What are your personal pronouns?

This is a question we ask our children from the age of 2n/a to note. Outrage in the public and private school systems is growing over time. The growing and alarming reality is that the school has become primarily the infiltration of a curriculum. And this program will not stop until it destroys the fabric of our original design by God as creatures that reflect His image.

We are told today that there are more genders than you can count and that you can be anything you say you are. Moreover, those around you are obligated to adhere to who you decide to be.

I recently saw an article from Europe of a person who decided they wanted to become a dog and thus went through the transitions necessary to look and be shaped by what a dog looks like today. Maybe you are like me and you look at what is happening in our society today and it seems unbelievable, unimaginable, inexplicable and overwhelming to the point that you don’t even know where to start to help.

How do we engage a society that has determined and is inclined to destroy the purpose originally given to it by the Creator who created it in his image?

We must first ask ourselves what is the most important debate we should have with people as followers of Jesus Christ? Are personal pronouns the most important debate we should have with people today in our society given the overwhelming demand to conform to new ways of thinking and acting?

My answer may surprise you.

It is important, but it is not the most important question and discussion that we should have with people, students and children today. The most important question is not: “What are your personal pronouns?” The most important question is what are your possessive pronouns!

Who you are doesn’t matter if you don’t know who you belong to.

Our society has lost sight of the fact that we were created in the image of God. We bear his likeness. We belong to Him. We are His creation. We are his likeness. We are his children. And Jesus came to redeem the broken genders of our lives so that we could be restored to the full likeness of our Creator.

Our society is broken and debating personal pronouns will not make us unscathed. Changing our pronouns will not make us unbroken. It might break us in a new way, but we remain broken.

Our personal pronouns only multiply and aggravate the same problems with new paths of destruction. Our possessive pronouns, however, change the conversation. When someone says to you: “These are my pronouns, please use them to refer to me as such…” May I encourage you not to argue with them but to ask them if you can have a discussion with them about their possessive pronouns ?

If they give you permission, ask them, “Whose are you? Would you mind if I shared my possessive pronouns with you? Would you mind if I shared with you who I am and maybe it could help you find out who you are as well?

The debate over personal pronouns is not the most important fight. The biggest fight is in the trenches over your possessive pronouns. It’s no use knowing who I am if I don’t know whose I am.

We are raising a generation that doesn’t know who they belong to. And yes, at some point, our gender matters, but neither does our relationship with the one who created us.

May I encourage you to consider putting aside hostile debates over personal pronouns and seek to tell others about the possessive pronouns in their lives. The most important call God has placed on His church and His people is to help others understand that we belong to Him.

We are His royal priesthood.

We are his chosen people.

Our goal is to help someone say, “I am His. I belong to Jesus.”

We have an identity crisis in our society and we continue to try to solve this problem by redefining our sexuality and now trying to redefine our gender. These deconstructive behaviors won’t get us to a better place, but trying to steer someone away from deconstruction without offering them direction to consider is sadly and painfully a waste of time.

In John 10:14, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. I know mine and mine know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Jesus uses this analogy to show that we belong to him.

Jesus tells us: “You are mine. He died for us. He gave his life for us.

Nowhere in scripture does Jesus argue with someone about their personal pronouns, but he does argue over and over again about their possessive pronouns.

I agree that pronouns are important but maybe, just maybe we discussed the wrong pronouns. May I encourage you as a pastor of over 25 years serving the same community, Colorado Springs, and the same Southern Baptist church, Vanguard Church, that perhaps the debate over personal pronouns could very well to be the greatest opportunity we have had in centuries to share the Gospel with a lost and dying world.

May I encourage you to consider their possessive pronouns rather than their personal pronouns?

If we can help people discover “who” they are, we may not be able to turn the tide of the personal pronoun debate in our society, but we can simply help them discover the One who came, died and risen for them.

His name is Jesus.

And He wants them to know that they can belong to Him.

May the Lord give us the courage to speak about the possessive pronouns of people’s lives because their eternity depends on it!


Pastor Kelly

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