- God explicitly said he accepts you for who you are.
- Jesus told his apostles to accept us just before his crucifixion.
- And the Holy Spirit? The Trinity has always been with us on our road less traveled.
These passages that explain this never fail to make me cry in joy. They are the cornerstone of an open Communion, the most beautiful thing I have ever been a part of. And they are in the Bible, easily accessed for all to see.
In the Old Testament Isaiah 56:1-7 God said “Do not let the foreigner joined to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from his people” and do not let the eunuch say, ‘I am just a dry tree.’ For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths . . . I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument, and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. And the foreigners who hold fast my covenant these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples”.
In this passage, God is telling us that he loves and holds dear both foreigners and eunuchs. The use of many of the words found in the Bible has changed over time. Foreigner, as used in the bible means not just those of a foreign land but those who’s faith or customs lays in other places.
Most Christians have no problem accepting the interpretation of “Foreigner” as written in the Bible. Yet they close eyes and minds, and hearts at the mention of the word Eunuch, which is who we are.
We are the ones who know that our true gender is incongruent with our sex as assigned at birth and have taken measures to rectify this.
And many of us are also foreigners in the land that we live in. You don’t have to be Christian to be outcast as a transgender person. This has happened in every country in the world and with every religion since the beginning of recorded history.
Pink News: Canadian Baptist pastor Junia Joplin came out to her church as a transgender woman, and her sermon on embracing the truth will give you shivers.
Jesus acknowledges the difficulties cisgender people would have embracing transgender people and the difficulties we would have coming to terms with our gender dysphoria.
In Matthew 19:11 and 12, Jesus said to his disciples shortly before his ascension “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER
After Christ was crucified, God made his will be known thru the holy spirit by saving a transgender man. In Acts 8:26-40 Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch the Lord sent Philip, a successful popular preacher of the day, on a very vaguely defined mission on foot to a very dangerous place. It took a lot of faith on the part of this pastor to accept this command.
Eventually, Philip ran (literally) into a Eunuch, who remained unnamed throughout the passages. This man who was only identified as “pious” was found sitting in his carriage on the side of the road reading scripture after attempting unsuccessfully to be baptized in Jerusalem, a conservative city. This eunuch both a foreigner and a black man asked Philip, why not me?
In my opinion, both this Trans man and Philip should be celebrated. This is God’s promise delivered.
I believe this was the original occurrence of what has become universally understood within the transgender community as our road less traveled. Our path is one less taken but one that we share. In this, we commune with each other regardless of faith or as is everyone’s right, a belief that no spiritual being exists.
Its what keeps us together when hate surrounds us, when we see our family slain or die or suffer so unnecessarily during this pandemic… The Holy Spirit brings me to reach out to those who attack us.
The Holy Spirit brings humankind together in both joy and sorrow, all we have to do is to open our eyes hearts and minds.
It is my heartfelt Christian belief that God and Christ Love you my Transgender Family.
So why is my personal faith so strong?
I grew up loving our Episcopal Church, becoming an Acolyte, and eventually joining Trinity MCC in Arlington and a member of LGBT Christian organizations committed to social disobedience.
Following my mother, a very religious woman, into her garden in the morning I would watch in awe as her plants physically turned to her as she walked by. This was her gift to me, as many would have branded her a witch, an outcast, and a foreigner. She let me know by doing this when I returned to our mother earth, if I followed her faith I would know her again.
I can only imagine.