The eunuch and the transgender woman

John 15 1, 7-8: (Jesus said): I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.7. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

I spent this last Sunday, Mother’s Day, accompanying my mom to her home church, Trinity Lutheran north of Seattle. Trinity is a large suburban church with an active and growing congregation. I’ve been an absentee worshiper from my own church home of late and it was nice to go back and hear the traditional Lutheran liturgy and music of old, preached and sung by a large and enthusiastic congregation. Plus, sons, (and I’m assuming most of us are men by birth, and not excluding any of our F to M readers,)  and daughters, if there is one thing that will make your mother happy, even more than a phone call, a vase of flowers, or a dinner on Mother’s Day, go with her to her church. You get to be shown off to all her friends and it will make her day. And if you missed Mother’s Day, then just go on any Sunday of the year; for sitting next to her in church will do more for her than any tangible gift you might think to give her. If you are fortunate to have both a mother and a church that is accepting of your lifestyle choice, then by all means, go as your true self. I myself am still working on both of those parts of my life, but I live in hope that someday her other “daughter” will be able to attend with her as well.

Beyond the event itself and the strength and renewal for my own journey, there were some wonderful words in the chosen lessons of the day. Starting with the reading from Acts, in which Phillip is instructed by the angel to minister to the Ethiopian eunuch. I made the connection, and wondered where the eunuch might fit in the judgment of those who oppose same sex marriage on the grounds that it is not part of God’s plan. Or who would look askance at a cross-dresser and consider she (or he for our FTM audience) as one who is living in opposition to the way God made us, and heaven help those who would undo the physical manifestation we were given, even when it is so clear that our soul resides squarely in the mental framework of a different sexual proclivity. I must also caution at this point, that nothing in the Scriptures should necessarily be read with the idea that this validates who I am. That occurs of course, if one reads with an open mind and the Spirit’s guidance, but ultimately, the focus has to be on what God has done. I may have more to say on the lessons I took from the story of the eunuch at a later date, but what struck me most yesterday was the hunger this person felt for the word of God, and how God through Phillip was able to satisfy that hunger. The eunuch, filled at once with the Spirit asked Phillip to baptize him on the spot. The story of this encounter ends with the eunuch , “…on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8 v 39) There was no requirement from Phillip, and thus we must believe, from God, that the eunuch had to be made whole, to declare himself man or woman, but simply that he hungered for God’s word, and left filled.

This is a huge interpretation and admittedly personal reading of this passage I will admit; the real point in all Scriptural reading is to see God’s action, not our own. Yet two points I feel are important in this reading, and I believe serve as a reminder to us all that Christ came not to save just a few, but to save the world. That is the primary lesson reinforced once again in this story from Acts. Secondarily but so closely related to Christ’s redeeming sacrifice is that the same rules apply. God can act through any vessel He chooses, it is not up to one’s readiness or perfection. All it takes is a hungry heart and a willingness to hear.

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  1. LeeLee 10 years ago

    Having just read this and Vanessa’s thoughts based on what she was told by a pastor 6 years ago, I must respond that I am so happy to see others who have confronted the conflicting views of a narrow interpretation of the Bible – views that condemn rather than love – and who chose to remain faithful to the church. It is so easy to walk away from the church whose members hold views we know in our hearts are not within God’s mind and heart. That however is no different than those who would “cast out” God’s children who don’t conform to their view of God’s mind. We can’t know God’s mind and we can’t fully separate the teachings in the Bible that are of God and those that are of man. What we do know and what appears over and over in scripture is that God is Love!! How can we condemn those who live in God’s love?

  2. Birdie0111 8 years ago

    hi, I am also transgendered, please close your eyes and fill your heart with love and an open heart and read Mathew 19 very slowly and ask your self about Creation of man kind. 1. “Made them male and female”. Did Jesus or God mean two people or one person? Adam was a hermaphrodite…. 2. when he leaves his parents, he shall cleave to his wife and twine and shall become one flesh”. Hermaphrodite…. 3.”Not all can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given”. You are who you are and don’t let anyone till you different, because you are able to receive this gift to love anyone male or female. 4. eunechs
    “Save they to whom it is given to”.

    Sex- Pro-Creation. Pro- is for…. Creation is for birth, development, make, create etc…. on earth! Do angles and the heavenly bodies pro create? I really don’t think so.

    O: ) birdie

  3. Wanda 8 years ago

    Hi Vanessa, I am a Baptist that is also a cross dresser. Because of my faith I struggled with cross dressing in the pst. After years of praying about it, I have come to the conclusion that this is where God wants me to be. I have a great life, my wife accepts me for who I am. To be honest with you I don’t think I would change my life for anything. I love the person I am when dressing up.

    • Vanessa Law 8 years ago

      Wonderful to hear Wanda dear! What a beautiful place to be!

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