Being a Christian in today’s society is scary in the sense that it feels as if we are considered an outdated and unreachable community to people who submit to traditional values.
I sometimes feel scrutinized or attacked by the hurtful comments many people say about us and it makes me feel as ifI can’t be who I am and it also has me believe that I’m the last person people want to hear ideas and opinions about. It’s quite clear that today the country is divided between the liberals and the conservatives.
As I reflect on my first paragraph and if this is how I feel today as a Christian then it must be the same way or if anything worse that a transgender individual may feel. I’ve learned much about the transgender community today and I now know that they consider me cisgender also meaning a heterosexual female.
Now I’ve said time and time again that I am a Christian but I’m not the average one. If you ask me if I am one I hate to say that I am because of the label but I’ll admit I have the traditional values but the difference with what my standing is that I don’t find a need to bring that up to people unless they ask.
I also feel as if I should empathize with the transgender community. I may not understand what they all may be going through, feel or stand up against but I know that I’m not the judge of whether they can or cannot live a regular life like I do (for the most part, I have my issues too).
Whatever they believe and whatever I believe can live together in harmony with giving each other space and freedom to live a life they way we personally see fit. I don’t want to be persecuted to live life as a Christian although that’s what I feel like right now, but I also don’t want to brings that feeling upon anyone else.
How about we just be nice. Welcome each other into our homes, ask proper questions if needed. Why can’t we be nice?
I can have fun with anyone, I can make anyone feel welcome and loved. I can enjoy great conversation with many people no matter what they look like and want in their lives.
Our jobs as Christians are to reflect Christ in the lives of people and to love people. It’s our only job. Either than that, we can enjoy life doing whatever we please. It’s this understanding that helps me love others and have empathy toward people I may not entirely understand.
The other thing I want to make clear that is a Christian we believe that our walk is the right path. Having the right path doesn’t mean turning down those who go down the wrong path but to at least let them visit the path if they choose to do so.
Turning people away is exactly what Christ preaches against and it’s what causes people to grow hatred toward one another. Some examples of turning down someone are bullying them, asking them to convert, ignoring them, and other nasty ideas. Bullying anyone is generally frowned upon by the public. Let people be!
Converting someone to your personal belief can come off to someone as them not being accepted the way they are. It’s a reminder that someone doesn’t approve of who I really am. Maybe you don’t’ approve some actions that a person does but you can’t completely choose not to love or care about someone just because they do some things that you don’t agree with.
Christians are to have compassion toward everyone. We must practice what we preach and delve into the Bible and practice what Christ portrays in his words. If you don’t have a love for people, no matter who they are, you’re missing the whole point of Christianity. That type of bitter heart isn’t going to change lives or put Christ on the map for anyone.
Just because we don’t agree with something that people do doesn’t make you the judge to choose that they can’t live their lives the way they see fit. You don’t belittle people, or make fun of them. You just love them.
This goes for all people, not just transgender people. I also want to reiterate that this statement of love goes for all people to practice. You may not believe in God or Christ but we can all agree on respecting each other and letting each other live a comfortable life without anyone intruding or hurting you. Whether you’re a Christian, atheist, Hispanic, woman or man- whatever you are, give everyone the benefit of the doubt and the freedom to live happily.
To the Christian, it’s up to God what happens with people. He’s the only one who can read hearts. We’re not called to convert people every chance we get but to love them more than anything.
Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.