God created mankind in His image.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
‘Whatever you did to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did to me.’
It is an unfortunate reality that Christians are one cause of the pain and suffering that transgender people endure.
Christians’ intentions — help people live a moral, fulfilling life — are good. But how those intentions are carried out can, to put it lightly, leave a lot to be desired.
Reading some Christians’ writing…
…it can be hard for me to tell where hatred of sin ends and love of the sinner begins.*
This isn’t to say that I think transgender people are sinning: Are saying to God, through their actions, “I’m going to live my life how I want to live it, your guidance be damned.”
On the contrary: The impression that I get from transgender people, is that such people are saying this:
“God, I’m trying to understand why I am the way I am. And the best way to understand, I feel, is to find out how deep these feelings I have go. Find out where the girl part of me ends and the boy part begins. Or vice versa.”
And when it comes to determining the sinfulness or non-sinfulness of an act, a person’s intent can make the difference.
Quoting Matthew 25:40, I’m not implying that I think that transgender people are “the least of these” — that a person who is transgender is less of a person than someone who is not.
What I am saying by quoting Matthew 25:40, is this:
God exists in all people. Even people that are treated as pariahs by others.
To people who are transgender:
God meant for you to be the way you are for a reason. God makes no mistakes. All is, ultimately, as He wills to be. (Romans 11:36)
*God didn’t call sex between two men or two women “homosex.”
“Homo” is a derogatory term. And if there’s one thing God isn’t, it’s degrading.