Clerk: “Pretty amazing about Bruce Jenner, don’t you think?”
Customer #1: “Wow, I wished I looked THAT good!”
Customer #3: “When you have that kind of money I think anybody could.”
Customer #1: “At 65?! I’m jealous. I mean she looks great.”
Clerk: “Well all I can say is good for him. It was very brave and Bruce deserves to be happy.”
A customer looking in the display case mumbled.
“What? You don’t think so?” The clerk chided.
I looked on, thankful I wasn’t involved in the drama at the checkout, and pondered.
“Is he happy?”
Applause of Crowds and Utterly Alone
I hurt for Bruce Jenner.
Father’s Day, June 21st he will most likely be alone. Last year this time he most likely received gifts and phone calls from his six children. For the first time Burt, Casey, Brandon, Brody, Kendall, and Kylie are facing their first Father’s Day without a father. Or at least sort of… to call him “father” would put Bruce back in the box he was in… back in the skin he didn’t like. But now he is alone in this “transitioned” altered body as no one to nobody.
Not a father. Not even a wife, mother, or girlfriend. Not an Olympian, race car driver, Olympic athlete or actor.
People around him are mourning.
Bruce’s former wife Kris said, “I miss Bruce and that’s going to take me a minute to mourn that relationship. You think you’re going to grow old with someone. I have to mourn Bruce Jenner because I miss Bruce, I’ll never be able to have Bruce and all I’ll have are my memories. I feel like Bruce died and it’s really hard for me to wrap my head around that.”
I wonder if someone will invite Bruce to church on Father’s Day, as he is… Caitlyn, with pumps and a dress?
You may have read this and were just as surprised as I was to learn about Bruce Jenner’s conservative background. He and his family have been very involved at church. Kris Jenner once expressed a desire to see her daughters grow up and love the Lord.
Where could Bruce Jenner attend church on Father’s Day?
Bruce could attend an applause-giving church. This church would provide affirming messages and shy away from conversations about sin. People leave the services comfortable.
Bruce could attend a shaming church. This church would preach about sin- lots of sin. People leave the services guilt-ridden.
Both of these choices would be disastrous.
Some churches preach the Gospel and some do not. Some disciple their parishioners and some do not. Some churches are loving and welcoming, some are not.
Will someone invite him?
Would I invite Bruce to church with me… to sit in my row at my church?
Would I invite him to meet my friends and my pastor and go to small group with me? Would I call him Caitlyn if it was important to him that I did? Would I humbly share my own brokenness and need for a Savior? Could I be okay with having Bruce/Caitlyn in my life as a friend, not a “project?” Would I share the honest Gospel- full of both Grace and Truth? Would I show him God made no mistakes in his creation and Bruce could find his sufficiency in Christ alone? Would I be patient?
Would I get messy like that… or would I even bother?