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A recent story in Axios in June claimed religious adults would be comfortable learning that a friend uses gender-neutral pronouns–such as they or them rather than he or she. Also, in June, Axios reported that Latino Catholics and evangelicals say only two genders exist.
In reality, religious people, generally, and Christians, mainly, should reject the general use of preferred pronouns. Christians must not use pronouns because it furthers the lie that preferred pronouns are acceptable, directly undermining God’s created order and suggesting that people can change genders; people cannot change genders. Christians must not use pronouns when addressing the transgender community. Doing so encourages them to lead lives not guided by reality. Using their desired pronouns, we encourage them to recreate themselves in their image rather than experiencing the truth that God created them in His image and likeness. As Christians, we should not encourage or lie to them or be rude or condescending when we speak with them. God and the Holy Spirit are still active. However, by telling the truth in love, we may still be able to lead them to Jesus Christ–which means they still have an opportunity to be redeemed and renewed, which means they can lead others in the transgender community to Jesus.