02 September 2007

God's Love for Transgender People (www.epistle.us)

Church should be the place where a weary soul can come and find spiritual rest and refreshment. For many transgender and gender variant men and women, however, that is not the case. They are met with stares, hostility, and scorn by church going "Christians". Some think that because they are who they are, they believe that God hates them.

My transgender brother and sister there is good news; GOD LOVES YOU! He wants you to fellowship with him. That beloved verse, John 3:16 states: that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. The key word in the verse is 'whoever'. Jesus is all-inclusive. No one group or person has a claim on the gospel. His love and mercy is for all.

Sadly, some churches and Christians have made transgenders and the gender variant to feel unwelcome. They are treated with hostility, indifference, or implied that they are not regarded as redeemable. It's no wonder that many transgenders reject God, the bible, and Christianity all together.

Jesus showed love and compassion to all. He had compassion for those whom society deemed unworthy. Jesus loves all people regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation, or socio-economic status. The religious establishment of his day hated him because he was doing the things they neglected; demonstrating love, compassion, mercy, and justice. This was quite revolutionary in that patriarchal society.

I know that some of you were reared in church and had a vibrant faith. You were active in ministry and served God with all your heart. The people who loved you may have rejected you now because of your sexuality or gender. Jesus does not reject anyone who comes to him. There are no rejects in his kingdom. He was rejected by his own people, yet he loved unconditionally.

I wondered if my being transgender and a Christian were compatible. How would it affect my Christian walk? When I embraced the fact that I was transgender and a crossdresser, Jesus didn't toss me aside or reject me. He knew that I would be transgender before I was even born. He knew that you would be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender variant, poor, rich, black, white, brown, or whatever. I consider being transgender a blessing.

My transgender brother and sister, don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Jesus is not the stern authoritarian taskmaster ready to strike you down when you make even the slightest mistake. He wants you have a rich and abundant life.

I read John Beddingfield's 'Family Values' (in the Epistle under 'Authors') and one point he makes is so true; 'Jesus seems never to be satisfied that his family is big enough or strange enough. In the calling of his disciples, he adds tax collectors and fishermen. Added to this are rich folks, civil leaders, military officials, former prostitutes, adulterers, thieves, bandits, and everything in between.' I will add transgender to the list. Jesus wants us to be in his family. He didn't reject me because I am transgender and crossdress. He will not reject you.

Are you searching for real love and acceptance? Let Jesus come into your life. Those of you who have backslidden, come back to Him. He is waiting for you with open arms and a loving and compassionate heart.


© 2007 Gennee

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