Now that I’ve skewered the Pagans, time to move on to the Christians. Don’t think that just because I’m a Christian myself that I’m going to be easy on Christians. Oh no, I’m going to hold them to a high standard as well. Also, I’m not going to simply go with how Christianity should be practiced. Nope, I’m going to use Christianity as it is actually practiced to see where it is lacking. I have found that Gandhi was right, most Christians do not act like Christ, yet they will claim to following in his footsteps. Christians need to wake up and smell the coffee, the more you try to repress others, the more you push people away.
Oh, where to start. How about the whole damn “there are only two sexes” thing? Kind of funny really, there are sects of Judaism that recognize six different sexes and have for over a thousand years. So, come on Christians, get over it already. Another fun one is that God doesn’t make mistakes. Let’s assume that is true, how do you know that God didn’t make the trans person trans? Do you know what God intended for that person? I don’t think so.
Enough of that, let’s get into to how Christians treat those in the LGBTQ community. You want us gone, you want us to deny ourselves, you want us to be what you are. Could you imagine if it were reversed? I doubt these Christians can really put themselves into someone else’s shoes. There are some denominations that do better than others, yet, there is still distrust towards us. Again, it is easy to say this is an issue that only affects those on the fringe. Easy and wrong. A lot does depend on the congregation, even in Affirming ones there can be issues. In others, although the church is officially against LGBTQ rights, there are people who are accepting. There are not many of the latter, unfortunately.
Ritually, there are problems. The Christian God is beyond gender, beyond sex, yet is referred to as Him and Father. Why? Well, tradition. God should be a They, but Christians wouldn’t be comfortable with that, so it’s not even considered. I really think this change would help the transgender community and women. Think about that, God is no longer solely male and their femininity might just be able to be shown. Sadly, we aren’t given much of the feminine side of God. I think that is because it has been mostly men interacting with them and writing about them. The Christian God is as much a mother as a father, we simply are not allowed to see it.
There is also Jesus. Imagine how different Christianity would look if the Messiah were a woman. I think we get glimpses of that with some of the women of the New Testament. Sadly, it is only glimpses as those women were mostly ignored because they were women. Mary Magdalene was as close to an apostle as a woman could get, and I think she was only excluded because she was a woman. It is high time that modern Christians remember something, Christianity only spread the way it did because it was one of the few that gave some sort of freedom to women. The next major religion is going to be the one that is open to all of those who are currently being oppressed.
One thing that the Church is lacking is LGBTQ representation. It is simply not there and something needs to be done about that. I don’t know what, only that if it isn’t, this could become a problem with the growth of the Church.
I realize that no religion is going to be perfect. If they don’t try, they will never become more inclusive, and they all need to work on that. If they don’t work to become more inclusive, then they will fall by the wayside and that would be a sad thing to see because religion can be a source of good in the world.