aacsi asked you:
I am ftm transgender, & I didn’t chose this, It’s something I was born with, probably caused by hormones in the whom. I tried to live in my birth sex, but ended up depressed. I just changed my name, & started living as male, but many christians are telling me that I’m sinning, especially if I change my body. There isn’t anything specific about this in the bible. God doesn’t make mistakes, & dealing with it has made me stronger, but I don’t know what to do, in my heart and brain I am a man.
Jed Brewer replied:
Hey my friend,
Thanks for your note. I’m sorry you’ve got religious people in your life putting guilt on you. As you and I both know, that ain’t helping nothing.
Something that Christian sometimes say (and they should, ‘cause it’s true) is that God loves you and accepts you exactly as you are. In fact, here’s some words from a hymn written hundreds of years ago that says exactly that:
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
The truth, my friend, is that God loves, accepts, and welcomes you right now today, just as you are. And he wants to pardon, cleanse, and unburden you right now today, just as you are. But the struggle I often have – and I’m guessing this may be the same for you – is, am I willing to take a hold of that, just as I am, right now, today?
Jesus said that he would never put a heavy burden on us. That if we were burned out on religion, if we were straight up worn out, we should just come to him, and he’d give us the kind of rest we were looking for. (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV/MSG) But, Jesus is a gentleman, and he’s not gonna force anything on us.
The question I would hand back to you is this: are you willing to let God accept you as you are? God can handle your transgendered status and questions. But can you handle God being able to roll with you on it?
If I read between the lines on your question, what I hear you describing is a sense of needing to figure out where you stand in regards to your gender, and then, once that’s set, you can figure out where you stand with God. What I’d suggest to you is to own the fact that you’re not exactly sure where you stand, and you’re not sure where it’s all headed – in terms of your gender identity – and that you’re gonna start building a relationship with God in the midst of that uncertainty.
It sounds like you’re trying to figure out what God wants from you in this situation, and, I promise, this is what he wants. For you to just be with him, right now, in this moment, in this season of your life.
Yes, a time will come when the two of you will talk about gender identity and what he wants to see happen with that. But that isn’t today. And if you’ll build and cultivate your relationship with your Father today, then it won’t be such a scary thing down the road.
One last thing: I love you. Seriously. I believe in you, and I agree with you when you say that God doesn’t make mistakes. You, my friend, are no mistake. No matter where things land with your gender, you are not a mistake, or a weirdo, or a freak, or anything else. You’re a child of the God of the universe, adored by your Father, and ransomed at the cost of Jesus’ blood. There are great things waiting for you in your life, and I want to see you take a hold of every one of them. The confusion and uncertainty that you face today is not the last word in your life. There are great things to come for you – walk with God, and don’t ever, ever quit.