11 October 2020: Coming Out Day

Layperson Lecture #14

To quote Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 1, “There is a time for every purpose under heaven.” So now it’s time for a Layperson Lecture! I’m Constance McEntee, seminary drop-out and the Idiot Before G0D.

A note for those who might be using screen readers: all links will open in a new browser tab. Or, if I coded this properly, they should open in new browser tabs.

Before we get started, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that I am the descendant of European settlers and currently live on colonized Ohlone, specifically Chochenyo, land.

I’m ignoring the scripture selections for Sunday, 11 October 2020. But the curious can find them at LectionaryPage.net.

So, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I’m trying to get back into the habit. Today seems like a good day to restart, as today is National Coming Out Day. And if any of you don’t already know, I’m transgender, polyamorous, and as queer as a three-dollar bill.

Many Christians will use the phrase, “Brothers and Sisters in Christ,” when addressing folks. Some might invert it and say, “Sister and Brothers in Christ.” Others, in an attempt to be gender-inclusive will say, “Siblings in Christ.” This last one is pretty darn good, as it could be seen as putting Galatians 3:28 (“In Christ there is no Jew or Greek, slave or citizen, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus. [The Inclusive Bible: the First Egalitarian Translation]) into practice. For my part, I prefer the phrase, “Keepers of the Faith.” To me, it’s not only gender inclusive, but also reinforces the idea that the laity has an important role in preserving the religion beyond worship. I really like the idea of the priesthood of all believers.

We who are transgender Christians frequently get asked, “If G0D doesn’t make mistakes, how can you be transgender?”

My answer has always been, “G0D doesn’t make mistakes. That’s why G0D made me transgender.”

I offer this BENEDICTION: G0D is love. Love, therefore, cannot be sin. Embrace your loves (no pun intended) and stand with those who are Eunuchs for the Kindom of G0D. Be holy and wonderful with the blessings of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love Overflowing. 

Amen, and go with G0D.

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