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I Don’t Need Compassion, I Need Acceptance

I have to be honest; I am getting very tired being listed as a person that the church needs to treat with “compassion.” I know that they see me as something of an anomaly- something they do not know how to handle. I know that they disagree with who I am.

But I don’t need compassion. I am not ashamed or bothered by who I am- I was designed with a purpose.

A popular Conservative Christian Organization known as “Focus on the Family” actually drafted a statement about what they label as “Transgenderism”. *CRINGE* You can view it here.

In it, they state:

“While God’s intent for sexuality and gender is being turned upside down, we must remember that those who struggle with their gender identity have lived lives of great pain, confusion and rejection. And, just as Jesus went out of his way to reach the outcasts of society, we’re called to humbly share His love embodied in the Gospel, to lift them up in prayer and to allow the Holy Spirit to bring about conviction, healing and transformation.
We affirm the Christian view that to be human is to be holistically united as body and spirit. Scripture teaches that even in heaven believers will have gloriously redeemed physical bodies. In contrast, transgender revisionists hold to the pagan view that the body is a container that the spirit is poured into. They erroneously conclude that either God has mistakenly put an opposite-sex spirit into the wrong body or that the body is not the real person – that only the spirit is real. As Christians, we believe that God can heal these disconnected, gnostic views and bring restoration and wholeness – where body, soul and spirit are in unity.”

Firstly- If I am an “outcast of society”, it is because organizations and congregations like this have treated me as such. Jesus doesn’t see me as an outcast. 1st Corinthians 6:19 says “Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you?” Ephesians 1:4 says that “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Jesus came so that I no longer would be separated from him, and despite others belief to the contrary, I know this to be true.

Secondly, While I will never say no to someone praying for me- I have to reject this idea that I need to be “fixed”. I am not some broken thing. I have repeatedly been spoken to by fellow Christians that say they are speaking in “love”, but their words are either thinly veiling their contempt, or outright disgust. I do not need to be convicted for being Transgender- I did not “choose” to be trans, but I have accepted it and decided to move forward in life.

Third, I do not believe that I was put into the “wrong body”; I believe I was made this way for a purpose, and that although I wish it otherwise, I know that God has a plan for me. Do I know why he chose to create me as a trans woman? No! However, this does not negate the fact that he did, with intention, create me as I am. Ephesians 2:10 says that “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” I may need healing, but not because I am Trans.

The church has done a lot of good, and you will never hear me claim otherwise. I simply wish that instead of treating those they do not agree with as “issues”, “problems”, or items “to be debated”, they would remember that we are all Gods children, and so therefore have a place at the table. Otherwise they will soon realize how empty that banquet has become.

Faith Should NOT be Used as a Weapon

Today I was reminded again how much harm some Christian’s can do when justifying their treatment of other people as “God’s Will”.

It was a strange encounter, honestly. I was leaving the bank this afternoon, and I passed by a vehicle where a man was helping a woman get a small child out of the back seat. He had forgotten that his driver side door was open, and it was opened far enough that it blocked the open parking space beside them. Wouldn’t it figure that seconds later another vehicle pulled into the parking lot, and wanted to use that blocked space?

I saw this truck pull up, and instantly knew that this was going to be bad.

It was black, and covered in bible verses and phrases like “repent or burn”, and “God hates fags”– right next to seemingly innocent ones like “Jesus Saves”, and “God Loves You.” I was cringing at this point.

Anyway, “God’s personal little soldier” saw that his intended parking spot was blocked, so he honked his horn, and kept pressing it so that the sound echoed all over. Heads were turning to look, and I was standing there opened mouth- just shocked. The first man realized what had happened and rushed over to shut his door, and gave a little wave in an obvious apology. The offended driver just zoomed into the parking space, obviously angry.

When he opened his door I saw that he was wearing a black t-shirt with the same phrases and verses written on it. By this time I had figured that the worst was over, and continued on my way to my car- but no. He walked over to the family (I am assuming; I do not know for sure) and began yelling at them about how inconsiderate they were, and that they should pay more attention! The first man just apologized again, and the other one just stormed into the bank.

The amount of hate and disregard for other people that was rolling off of that man was so thick that I could almost taste it. All I could think was that this was a terrible example of who Christ is, and what He stands for. It is nothing more than a perversion of the truth of God.

1st John 4:16 says “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 

Romans 13:10 says that “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” 

Luke 6:27 says “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

Psalm 136:26 says to “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.”

John 15:9 says that “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”

John 3:16 says that “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son.”

1st Corinthians 13:4-8 says that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Romans 5:8 “God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 

These are only a handful of verses that describes the love of Christ for us. Nowhere does it talk about using it as a weapon or an attack.

It is hard to imagine a world in which God supposedly delights in the tearing down and belittling of people He loves and created. I refuse to believe it.

We are, all of us, fearfully and wonderfully made. It says so in Psalms 139:14. The bible also says in Romans 15:7 that we are to “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” 

My favorite bible verse to date is Ephesians 1:3-6. It says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption into becoming a child of His through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

He chose us. We are holy and blameless in his sight. He loves us.

So tonight I am going to leave you with this. We are not called to hate, reject, disrespect, belittle, or tear-down one another. This is a lie that too many have decided to take up as a calling.

John 13:34-35 says “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

That says it all, friends. Love one another. Show Jesus through love- because after all, that is why He came.

Transphobia IS A Sin

I get it. You’re used to being able to use the bible as your spiritual baseball bat, beating down anyone you do not agree with. We must look small from way up there on your high horse.

The thing is, Jesus is not on your side. Oh sure, He loves you, absolutely without question. But that thing you’re doing, making others feel worthless and small? Yeah, no.

“There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” – James 4:12

I mean, I think that’s pretty straightforward, but just in case-

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?”Roman’s 2:1-3

You see, the LGBT Community is not trying to get on your bad side. Many of us are Christians, trying to live a life that is pleasing and honoring God. Ultimately, He is the one with final say. I love Him, I KNOW He loves me. Do I make mistakes? Absolutely. At the end of the day, my walk with God is between myself and the Father.

Not you.

Instead of judging, ostracizing, hating, making fun of, or rejecting those of us that live differently than you do, maybe get to know us. Maybe then you’ll realize we’re not that different after all.

I am not a “Broken Thing”

“It’s just a fad you’re going through.”
“This is your cross to bear.”
“Have you tried praying about it?”
“When Jesus tells me that I should, I will accept it.”
“God doesn’t make mistakes.”
“Maybe you need to speak to someone about it.”
“I will always respect you, even though you are living in sin.”
“You wouldn’t be badly treated if you were not living this way.”
“You chose this, now you have to deal with the consequences.”
“You will always be a man in a dress.”
“We all have struggles. You just need to give it to God.”
“I will pray that God reveals His truth to you.”

Tired of reading these yet? I promise you cannot be more tired of reading those, than I am of hearing and seeing them. Being invalidated daily, sucks.

We can do so much better, folks. We are called to minister to the broken, not tear them down, berate them, or treat them as lesser human beings because of who they are as a person.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mothers, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:29-32

 

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” – John 15:12

“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” – 1 John 4:20-21

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:3-5

The bible is clear about how we should be treating those around us, no matter the difference of opinion. Would it be nice if we all agreed? Absolutely, but that is not going to happen on this side of heaven. Attacking other people though, ostracizing them because they are different, belittling, rejecting, and judging them simply because they live differently than you do does not follow the examples of Christ.

I am a Christian. I am saved. When I die, I will be reunited with the Father in Heaven. No matter what you think, say, or feel to the contrary, my salvation is not contingent on your acceptance of who I am as a person. That is up to Christ.

I accepted His gift, and I am focusing my energy on spreading that message. Christ loves me. My being Transgender is not a mistake- I am not some broken thing, I was created with a purpose. I was made with an intentional design.

There are days I wish I had all of the answers, I wish I knew what the plan for my life was. However, since I do not know, I can only trust in the Father. I will continue to move forward, loving Him, and loving others.

What will you do?

 

~Megan~

 

Does Jesus Accept the LGBTQA+ Community?

Hello lovely people 💖

Today I wanted to talk about whether or not Jesus accepts the LGBTQA+ Community, because as a Transgender Christian- my faith and salvation are constantly attacked and fall under scrutiny on social media. This is not a “woe is me” post, far from it! I think this is something that we need to be clear on.

Before I begin, I am going to show a few examples of a conversation I had with a gentleman on Twitter this week. To respect his privacy, I have removed his screen name. This isn’t about calling him out, but rather discussing this mindset and belief.


 

 

 

Roman’s 15:7 says that we are to “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

We are all imperfect people, and will not be made otherwise until we finally are in Heaven with God the Father. In choosing love, and to love one another, we are echoing the best example we could ever have been given- Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 1:15 says “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst.”

There isn’t an exception made here. He came to save sinners, all of us. No one of us is better than the next when it comes to sin. Yet, despite this, He still chose to save us from it, and to make us perfect and blameless by His death, and our acceptance of Salvation.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

God made us, and called us perfect. How does that work with the idea people seem to have that the LGBTQA+ Community are broken, disgusting, and hell-bound individuals?

Ephesians 1:3-6 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption into becoming a child of His through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

This is perhaps one of my favorite passages of scripture. He chose us to be holy and blameless in his sight! Before the creation of the world he knew that I was going to be Transgender, because he designed me that way, and calls me holy and blameless through Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:21-22 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

Read that again. Without blemish and free from accusation. These verses are straight out of the bible, folks. I do not know how to be any clearer than this. We are not condemned, we are loved and accepted by Jesus Christ, and made blameless through His sacrifice.

This post is not going to chance the minds of those who are heartily against the LGBTQA+ Community. Instead, I hope this gives you peace and the ability to know that Jesus loves you. YOU! He accepts you. He made you the way you are, and you are dear to Him.

I love you all, too.

~Megan~

How Can You be Transgender and a Christian?

NOTE: I have decided to write this blog post again, as it is important to me and something I feel that needs to be said. I wrote this over a year ago on my first blog, but unfortunately the blog was deleted. I apologize if you have read something of mine like this before, but I encourage you to read it if you are struggling to connect your Christianity with your Identity.

As I child I was always taught that the LGBTQA+ community was nothing more than sinners who were going to hell. I knew from a very early age (I believe around the age of 5) that I was different, that I was not a boy and that something was terribly wrong. I could not mention this to my parents though, because I was terrified about their reactions. (Hindsight: this was a good idea, they would not have accepted this)

I remember praying so hard as a child that God would change me- that I would wake up in the morning and have my body be transformed into the body of the girl that I was inside. I remember waking up and being devastated that this hadn’t happened. I would sob in secret, and be miserable wondering what was wrong with me.

Over the years I would do my best to hide it- because I was raised in a home and church body that taught me that the LGBTQA+ Community was disgusting and an abomination in the sight of God, and so I felt that in order to honor Him and obey Him I needed to be exactly what I was expected to be.

I wore a mask; I buried everything. I prayed, I sang at church, I even helped in the children’s church, but inside I was a hollow shell. I kept returning to this thought:

“If God created me (which I knew was true), and He doesn’t make mistakes, then why is the Church telling me that to be Transgender is a Sin and wrong? Why would being who I am send me to Hell and eternity without God?”

It seemed to me that there as a contradiction being taught. I decided to study on my own. If I was going to be condemned for being Transgender, I wanted to know why directly from the Bible.  I started with the one truth I knew for absolute certain:

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him Shall not Perish but have everlasting life.” This verse is so often quoted that many Christians take it for granted. I read it over and over, letting it soak in. Jesus died so that ANYONE who believes in Him will have everlasting life. There isn’t an exception- there isn’t an “everyone except that particular group” clause mentioned anywhere. This being the case, and truth, how can I be Transgender and a Christian, despite what the church is teaching?

I have conversations with other Christians all the time, mostly on social media. Most of them (probably all, who are we kidding???) will return to the book of Leviticus every time. I have been quoted Leviticus 20:13 (discusses homosexuality) more times than I can count. I am not going to lie, this verse bothered my for some time, and added to my confusion and uncertainty. However, I chose to read and study. (NOTE: I have done extensive study on this particular book of the Bible, so much that I intend to devote one of my next blog posts to it! Stay tuned)

Galatians 3:21-25“Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”

I had to read this a few times before it finally sank in. I listened to sermons in the past about the “Old Law”, and that Jesus came to Earth not only to die for our sins, but to establish the “new law” with his people! The old law was put into place to prepare the Jewish people for the arrival of Christ, it is as simple as that. The old rules and requirements were stripped away when Jesus came to restore our relationship with the Father.

John 1:17“For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.”

Jesus came to earth to reveal to us God’s unfailing love, His compassion, and his faithfulness. No longer were we bound by the rituals or blood sacrifices as they were given to us (a necessity at the time) by Moses, but to create something new. His death, and the blood that was shed on the cross took over, and covered forever the need for such a sacrifice.

John 13:34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

This is our new commandment. This is what we are called to do- love one another. Not “judge one another”, not condemn, ostracize, belittle, or verbally abuse others because they may be challenging what we have been taught our entire lives, but to accept and love them.

I have said all of this, to make this point. I am a daughter of Jesus Christ, I am accepted and loved by Him. His sacrifice was as much for me as it was for you. He does not condemn me, and I refuse to hide who I am because it may offend people in the church. I am not the “model Christian”. I make mistakes, I am certainly not perfect. I have simply reconciled my faith with my being a Transgender woman. I am one of Christ’s children, and nothing or no one can take that away.

I still want to honor Him always with my actions. I want to love the unlovable, because I was one of those unlovable people until I accepted Christ. Maybe that is the reason that I am here, why I am going through all of this so that I can share my story, and show that God loves you no matter what you are going through. All I know for certain is that I am not forsaken, lost, or unwanted. I have a Savior who wants me, Transgender or otherwise. That, to me, is everything.

Is There a Reason for our Pain?

Is there a reason for our pain? It’s hard to see clearly sometimes, even if we know that there is a purpose for our life. In the midst of whatever we are going through it is so much easier to cling to the present pain instead of trusting that there IS a better tomorrow coming.

My name is Megan, and I am a Transgender Christian woman. I have blogged before and told my story, and while I will most certainly be writing it again, that isn’t my purpose for tonight.

My hope is that if you are struggling with something this evening, you will read this and be comforted. First, please know that you are not alone- not even for an instant. I promise I am not being cliché, the fact is that our Father in Heaven is always looking out for us.

Psalms 34:18 – “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

1 Peter 5:9-10 “Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Christian leader Jerry Bridges said “God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor an ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. he always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29)”

This does not mean that we will be painless in our lives, nor that we will never experience suffering. What we CAN be assured though, is that what we are going through has a purpose and that He is always with us.

It doesn’t matter what your situation is. The same thing applies to any and all. Please know that I am speaking as someone who has/is/will endured pain. I am not perfect, I do not always remember to trust in the middle of my circumstances. However we serve a God that is faithful, forgiving, and forever with us. How comforting is that?

This is just a short post tonight- hopefully I will have time tomorrow to write some more.

Until then,

~Megan Rae~