A friend of mine with a very talented daughter who rides horses posted a video recently showing an amazing demonstration of a cutting horse.
I didn’t even know what a “cutting horse” was or what it did (as a Texan of 15 years I should probably be ashamed for not knowing what this was.)
For those of you who don’t know, “Cutting” is a competition held in an arena. A herd of cattle is in the arena (probably 40 or 50 in the video I saw) and a rider on a horse casually moves into the herd and carefully maneuvers a single steer or heifer (I’ll just use the word “cow” from here on) away from the heard and for a period of time, the rider controls the horse to prevent the cow from re-entering the herd.
[pullquote]all of a sudden it struck me. Years ago I was once that cow that had been cut from the herd.[/pullquote]
It was evident the cow wanted to be back with the herd. The herd was comfortably together unaware of what was going on behind them while the single cow desperately tried to get past the horse so that it could rejoin the herd, where it wanted to be, it’s source of safety.
The cow would suddenly move to it’s left and with no hesitation the horse moved over to block the cow from the herd. Then the cow would suddenly jump to the its right and the horse likewise got between the cow and the herd. It was obvious the cow desperately wanted to rejoin the others who were just like it.
In order to win the rules were to keep the cow out. Don’t let it rejoin the herd. No matter how badly the cow wants to get past you, DON’T LET IT!
Those are the rules.
When the time expired the rider stopped blocking the cow and it quickly ran back into the head where it so wanted to be – because that is where it found safety.
And all of a sudden it struck me. Years ago I was once that cow that had been cut from the herd.
I was a Christian and was contently living within His church. And suddenly I was I “cut” out, I was segregated from others… all because I was transgender.
Just like the cow when the challenge was complete it was allowed back into the herd, so it had been for me though it took many, many years and in a different city.
But I am fortunate. I am blessed. I now have a church home and though it’s not public knowledge that I’m transgender, many at my church do know and it has not been an issue for the most part.
I see almost daily online how people…Christians just like me aren’t able to go to church. They can’t FIND a church that will welcome them. Will let them in. They are “cut” out – because they are transgender.
[pullquote class =”left”]There are SO many ways to sin, and yet we do it every day[/pullquote]
Their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus doesn’t matter. Their acceptance of every statement of faith the church or denomination may have doesn’t matter.
The fact that they are transgender disqualifies them from being a part of God’s family. It doesn’t matter that they LOVE Jesus. Call Him Lord and Savior. Being transgender is the door to hell. Never mind all that – being transgender disqualifies you from being a part or OUR “Christian” family. Why? Because we live a PERFECT life!
I already know that being transgender is not a sin, that it’s not defying God and being defiant to His will.
But… even if you do think this is so. Are you perfect from willfully sinning? Do you NEVER covet? Are you NEVER envious? As a man does a beautiful woman NEVER turn you on? Do you NEVER drink? Do you NEVER hold a grudge against someone who has hurt you or maybe owes you money and has never repaid you? Have you gossiped about someone?
There are SO many ways to sin, and yet we do it every day. That IS our nature. And yet for some reason when you run across someone who is transgender, someone YOU consider to be living in sin you feel comfortable condemning them and casting them out.
STOP cutting out CHRISTIANS who what to be a part of your fellowship and ENGAGE with them about who they are, about their life in Christ and how they can ADD to your congregation.
I know there are ugly voices out there claiming to speak for those who are transgender (with no mention of Christianity) so don’t assume what you hear or read in the news speaks for the kind, gentle souls who are just looking for a community of believers they can call home.
It’s very lonely being a transgender believer unwelcome within Christ’s own church.
Do you get that? Do you care?
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