05 Jun How God Made Bruce Jenner

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JUAN SAYS: We have chanced upon this article on the internet entitled: “How God Made Bruce Jenner“ and we found it really exacting of our stand with the LGBT in general. This isn’t even just about accepting or tolerance, but it is about our hearts actually feel about the LGBT community in general. We may have all our personal biases because of what we have learned in religion class, and even what our personal beliefs tell us. But one thing is clear, as Christians, we are asked to follow the example of Jesus Christ. And He is a good of love, understanding and compassion. Never quick to judge.
 
Excerpt from the Article: How God made Bruce Jenner (www.happysonship.com)

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Imagine Jesus chatting with Bruce Jenner. It’s early in the morning and they are alone in the temple. The disciples are sleeping, still recovering from the previous day. But Jesus is up, and a man wants to talk to him about feeling like a woman.
 
(His words are based on his interview with Diane Sawyer.)
 
“I’ve always been very confused with my gender identity.” says Jenner, 65, tearing up. And he tries to explain it, “God’s looking down, making little Bruce … he says ‘Okay, what are gonna do with this one. Make him a smart kid, very determined … and then when he’s just finishing he says, ‘Let’s wait a second.’ “God looks down and chuckles a little bit and says, ‘Hey, let’s give him the soul of a female.’”
 
Bruce is guessing, but Jesus knows.
 
Really knows.
 
You see, Jesus was actually there when Bruce was created. He perfectly knows The Father’s plans and intentions for this man. He was the word that formed Bruce perfectly in his mother’s womb.
 
So Jesus looks at Bruce and loves him.
 
He loved Peter the hothead. He loved Nathaniel the racist. He loved Thomas the doubter. He even loved Judas the traitor. For sure he will love Bruce the transgender.
 
He also called out Peter when he was contradicting God’s will. He corrected James and John for being judgmental. He prophesied about Judas’ sin. For sure he would talk to Bruce about his sexuality.
 
But imagine that while they’re still talking, a mob of holy men arrive. They know that Jesus is a Friend of Sinners… “but come on! Not this kind of sinner!”
 
They ask each other, “What is Jesus doing with this “guy”… alone in the temple?”
 
The one Pharisee says, “It’s like that time he spoke to the fornicator lady near the well in Samaria.”
 
An older Rabbi remembers, “And like that evening when the whore washed his feet with her hair.”
 
The newer Sadducee adds, “Or the time the tax collector became his disciple.”
 
The other Pharisee reminds them, “Guys, it’s like the other million times we have seen him with the ugly and the dirty and the sinful.”
 
And the chief priest replies, “He’s just one of them, you know, a glutton and a drunkard… but he’s pretending to be one of us, a teacher and a Rabbi.”
 
These religious leaders (who know the Bible very well) remind Jesus that Bruce was caught in the act of sexual immorality (which for Bruce is becoming Caityln). They ask the Lord if he remembers the Law of Moses. Specifically the verses that talk against men sleeping with men and the reasons for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, “And this guy wants to be a woman?!? Well, let’s stone him like one!”
 
Gracefully, Jesus bends down and writes on the dirt.
 
The newer Sadducee adds shamefully, “Oh God… not this again.”
 
Yes, they all know what’s coming. They have seen it before. John 8 is fresh in their hearts. The woman caught in the act of adultery (Read more on that here) And although they know the story (everyone in their world knows the story) they still judge, still demand, still bring rocks.
 
Nevertheless, Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever, gets up and says, “He who is free of sin, throw the first stone.”
 
One by one, they leave.
 
They go back to the search. To find the worst kind of sin. Another kind of adulterous woman. Another one like Bruce.
 
And for 2,000 years holy men have kept trying to get Jesus to throw a stone.
 
We do. But he never will.

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JUAN SAYS: “He who is free of sin, throw the first stone.” We’ve heard this in school, in church, and even randomly when speaking of the sins of others. We have seen a Jesus who have accepted all kinds of sinners and most of us who label ourselves as Christians would be the first to “say” that Jesus loves everyone. And yet, when something as huge as Bruce transforming himself into Caitlyn blows up the Internet, we instantly throw the updated version of stones called social media. It’s interesting that most people who have thrown the first stones are the ones who swore to love their neighbor at all costs. We have our beliefs but must we be so cruel in letting them known? Would condemning a person whose beliefs go against what we believe in do more good than harm? Will speaking of what’s right and what’s wrong (but in truth, what do we really know?) ultimately change the person into a “good, flawless” human being? And in line with that, what defines a good, flawless human being anyway?
 
The truth is, we all have our hidden sins. They may not be as huge as Caitlyn’s but they’re in there tucked away in our own closets. No sin is greater than the other, all sin is equal so why be quick to spotlight on another’s just because theirs seem to be graver than ours? And why even focus on the sin? Why not love, as the Bible instructs, with no judgment?
 
The issue really isn’t about Caitlyn and whether or not she is acceptable. The real issue is within ourselves, and how far we would go in walking our talk. It is in situations such as this one that the content of our hearts really speak.
 
Go over the edge and do something radical: love people, regardless.

 

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