I think that transgenderism should have never existed just like any other deformation. Transgenderism is a deformation of the mind. For someone to look like a gender scientifically and yet recognize themselves as the opposite, that alone is a deformation of the mind. You would ask, “why should a coroner struggle to determine if the body before him is a male or a female?”, “Why should a cop struggle in recognizing a victim or perpetrator as male or female?”, “Why should a doctor helping with delivering a baby struggle to acknowledge the sex of the newborn as male or female?” Why should anyone ever be pressured to go through procedures to prove themselves as the opposite sex rather than what their birth certificate says?
The challenge of transgenderism is a challenge like every other other challenges known to mankind: “what can I do to become acceptable or more acceptable?” And the answer is simply that God loves us regardless of our condition. Only such conclusion can satisfy the soul of anyone who considers themselves a transgender or not.
We call it a product of sin. And it sure is a product of sin. Yet, what is most important is to hear and know what God has done with our sins. He has forgiven them. Not some, not the ones we know of, but all of them. As Paul had reminded the Corinthians, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:19). What we need to hear and always remember is that God loves us despite of our sins, despite of our weaknesses, despite of our deformations. The world with time has to become more sinful blatantly day after day so that the world has no leverage whatsoever to prove itself righteous to God.
The only righteousness that exists is not that of a man who tried his best to repent of his sins, but the righteousness of God which is imputed as a gift toward mankind because of God’s mercy. As Paul had shared with the Christians at Rome, “For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” (Romans 11:32). At the end of the day, what’s my take on transgenders? Love them with the love of God, for Christ had said, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45). We’re all in the same boat alike, the Mercy boat, the Love boat of God as Christ Jesus had informed us over and over again.
We often find ourselves focusing on sins, and primarily sins of others. My focus is on Christ, because the gospel says what God has done with our sins through Christ. The gospel doesn’t glorify sins. The gospel glorify the mercy and love of God through Christ.
Some will argue about the “Unpardonable Sin”, which is a topic highly misunderstood and it’s outside of the gospel, the message of our reconciliation to God by God in Christ. Grace doesn’t teach us the Unpardonable Sin. Grace teaches us the gospel.
If you were to think of what that unpardonable sin should be and tell one man to not do it, he’ll try to not do it when he’s happy and try do it when he’s upset.
Unpardonable sin is Sin itself, the spirit of sin. Sin, the spirit, cannot be forgiven for all it knows to do is evil since its inception. Sin cannot be forgiven. Sin will always deny the presence of the Holy Spirit because Sin goes by no truth since the devil is its master. When Peter suggested to Christ not die, Christ rebuked the master of Sin who is Satan. Christ didn’t rebuke Peter.
Yet Christ became “Sin” and died on the cross and thus delivered death to Sin which is what Sin always long for. Unpardonable Sin is not an act of mankind, but the very spirit of Sin itself. When mankind acts in accordance to Sin, they commit sins, products of Sin. So Sin, the “person or spirit”, cannot be forgiven. Only mankind was forgiven by God in Christ. Not the angels, not the devil, not Sin, not Death, but only mankind. As John retold the gospel, ” He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
Sometimes, as we look at the sins of others and are tempted to condemn them, we act as if they need to save themselves contrary to how we were saved which is by the mercy of God. It’s like being rescued by a lifeguard and now we’re telling those who are drowning or have drowned to do their best to swim out.
Yet, the perfect picture of our salvation is rendered in the following words, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7). As you can see, it didn’t say that “but we woke up and stopped sinning”, instead it says “but when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy”. These words are the very words that put me to rest.
Religion had always told me that I had to measure up to God’s standards to be saved. But the gospel says that “I’m saved by God’s mercy and Love.” And this “saving” comes about the simple knowledge that God has always loved me from eternity to eternity, for he cared for me even when I hadn’t even heard about Him, and he will care for me through my pains and death into His eternity.
Rejoice in the love of God for you demonstrated at the highest level by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for you and for me, and for the entire world.
Rejoice in the love of God.