays? It is not immoral to be black, a women OR homosexual / transexual.

  • Hmmm…

    The world’s view of Jesus comes from the most religious elements of Christianity, rather than relationship, which it is. It’s from pictures of Jesus going around with lambs on his shoulders and other such depictions. Problem is, they are unscriptural. Someone said he went around preaching love and acceptance, and that sounds good, but really puts you on the spot when they are talking about supporting sin. So, what did Jesus go about preaching: It was repentance and the kingdom of God. Quite different.

  • Jim Walker

    This fulfills Trump’s 1980s interview with Rona Barrett when he said about being President :
    “I also see that somebody with strong views and somebody with the kind of views that are maybe a little bit unpopular which may be right but maybe unpopular, wouldn’t necessarily have a chance of getting elected against somebody with no great brain but a big smile”.
    I believe we will see more of unpopular policies from him.

  • Jim Walker

    Though this hurts the LGBTQ community. Military culture is separate from citizen culture. Military is never about you. Military rules will be racist, homophobic, discriminative, etc but the goal is only 1, to win battles. You follow the military law or you walk out. This environment will never suit leftist liberal culture.
    The enemy will always win when you don’t have unity. Hearing what the Generals and military experts advised Trump, I believe these military leaders knows what is best to make military great again !

    • Gary

      Hurting the “LGBTQ community” is an added bonus.

  • Gary

    It goes without saying that every Democrat in America wants to keep transies in the military. But there are also many republicans who want that too. Many of them are in congress. They are all part of the sewer that Trump referred to. They are going to join the democrats to try to keep Trump from making any good changes to American government policy. Liberal republicans and democrats are a majority in congress. Trump is going to find it very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve any good that he might want to do.

  • Aren’t people with serious issues medically discharged from the military all the time? Why should this be different?

    • tasha63

      Because it is not a medical issue. It is a genetic and brain-based difference.

  • tasha63

    “I understand that trans-identified persons will take the policy as a slap in the face, for which I’m sorry. They will also feel rejected by people like me who applaud the president’s actions. I regret that as well.”

    You are correct. They WILL see it as a slap in the face and feel rejected because it IS a slap in the face and rejection. Not the way of Jesus, for sure. If you regret it, then it is within your power to do something about it.

    • Gary

      Jesus rejects lgbtq. Can you provide any Biblical evidence that Jesus accepts lgbtq?

      • tasha63

        Can you provide any evidence that Jesus ever expressed an opinion on homosexuality? I don’t see any anywhere in his words or actions.

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