When I was a child back in the 1960s transgenderism was almost unheard of in the public eye. That’s not to say that it wasn’t as prevalent as it is today but it simply wasn’t as out in the open as now.
Most trans men and women were pretty much in the closet. Of course, there were those brave souls that came out and existed in venues such as sideshows, freak clubs, and whore houses.
The prejudice surrounding trans women especially was huge and made life for these poor women not only lonely but downright dangerous. The strain of walking in both worlds was stressful and suicide was common.
Today being transgendered seems to be widely accepted in the secular community. Although there is still a lot of controversy surrounding it more and more trans men and women are coming out.
We are now understanding that male and female isn’t as black and white as once believed. There are, however some people who still don’t get it and some of you may even be saying to your self Trans What?
What Is a Transgendered person
A truly transgendered person is a man or woman who was born in a body that is the opposite gender to that which they identify. A trans woman was born in a man’s body but believes in her heart she is a woman. The opposite is true of a trans man.
There are different types of trans. A transvestite is a man or woman who identifies as what they are but dresses as the opposite gender for sexual stimulation. This type of person is not truly transgendered but is attracted to the taboo aspect of a man dressing as a woman etc.
Many people believe the transgendered are homosexual. While this is sometimes true it’s simply not what makes a transgendered person transgendered. As a matter of fact, Sexuality has nothing to do with being transgendered. It’s really all about Identity.
Is Transgenderism a New Thing
The transgendered have been around since the dawn of time. Ancient civilizations on every continent have a record of transgenderism. Sumerian texts from 4000 plus years ago tell of transgender priests and prostitutes. There is evidence that these gender roles even go back to prehistoric times.
Is Transgenderism a sin?
If being trans was about being homosexual we would have to say yes, but since we’ve already established that it’s not about sex it is not automatically a sin, but as with everything else in human existence it could be.
If a transgendered individual was called by God to remain their natural gender and they chose it over him then it would become Idolatry, However, I can’t find any evidence in the bible that God himself is concerned with what we do to the body. He is much more concerned about the condition of our heart and our actions.
Jesus said if your right eye or hand causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away because it’s better to lose a part of your body than to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29-30.
In another place, Jesus said, “For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Matthew 19:12
The apostle Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
If we consider his word it’s evident that God isn’t concerned with what we do to our body as long as we take care of it and don’t use it to sin.
Can Someone be Transgendered and be a Christian?
Absolutely! A trans person is just as valuable as anyone else. God is not a respecter of men. Again Paul said, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 Jesus said, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
What is the Cost?
Here’s the hard part for some. If you have or wish to change your gender you by necessity become a eunuch. Sex is just too confusing and in my opinion, once you are trans sex with either male or female is wrong.
For example, if you are male to female because you were once male having sex with a man is still homosexuality. Because you are now living as a woman having sex with a woman is also homosexuality. Sex with either becomes wrong. If they know and have sex with you then you have now caused them to sin even if they marry you.
Giving up sex altogether is difficult, but if you wish to be righteous before the Lord it’s the price you must pay. So the question is what do you want more. The Lord will accept your decision provided it does not interfere with his plan for your life.
How Do You Know If God is Okay With Your Change?
The answer to that is simple. Worship him, study the Word, and pray to ask the Holy Spirit for direction. If the spirit is with you then your all good. If not you must consider that God may be saying no.
Be aware that to some he will say yes and to some if not most he might say no. As with all things test the Spirit. If he is with you then ask, seek and knock daily. If God is with you, you will know. Then all that’s left to do is walk by faith, as always.
What are the Dangers
The world is still full of people who might hurt you if you are in a really conservative area. There are those who are violently opposed to the transgender community. The fact that we have been gathered together with the LBGTQ has not helped our cause at all.
It will be difficult if not almost impossible to find a Bible-believing, spirit-filled church that will accept you. You will find that they fear your presence and their acceptance of you will quench the spirit. They also fear division in their ranks.
These are very real and valid concerns. You must be sensitive and understanding. It will be tempting to give up on church but this will leave you alone and open to attacks by the enemy. Alone a transgendered man or woman is vulnerable, but pray that God will lead you and do what only he can do. Remember “with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Yes, It is possible to be transgendered and to be right with God. Choosing this path, however, is long, difficult and sometimes hurtful. You must be in contact with the Father daily in worship, prayer, and study of the word. You must guard your heart. Remember, if you become a trans daughter or son of the Lord you must be a servant. You must work with all your heart and might to stay close to Him.
When your brothers and sisters in Christ hurt you and reject you, and they will, you must forgive and forgive and then forgive again. You must love and love and love some more. This is what Jesus did. He also commanded us to do the same. If you do these things you are truly a servant of the most high and all things are possible.
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