This letter is to you, Bruce. I watched your latest interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday, April 24, 2015, in the which you continually spoke of how you had spent almost your entire life living with confusion as to who you are, and what you want to become for the remainder of your life. I marvelled when you spoke of the Lord God and how you yourself acknowledged that God had placed the “soul of a woman” inside of you, with God saying, “now let’s see what you do with that.” You are right! God did place those emotions within you, however, it is not truly the “soul of a woman” inside of you. God did give you tender emotions…maybe more so than He has given to other men…however, they are the roots of a larger-than-life emotion called compassion.
However, Bruce, God would absolutely never break His own laws and put a “woman’s soul” inside of you, a man. But you are not the only man who has ever had more tender emotions; I think of the Jewish king, King David….just read the Book of Psalms…jam-packed with David’s emotions written down for everyone to read for the last four thousand years approximately.
Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
David was not ashamed of his tenderness and his compassionate heart for God and for others as well. David could have killed Saul several times, however, because of his love for God and the fact that Saul had been anointed king by God Himself, he refused to lay his hands upon him to take his life. Yet, David was a man’s man even though he had a tender heart.
I think next of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. He wept over Jerusalem and stated:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
In this passage, the Lord Jesus Christ does take on the attributes of a feminine quality by aligning Himself with a mother hen who gathers her chickens under her wings in order to protect them. Yet, the Lord Jesus Christ was most definitely a man’s man. It took enormous strength to withstand those cruel beatings and the torture that He endured for our sakes. It took a great compassionate heart and a merciful soul to lay His life down and hang on that cross so that we could receive forgiveness for our sins, transgressions and iniquities.
Bruce, we have an enemy who wants nothing more than to “steal, kill, and destroy” us….US…God’s creation. When the enemy saw God placing within you the tenderness and the compassion, he began a campaign of lies against you, to distort, pervert and warp the truth of what God had given to you; by telling lies into your ears that you really had a “woman’s soul” trapped within you so that you would be uncomfortable in your own skin. His design has been to lead you down roads of confusion to the end that you now find yourself facing…an end of your own choosing, of ending or changing the athletic body….the body of a man’s man….that God Himself gave to you. For what? So that you can form on the outside what you have always thought you were feeling on the inside?
Even back when I was ten years old, my uncle who was an alcoholic, jumped out of his chair as if he was going to hit my mother; I also jumped up and stood between him and my mother and told him that he would have to go through me first. I was also a single mother and on two distinct occasions, I had to act very aggressively in order to protect my daughter. First, I had to stand toe-to-toe against a drunken and enraged man and the next one, a few years later, I had to jump into the fray against a girl gang who was beating up my daughter. You can better believe that I got very aggressive….just like a man. Yet, I could have believed the lies the enemy might have told me…that really, I had the “soul of a man” inside….after all, look how aggressive I became. Wow, just like a man…. Thankfully, I am very much a woman of God.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Bruce, as you yourself have said during your interview last Friday, you mentioned your confusion and that is simply because you have always felt internal strife….this has produced the confusion…and now finally you will begin to experience every evil work. The evil work is the fruit of the seeds of the many lies that the enemy began telling you when you were a young boy.
I’m pretty sure that you have always wondered why God seems to have put all of these gentle emotions within you, yet formed a man’s body to house them. As I see it, God did this perhaps to make you to be as a sign and a symbol to other men that it’s perfectly okay to feel tenderness and/or compassion.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
After all, here is Bruce Jenner, winner of the decathlon….no mean feat to win such a title…and then to be called the “greatest athlete ever”…and this is what you want to change?
Our culture tries to dictate what makes a man a man, and a woman a woman. Sometimes, however, God sees things totally different and He calls those things that be not as though they are.
Bruce, you need to seek the face of the Lord God and His Son, the Lord Jesus…you know the man’s man…the one who had such tender compassion for you that He died for you. The Lord Jesus knows what it is like to have these emotions and He alone can cause you to finally feel comfortable in your skin, which is that of a man’s skin.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.
Bruce, please re-think what you are about to do.