By Jan Shannon
If you think God, the God who created you, only loves you when you behave ‘right’, your God is shallow.
If the God you worship says he loves the soul but hates the body, your God is shallow.
If your God is more concerned with what goes on in the bedroom than in the heart, your God is very, very shallow.
Think about it. People, God-created people, are made up of body, mind and soul. If God stops loving us when our bodies are not perfect, then God is a hypocrite. Bodies are not perfect, ever. What would perfect look like?
Babies are born every day with what we call birth defects; missing limbs, foreshortened colons, genetic anomalies in 100 different varieties. Are these children imperfect? Is it not just their physical bodies that are affected?
What about the mind? Babies are born with chemical imbalances caused by parental drug use, parental health issues, and sometimes for no known reason. Are these children imperfect?
As for the soul, this is perfect. This is where the true person resides. Does God place the soul in jeopardy based on the actions of the body or the mind?
Transgender people find themselves, their physical body, at odds with their mind. Their mind says they are one gender but their body displays the other. Some people are born with no determinable gender. Are these people imperfect? Are they not created by God? Is your God so shallow that He would judge their soul based on their body?
Many uneducated, uninformed people say that transgender people are “wrong in the head.” Is the God that created them so shallow that He would judge them based on their mind?
Think about it. God has created all things, and God has declared all things good. This God is NOT shallow. This creative God loves us beyond our body’s predisposition to decay, beyond our mind’s predilection to selfishness, beyond our soul’s ability to understand God.
God loves us unconditionally. This is where we humans get it so terribly wrong. WE want God to love conditionally, and WE want to set up those conditions. We want US on God’s good side and THEM on God’s bad side, because keeping THEM over THERE makes us look oh so much better. Sad.
If your child was born unable to move, speak, or communicate in any way, if they were never able to feed themselves or run and play like other children, would God love them any less? No. God loves them as much as every other person on earth. Then why do some people judge transgender people as wrong or broken or sinful? It makes no difference to God what gender we are, or how we dress, or how we talk, or where we worship, or if. God just loves us. Deeply.
Jan Shannon is a full-time seminary student at Iliff School of Theology, a wife, mom, granny, and gay Christian.