No doubt this past week, you were exposed to the media coverage regarding athlete and television personality William Bruce Jenner choosing to become a woman. Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1975 Pan-American games and the 1976 Olympic Games, was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine proclaiming that he is now to be called “Caitlyn.” Obviously many people are surprised that a man who has been married three times and is a father to six children would make such a shocking decision. No doubt, many people who know him and who are related to him are still trying to come to terms with this event.
While many in the media, in sports, and in celebrity arenas are praising him for being “bold” and “courageous,” let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about Bruce Jenner.
1. Bruce Jenner is a man. That is the way God made him. Genesis 1:27 describes how God made men and women: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” No matter how much surgery Bruce Jenner undergoes, no matter how much makeup he puts on, no matter what he changes his name to, no matter how often he wears women’s clothes, no matter how many people applaud him for seemingly “changing” his gender, the simple fact is, in God’s eyes, he is still a man.
2. “Bruce Jenner is a sinner.” In other words Bruce Jenner is a sinful man. I do not say this to pick on Bruce Jenner. He is not alone as a sinner because all men and women are sinners. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Each of us has a sinful nature that causes us to desire things that are wrong and things that are evil. Unfortunately, because of our sinful nature, we are naturally inclined toward selfishness and pride, and away from God. We desire to do things that do not please God and to obtain things that God knows are not good for us. As the songwriter says, we are all “prone to wander.”
3. Bruce Jenner is a man in need of salvation. And, not only salvation, but peace of heart, mind, soul, and spirit. The only person who can save him from his sinfulness and the punishment of sin, which is death and Hell, is Jesus Christ. First Timothy 1:15 says, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The only person who can give Bruce Jenner eternal peace and satisfaction in his heart, mind, soul, and spirit is Jesus Christ. The Bible says the peace that one can gain through Jesus Christ transcends “all understanding.” First Peter 1:8 also says that those who love and believe in Jesus Christ will “rejoice with joy unspeakable.”
Bruce Jenner is a confused, discontented, peaceless, restless man in need of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. As Saint Augustine declared, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Until Bruce Jenner comes to Jesus Christ, he will never be the man that he has the potential to be.
Today, you might be struggling with sin in your own life like Bruce Jenner is struggling with sin in his life. You, too, may be confused, discontented, peaceless, and restless like Bruce Jenner is. You are a sinner and in need of salvation. Right now, I want to give you the opportunity to receive Christ as your Savior so that you can find the peace and satisfaction that God has in store for you through a relationship with Him. Please listen carefully:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!