Y’all know I like to speak up on some of the more controversial issues that come up in the news. So after seeing the Bruce Jenner interview on Friday night, I had a feeling that some of my fellow Christians would lash out about it. And, if you know me well enough, you know I have an opinion on everything.
Truthfully, I don’t really know how I feel about it. I was thinking that same thought the whole way through the interview. It’s a concept that seems so foreign to me. I’ve never felt that I should be a man, so I don’t fully understand those feelings and emotions tied to the whole ‘transgender issue’ if you will. If I’m being honest, it’s a little weird.
But, I do know that there are people committing suicide because of others not accepting them as being different.
And that, my friends, tells me this is a real thing. If you can think through your life and say “f*ck it, I’m never going to be accepted by anyone because of WHO I AM” and then decide to end your life based on it? That’s a BIG decision. Those are BIG thoughts. And that’s a BIG problem when people feel that it’s better if they take their own, precious life based on what others think of them.
I don’t know how transgender people feel. I don’t know how gay people feel. But I can honestly say, I have been there when it comes to suicide. Obviously, it’s not an option I chose. But as a teenager, I was kind of out of the loop. I had few friends, most of which betrayed me at some point. There were many events that happened, especially in my junior and senior years of high school, that it was a thought that had crossed my mind, more than once.
I was different. Teenagers are cruel. I thought no one cared about me and it wouldn’t matter if I was gone.
Thankfully, at the time, suicide wasn’t as much of a ‘thing’ as it is now. This June, I’ve been out of high school 10 years, and I have often reflected on those troubling times. They have shaped who I am today, they have built my thoughts and emotions regarding people who are ‘different’ than me.
With that being said, do I agree with the whole transgender ‘thing’? I still don’t know. Do I think it’s a real thing? Possibly.
I have some knowledge of genetic disorders. Long story short, our daughter was born being a carrier of a weird genetic thing that caused her to have prolonged jaundice as a newborn. (If you’re into medical stuff, google Gilbert’s syndrome). It was hard for awhile. Now, at almost 2 years old, we’ve had no other problems with it, but she was legitimately genetically tested, and we found out she had this.
So I get the genetic crap. Also, with a medical background, I understand that sometimes things get mixed up, for no reason other than…. they get mixed up. Why would my daughter have gotten the thing she got? No idea. Just happened when certain genes crossed. And when she was created, it was decided for her that she had this weird thing. It’s no different than being genetically predisposed to breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease. You name it. Genetics is a ‘thing’, because it really is a ‘thing’.
Again, with my medical background, I’ve seen some things that… just aren’t right. I can’t go into details, because of HIPPA. But there are weird things that I’ve seen, and KNOW to be true. Because I’ve seen the lab tests and genetic testing and consults and all that medical stuff.
Where I’m going with this is that I can see how it would be a possibility that something could be mixed up with DNA when a baby is created, that they could be born with one gender’s genitalia, and just never get the right hormones with it. Don’t judge, don’t shut me out, until you’ve taken a college-level Anatomy and Physiology class. There are a lot of other organs involved in hormone production. Your ‘pee-pee’ or ‘va-jay-jay’ aren’t the end-all deciding factors in what hormones are released when you go through puberty. I’m not labeling anything in the Bible as false, but you can’t argue with science.
I don’t think God makes mistakes. And really, I don’t understand why he would’ve created these weird genetic things, other than to keep us entertained trying to figure them out.
With that being said, yes, I identify myself as a Christian. Yes, I am aware that certain things are referenced in the Bible that could be taken as this being a ‘wrong thing’. But is it for me to decide what Bruce Jenner’s fate is? I don’t recall the Bible instructing me to decide that he is a ‘bad person’. Do I think he’s a little nuts-o? Well, ‘thou shalt not judge’. But, yea. I can’t lie. I think the Kardashian family in general is a little weird, a little attention seeking. But hey, what they’re doing isn’t affecting me. So each to their own, whatever floats your boat.
Do I think it’s right that people are shunning him? No. Do I think it’s right that this is such a big news thing right now? No. But do I think I should be forming an opinion either way? I’d say ‘no’ to that, too. As in the past, I will go back to the fact that I wasn’t raised reading the Bible, so I don’t know all of the intricate verses and stories. I’m still learning. But, I know the basics. And I know I should ‘love my neighbor’. And that, dear friends, is what I will continue to do. Even if they’re ‘different’ than me. Because, really? I’m ‘different’ than them too, yet they still accept me.