“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
In light of all the bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia and transphobia going around, it is comforting to know that someone still wishes to take us in his arms and welcome us and relieve us of our burdens and fears and give us spiritual, physical, and emotional rest. Of course I am talking about Jesus Christ.
Jesus, from his experience, has come from a place of eternal peace to grant us peace that is eternal, unwavering, and guaranteed and from the divine. It is a peace that comes with no strings attached but belief in him as savior. He is telling us that he has experienced our pains and knows our troubles and fears– he know what is in our hearts that burdens us– and is offering to take on those burdens. In exchange, he offers us peace and tranquility.
In light of current events, when it seems like the transgender community especially is the new target of the Far Right or Conservatives and Republican Party now that same-sex marriage has been legalized across the United States and in many other countries, it is becoming more important than ever to be compassionate towards our transgender friends and to look out for each other. It is also more important for us to raise awareness of transgender issues and to not answer violence and hate with more violence and hate. The best way to deal with hatred and discrimination is with education and compassion. We need to educate folks about the struggles faced by the transgender community and we need to let everyone know that all God’s creations are entitled to life, liberty, and the right to their identity.
As a side note…
I can’t help but also link this scripture passage to the bigotry and hatred exhibited by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. He is scapegoating and sending messages of hatred and intolerance towards immigrants, refugees, and Muslims. Jesus would not tolerate such lack of compassion and empathy. Jesus would be far more welcoming and compassionate towards those fleeing war, oppression, violence, and brutal civil war. Jesus would not discriminate between his followers and non-followers. By his own example he had healed Jews as well as Gentiles and Samarians and so on.
Jesus did not show hatred to those in need of shelter, food, comfort, healing, clothing, or peace. It’s confusing for me to hear these so-called Christians and the Far right Republicans who claim to be Christian to basically promote positions and policies that clearly do not reflect the values of Christianity. They seem to be Christian in name only rather than by Christ-like action. They seem to lack the fundamentals of Christian ideology and theology– they lack the capacity to love they neighbor or to love thy enemy… or to give to those in need if they are able and it is within their means.
I may come off as sounding judgmental, but this is a major issue that is affecting society when people can turn others away from assistance and much needed aid solely on the basis of their skin color or religion or national origins or some other superficial criteria.
The attitudes of many who would support someone like Donald Trump are shameful and embarrassing for a nation that once prided itself in opening its arms to those “tired, poor, hungry, and those yearning to be free.” The U.S. was once a bastion for civil and human rights and used to be regarded as the land of opportunity and the world’s melting pot. Now it seems there are many who seek to turn this country into a “Members Only” club, forgetting this country’s immigrant and refugee heritage and history.
Something needs to be done and hopefully that something involves a high number of voters showing up to the polling places come Election Day 2016.