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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.

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~