Today was a big day for my spiritual journey. A journey that began when I was a little kid at United Methodist Church in Wethersfield, when I entered into Sunday school and learned all about David and Goliath, Noah and the Ark, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, and Jonah and the Whale, etc…. Now many years later, I not only see Jesus with more understanding, I am willing to follow Him.
And I do so as a transgender female with First Baptist Church in Willimantic, some 30-odd years after my confirmation as a Christian at the Methodist Church.
It was a beautiful day… cloudless and sunny and maybe a little breezy and chilly in the morning but all in all, not bad at all. After the Baptismal service, there was a awesome picnic and lots of food and celebrating. It is a big commitment to want to follow in the path of a man who truly practiced what He preached… compassion, forgiveness, inclusiveness, love, generosity, kindness, and so on.
If you go through the Book of Acts as I did lately in Bible Study, you’ll want to note the story of Phillip and the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch. It was our featured sermon this Sunday service. It tells the story of a very unorthodox baptism of a eunuch whose only experience with Christ was Phillip’s testimony after helping the Ethiopian understand a scroll written of the prophecies of Isaiah. Traditionally, the Ethiopian would not have been eligible for baptism because of his condition as a eunuch, and as a Gentile, and so on… but the Ethiopian’s faith in Jesus as the Messiah and his insistence that there was no excuse for him not to be baptized won out.
So whether you are male, female, or gender fluid… or Gentile, Jew, gay, straight, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, etc… if your faith and belief in Jesus is strong and comes from a sincere heart, then… there is no excuse and nothing that should keep you from being baptized!