According to the Gospel Coalition, the Christian religion views people who do not associate with their gender identity assigned at birth as people who are experiencing gender dysphoria. The Church holds these beliefs because according to the bible, God made men and women different so it is philosophically impossible for a man to become a physical woman and vice versa. The article called “The Christian Response to Gender Dysphoria” defines this condition as the experiences of distress associated with the incongruence when one’s psychological and emotional gender identity does not match one’s biological sex.
By calling people who don’t identify with their biological sex “gender dysphoric” the Church is basically refusing to acknowledge these individual’s inner feelings and thoughts about their gender. Instead, the Church believes these people just falsely perceive their gender identity, making it seem as if they are deranged. The article goes on to say, “biblical counsel would begin by helping a person embrace that their birth sex is a testimony to their true birth sex.”
I feel that the ideals that the Christian religion holds about gender identity are completely wrong. Many people turn to religion when they are in times of struggling, and it is unjust that transgender people do not have the same freedom. Religious buildings are supposed to be safe spaces and transgender people should feel comfortable going to these places. If they were to seek help with their identity changes from the Church, their struggles would just become worse because the Church would not be able to validate or affirm the feelings that the transperson is struggling with. The church would tell these people that their feelings are a false perception and would try to persuade them to embrace the true gender they were born as. Instead, the Church should accept these people with compassion and sympathy because the transition for these individuals is difficult enough.