Good News For Transgender Christians

My name is Sister Abigail Hester.

My pronouns are She/They.

I consider myself to be trans feminine but have gotten to a place that is simply beyond gender and completely non-binary in my gender expression.

If you can understand the paradox of my gender experience then maybe you could consider me an agender woman.

To begin I would like to thank you for caring about this important topic, learning about my story and reading this blog post.

Below will be an image with an important scripture which is a great place for us to stop and meditate for a minute.

1 Samuel 16:7

Please take a minute to meditate on the above scripture and let it resonate with your spirit before moving forward.

What did your meditation reveal to you? Please feel free to share it with us below in the comment section.

It does not matter if you are a teen or an adult but if you are one of the transgender experience then this post is dedicated to you.

If you are trying to understand your experience through the lenses of scripture then stick with me through this somewhat lengthy blog post.

As we can dig deeper spiritually you will know that God loves you just the way you are.

Those who are members of the LGBTQIA community have alarmingly high rates of suicide.

Not long ago River and I met a troubled transgender teen who was contemplating suicide do to both his own and his parents religious beliefs.

As a person of the transgender experience and an Interfaith ChristoPagan Nun I feel that I can assist you with this struggle.

The first thing to consider is that this subject is not directly addressed in the Bible.

As Christians we have been exhorted according to 2 Timothy 2:15 to “rightly divide the word of truth”.

“Scriptures only settle matters on which it speaks plainly.”

Richard Booker

Now I made this point a number of years ago on my radio program and an open and affirming pastor informed me that I may be mistaken. So I do want to mention the Biblical reference that he made.

“But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.”

Matthew 19:11-12

In the above scripture Jesus seems to affirm the LGBTQIA community.

The Berean Challenge

The above being said I challenge you to be a Berean (Acts 17:11).

The Berean Challenge

Do not take my word for it but do the research for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised!

Now those who have tried to use the Bible to prohibit transgender life have gone over 31,102 verses and they have found 1 verse that they think pertains to the transgender individual.

That 1 verse… that single, solitary verse is in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 22:5.

Deuteronomy 22:5

When you look at this Scripture at first it looks like it is fairly cut and dry, straight forward, transgender people are sinners.

It says don’t wear that which pertains to a man.

Don’t wear that which pertains to a woman.

It says that if we do this we are an “abomination”.

Now listen to me my friend: Context is the key!

Do you think that Israel was having such a big issue with transgender people that they had to make a law about it? Probably not.

Could it be that God is talking about something else entirely?

So back to the above scripture.

A woman should not wear that which pertains to a man and a man is not to put on a woman’s garment.

Men, how many times have you left your sandals by the door only to find that your wife wore them out to go get the mail? Is that what Deuteronomy 22:5 is talking about?

What about the color pink? In today’s society pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Does that mean that men can not wear pink dress shirts? Does that mean that women cannot wear blue blouses?

Really, is that what it means?

So now I want to challenge you to look at what Deuteronomy 22 is really talking about.

The issue is about shrine temple prostitution. It is talking about the worship of different gods. The point of the prohibition is to tell Israel not to worship different gods.

Part of the worship of fertility goddesses included men dressing as women and women dressing as men for the worship of a different god.

The point is that Deuteronomy 22:5 is not addressing the topic of transgender Christians . It is addressing the issue of crossdressing for the worship of different gods.

It is not talking about little transgender children. Do you really think that transgender children are concerned at all about the worship of fertility goddesses? Do you think they are concerned with the worship of different gods?

There are a number of shows on television today about transgender children.

You can do a Google search and find a whole list of shows and related websites.

Jazz Jennings was a transgender child at the time of my early transition that really touched my heart.

What is really interesting to me is that those who condemn transgender people pick this one verse out of a bunch of different laws in the same chapter that even the most conservative of Christians do not follow.

Laws about men shaving their beard.

Laws against eating pork.

All sorts of laws that we do not follow today.

Can Clothing Really Defile You?

Jesus said in Mark chapter 7, that there is nothing that can enter a man that can defile him. Its the things that come out of him which defile him. It goes on to say, that He declared all foods to be clean.

So Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, those dietary laws in the Old Testament are not laws that Christians need to follow.

Jesus says that what you eat has no impact on your soul.

My point is this: If what we eat has no impact on our soul then what we put on our outer body logically has no impact on our soul.

I contend that Deuteronomy 22:5 does not apply to a Christian.

Honesty Says Its Not Really A Violation

Another point that could be made here is that transgender people by definition are not violating this Scripture since they would simply be wearing the clothing aligned with their gender to begin with.

God Looks On The Heart

Let’s get back to our earlier scripture meditation.

Could it be that we as Christians are looking at the transgender person and saying you look like a man and therefore you are?

Could it be that we as Christians are looking at a transgender person and saying you look like a woman and therefore you are?

Have we forgotten that the very same God who created the transgender person’s body also created their mind, heart and soul?

Why should the outward manifestation of the body take priority over the soul?

You see the New Testament clearly teaches that the body is important.

The New Testament says that the body is “the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). The Bible says that we are to “glorify God with our bodies” (Romans 12:1).

I teach health classes.

I believe these verses.

We are to honor our bodies but they are clearly inferior to the soul.

Think about it?

When we die the Scripture says we shed our bodies. We go into eternity. We get glorified bodies.

We learn in 1st Timothy that “bodily exercise profits a little” but exercise of the soul makes a huge difference.

Jesus said in Matthew 5 if your hand offends you cut it off.

If your eye offends you pluck it out.

Jesus is clearly using hyperbole here, but the message is clear.

The body is inferior to the soul.

It should not be allowed to get in the way of the development of the soul.

Consider This

Here is something for you to consider…

If your house is on fire and you can only save your money or your spouse, who would you save?

I would save my spouse!

The person then is more important than things.

The point to be made is that the transgender person finds conflict between their body and their soul.

A decision has to be made.

What decision do you make?

You have to save what is more important.

You have to save your soul.

If the transgender person has a conflict with the outward characteristic of their temporal bodies then I believe that a transgender person should be free to resolve this conflict in a manner that is consistent with the part of them that is eternal in a manner that is consistent with their soul.

Now friends that is my ChristoPagan Perspective!

Transgender Bible Characters

Now that I have completed the defensive portion of this blog post, I would like to leave you with some positive theology and images of affirmation in the Bible regarding potentially transgender characters.

Now I am not going to share all of them with you, because I want to challenge you to find some of these characters for yourself.

Okay, well I will give you a hint.

You can take a look at the eunuchs.

You could consider Deborah the Old Testament warrior.

There is a great text in Acts 8 about an Ethiopian Eunuch who happens to be the first baptized Christian.

All that aside, there are some more texts that you may have never considered.

It was Peterson Toscano who happened to be on my radio program a number of years ago, that turned me onto these other text.

Was Joseph Transgender?

In the book of Genesis (37:34) we have the story of Joseph and his brothers.

His father is Jacob.

Jacob gave his son Joseph a garment (a coat of many colors).

What was this garment?

What were some of the reasons that it caused so much trouble?

The Last Supper?

So the disciples ask Jesus where they were going to have the Passover and Jesus says go and find a man in the city who will be carrying a pitcher of water, follow him and he will end up leading them into the upper room (Luke 22:10).

So we have a man carrying water.

This was typically a job for women and little children.

Why was a man carrying water?

In conclusion I would like to invite you to meditate and think on these scriptures.

If this blog post was helpful to you or you think it would help one of your friends please share it with others.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comment section below.

Sister Abigail Hester (Willow)

Published by Sister Abigail Hester (Willow)

As a child I loved everything to do with the outdoors and was even a part of the Boy Scouts. It was the Boy Scouts that taught me the importance of being prepared. As a teenager I lost my father to a brain aneurysm which sparked an even deeper interest in health and wellness. It was around this time that I found myself living with an herbalist and the rest is history. Willow has a Bachelor of Christian Website Design from Saint Luke Evangelical School of Biblical Studies, a Masters of Theology from Saint Luke Evangelical School of Biblical Studies, a Masters of Comparative Religion from Universal Life Church Seminary, a Masters of Metaphysical Healing from Universal Life Church Seminary, a Masters of Shamanism from Universal Life Church Seminary, and a Doctorate of Religious Humanities from the Educational Department of Universal Life Church International Headquarters. Willow has completed both Herbal Medicine: Nourishing Herbal Infusions – Drink Your Way To Health, Seven Rivers of Healing and Energy Healing: Shaman’s Circle: Earth Spirits and Guides courses at Wise Woman University. Willow is a Certified Biblical Health Coach (Biblical Health Institute), Certified Nutritional Consultant (Life Extension Center), Eat God’s Way Consultant (Life Extension Center), Raw Food Chef (Living in Live Food Chef Certification Program) and Herb Specialist (Natural Health School). Willow has been ordained into the ministry by Universal Life Church International HQ (2000). Willow has also been ordained as a Peace Keeper, a Peace Minister (MP) and a Healing Minister through Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine Of Healing INC., Philippines. Willow is an Interfaith ChristoPagan Nun.

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