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.