I am no stranger to controversy. I hosted a morning show on rock radio stations for 20+ years and was actually disappointed if we didn’t have a steady stream of complaint calls and letters coming in.
This is different. It’s not a comedy bit. I’m serious here and I would guess I might stir a few people up – sometimes just the mention of God or religion is enough to get some people going, but I am sincere in asking for answers here and I’m going to ask some hard and direct questions.
No particular event spurred this post but it has been brewing for a long time. Transgender people are often rejected by their churches, protested against at their jobs (sometimes losing them) by religious groups and even turned against by family members on religious grounds.
100% of the references I am making here are of Christian denominations although other religions may also have it in for us.
One of the things that makes sorting through this difficult is that not ALL Christians are against us –just some. Not all Christian churches reject us…just some. So I ask those of you who follow Christ: “Why the schism?”
I’m no biblical scholar but I have read a pretty good chunk of the bible and I can’t seem to find indications of anything attributed to Jesus that condemns Transgender people. Quite the contrary actually – he consistently stood by the most marginalized of society. Some might make a case for Transgender people being among the “Lepers” of today. Jesus was also noted for asking his followers not to judge – to love one another as I have loved you and to forgive.
If these qualities are being taught in church and Christ is embraced by those who follow Him, then why aren’t these practices more widespread in everyday life? Why the hypocrisy? (From some)
There seems to be a lot in the Old Testament that is often quoted by those who I refer to as religious extremists that condemns Homosexuals (It even says they “Shall be killed” – Christians: Anyone agree with that?) There are many rather extreme and arcane laws in the Old Testament. Often they are used to hurt us.
I’m asking Christians: Where you Y’all fall on the Old Testament?
Is it the revealed word of God? Must you obey? Or is it outdated? If so, are any among you standing up and saying it’s time to put the Old Testament away as a relic and piece of ancient history that has no place in governing today’s society?
Pretty radical stuff, right?
I’m really not trying to be antagonistic but I want to understand what I see are inconsistencies.
I understand there are many different factions of Christianity, so I will ask if your particular belief permits you to sort through the bible and pick and choose what you believe and practice and to reject other things that don’t fit your life? Or do you have to accept the Bible part and parcel as the revealed word and law of God?
If you get to pick and choose, then the Bible quickly becomes less a History book and more of a Philosophy book (which I’m fine with) but that creates problems if everyone gets to decide what being a Christian is…doesn’t it?
If you accept the Bible in total as the revealed word and law of God, how do you reconcile the mandatory (“Shall be killed”) killing of homosexual people? I believe that is called murder in all 50 states. How about the rules for how to treat your slaves? I’m not trying to be a dick, but that stuff is IN THERE! (I don’t, for a nanosecond endorse this lunacy and fortunately neither do most civilized people, but if it’s OK to ignore this law, who gets to decide which others to ignore that may also be out dated…like Gay Marriage?)
How does a Church that calls itself a Christian Church or bases its teachings on the New Testament come out as opposed to Transgender people being assimilated into mainstream society? To do otherwise is blatant hypocrisy. Are the congregants of these churches afraid to speak out for us? Are they being intimidated? Christ surely wasn’t.
There are so many examples of Transgender people being oppressed by vocal right wing religious bigots that spread hate in a vocal manner while the moderate Christians sit on their hands and don’t condemn this misrepresentation of your religion – why?
Transgender Christians: What is it that keeps you in the flock? I have several (more than 4) Transgender friends – personal friends – that are devout Christians. 2 of them were in leadership roles with their churches and were asked to step aside after they came out as Transgender. They have both left their home Church to find another, more accepting Church.
(So it’s the Church turning their back on them, not their religion – that’s important. Are the Churches wrong?)
2 of these friends are teachers. Both have been harassed by “God Fearing” parents who pulled their children from classrooms. One of these women was suspended from her job after a member of a Pentecostal Church complained to the school.
Christians: (Especially Baptists) When you see members of Westboro Baptist holding signs that read: “God Hates Fags” what is your reaction? Are you silently thinking that those people have the guts to say out loud what you silently think? Or do they not at all represent your interpretation of Christianity? If so, why the silence? I was delighted to see the Westboro protesters run off in Moore, OK recently – but it begs the question: If you are Baptist and think Westboro is a bunch of nutty zealots and Westboro thinks you are not following the word of God – who is right?
My own brother will not speak my name. It is my legal name. It was given to me by my parents but my brother who is in the leadership of a Christian Evangelical Church tells me that for him to use my name (Leslie) it would offend God and that he refuses to do so. This breaks my heart. What say you Christians? Is my brother right?
Catholics – what do you make of the new Pope? Last July, when asked about homosexual priests, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” (This is quite a departure from the Old Testament’s Leviticus 20:13)
Ordinarily, I try not to involve myself in religious discussions, but I’m making an exception here because I am genuinely curious how the average Christian feels about this and also because that book is being used to keep me from finding a job or a spouse and so now I’m involved.
I welcome a spirited discussion. I welcome clergy. At the core of this question is that if you base your belief on the Bible, how do you reconcile yourself with some of the laws in it? I don’t want to hear the familiar cop out either – “Oh, that’s just the Old Testament, that’s Jewish Law” OK, if so, then quit teaching it. Distance your Church from the Old Testament publicly. Quit teaching Noah’s Ark and Adam And Eve in your Sunday School curriculum.
But if you stand in defense of the Old Testament, well, at least you are consistent. Just give me a head’s up before Y’all head into Wal Mart to kill the people working on the Sabbath. (Exodus 35:2)