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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.

Here We Go Again…

I get a LOT of people attacking me online for bring Transgender, and I am sure that most members of the LGBTQ+ Community do as well. If youve noticed, so many of their arguments are the same! It gets tiring at times.

So… I’ve compiled a list of the most common, with my answers. I’m sure it will grow, but here is what I have so far.

1. Being Transgender goes against God’s plan.

A: God’s plan is so much bigger and more vast than we could ever comprehend. Saying that you know the mind of God, why He allows certain things to happen, and that you know the absolute right answer is not only immensely conceited of you, but shows that you do not grasp the magnitude and beauty of who God is.

2. God is Ashamed and Disgusted by the LGBTQ+ Community.

A: John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”.

3. Being LGBTQ+ is a choice.

A: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.livescience.com/50058-being-gay-not-a-choice.html

4. God did not design you to be Transgender. It doesn’t exist.

A: Galations 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

5. There are only 2 sexes- XX(female) and XY(male)

A: I will quote Grace Ann, a biology teacher. “First of all, in a sexual species, you can have females be XX and males be X (insects), you can have females be ZW and males be ZZ (birds), you can have females be females because they developed in a warm environment and males be males because they developed in a cool environment (reptiles), you can have females be females because they lost a penis sword fighting contest (some flatworms), you can have males be males because they were born female, but changed sexes because the only male in their group died (parrotfish and clownfish),”…”Oh, did you mean humans? Oh ok then. You can be male because you were born female, but you have 5-alphareductase deficiency and so you grew a penis at age 12. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but you are insensitive to androgens, and so you have a female body. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but your Y is missing the SRY gene, and so you have a female body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but one of your X’s HAS an SRY gene, and so you have a male body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes- but also a Y,” she wrote. “You can be female because you have only one X chromosome at all. And you can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but your heart and brain are male. And vice – effing – versa. Don’t use science to justify your bigotry.”

6. Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13

A: Here’s the deal; not only was this book written as a way to establish a clear difference between the Israelites and their former Egyptian captors, it was written to discuss sexual purity. The form of relationship these verses are discussing are non-consensual, (i.e. slave/owner) or as pagan god-worshipping rituals. This does not in any way discuss a consenting, loving, and faithful relationship between two adult men. Also, if you choose to continue to utilize these verses, be prepared to give up shellfish, football and roasted ham, haircuts, misbehaving children(we are told to kill them) and mixed cotton clothing.

7. Romans 1:26-28

A: The Greek word Paul used is physikos, Which is often misinterpreted to mean natural. It is more closely translated to mean “the realities of nature”. Paul is concerned here with people acting in opposition to how God created them to be. If they were born a certain way (I.e. attracted to same sex) the abomination would then be to engage in a heterosexual relationship.

8. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 & 1 Timothy 1:9-10

A: These both use the same Greek word arsenokoitēs, which means male prostitute- and most scholars agree it means more specifically the prostitution of young boys. Again we see that Paul was not condemning the consensual loving relationship between two adults, but this time was attacking men having sexual relations with children.

The Damage Being Caused by my Fellow Christians

It is painful to see and hear how much damage is being done by Christian leaders who proclaim the name of God while engaging in rhetoric that is hurting people.

As Christians, we are called first to honor God, yes, but as a close second we are TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

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.”

This does not in ANY way say that we are allowed to keep anyone from coming to the Father.

This calls into question things like the Nashville Statement, the Southern Baptist Conventions Anti-LGBT documentation, as well as individual Religious leaders denouncing LGBT Christians from their pulpits.

I have to ask; where is God in any of that? The answer is simple, He is not.

He is clear on one thing though- He hurts for those that have been abandoned, abused, or rejected. He cares for us- He does not reject us.

Isaiah 57:15: For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Matthew 5:3-4: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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

It is comforting to know that no matter what has been done to us by other people, we are NOT alone. God sees what we are going through, He understands, and He is with us. God is NOT defined by the box that the Church has attempted to put around Him.

This is my hope for my fellow Christians:

That we would understand who God is, at least to the best of our ability. That we would see that He is not a God of hate and intolerance, but one of love and acceptance.

Please do not forget Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” 

Not one of us is a perfect Christian- we make mistakes, we fall short. We do not get to judge the walk of other people. Yes, I am Trans Christian. This does not exclude me from being able to be a Child of God. My walk is not in question. My identity is not in question. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and God made me this way for a reason. Your job, as a fellow Christian, is to encourage me in my walk- not to pick it apart.

IF our goal is the great commission, than I am afraid that we are not meeting it. We have turned insular, and tearing apart people who should be drawn closer to the father. God didn’t say, “For all have sinned, and those LGBT people are especially awful.” He did not say “Go ye therefore, except to that LGBT kid because I do not want anything to do with him.”

He did say to love one another, and that is something that I am choosing to do.

~Megan~