I would appreciate a “reading list” of books, articles, journals and blogs that you think may be helpful in my learning more about the gender continuum. As an academic I am very disturbed by several things that I have read about: violence against non-conforming individuals who have rejected the binary ideas about gender ( Most particularly this seems to related to transgender women who may or may not be involved as sex workers). I am, as a Christian and a retired hospital chaplain, concerned about the intolerance within many dominations of Christian churches. It is my strongly held belief that God did not create “through-away” people and that ALL OF US ARE CREATED IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS. I also believe that God ultimately, only requires (2) two things of us:
1. that we love Him/Her unconditionally
2. that we love others unconditionally ( or in more traditional language as we would love others as ourselves.
When I use Him/Her I realize that may be somewhat confusing to some particularly when we are told at death we will be the “bride of Christ”. It is important to realize that what God knows is much greater than we know in spite of the arrogance that we may bring to our understanding of God, the Bible or other common beliefs.
Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide in my quest to understand how to make Christianity much more inclusive than it often seems or is.
First of all, I am very happy when I hear from people of faith who are allies of the LGBTQ+ community. I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic school, and attended church every Sunday for years and years. The underlying message that I learned from Christ was that we are loved and that whatever we do to the least of his people we do undo Him. The Gospel of Matthew is pretty clear when it was written “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”.
It’s pretty straight-forward which is why I am always surprised and disappointed when someone who calls themselves a follower of Christ is a bigot. To see people who call themselves Christians carrying signs that read “God hates______________” is not only hurtful but its wrong. As you said we are created in His image and Jesus’ whole thing was that we should love one another. He doesn’t hate anyone.
I’ll be honest, I am not aware of any books and websites that may be helpful in this regard, but this is where I am especially grateful for our community.
Anyone out there familiar with anything that could help? Please comment below.
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