Psalm 40:14-17 English Standard Version
“Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
“Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, ‘Aha! Aha!’
“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continuously, ‘Great is the Lord!’
“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and deliverer; do not delay O my God!”
I came across this passage randomly this afternoon and I am not surprised that it is extremely relevant to the transgender struggle, the gay struggle, the lesbian struggle, the bisexual struggle– and for that matter the struggle of anyone dealing with threats of violence and oppression because of who they are, who they love, how they worship and pray, or what they believe. If anything, this passage is a direct counter to the threats of anti-LGBT persons who would commit hate crime against us– it is also a direct reply to the threats of terrorism by the likes of some Far-Right radicals, ISIS, and the homegrown terrorists who are simply bigoted, racist, and ignorant.
Have no fear… God is on your side. It may not seem like it on a day-to-day basis and some days it seems like you are doomed to be the victim, but know that ultimately, justice will be done and those who would harm or hurt you will have to answer for what they’ve done and you’re response to violence will also be under scrutiny. Have faith! Know that your moral compass will always point in the right direction if you set your destination on the moral high ground of Jesus’ example.
Remember, if we live by an “eye for an eye”, we all end up blind. Violence begets violence. Stand firm and strong and be confident in yourself and show no fear. Let the hatred others display towards you condemn them and be the very evidence that sentences them and shames them. Always let love and compassion be Exhibit A in your defense.
The world is becoming more and more aware of the violence against the transgender community and LGBT community-at-large. If you are reading this and have been a victim of violence or hatred, let your voice be heard and share your experiences! The more the world knows about these acts of violence and hatred, the more we can appeal to our advocates and the more you can inspire others to step up from being victims and take on the role of activist against hate crime.