Jun 02, 2016 by Will Maule

This Pastor's Viral LGBT Post Has Taught Him A lot About Trans Suffering

Pastor Mark Wingfield recently penned a viral article entitled 'Seven things I'm learning about transgender persons.' Since then, it has been read by more than 1 million people. Many readers have reached out to Mark to express their gratitude for his bold voice amongst a debate filled with confusion, ignorance and judgmentalism.

"One transgender woman wrote to tell me her story and signed off with these words: 'Sincerely, a woman who hopes that God still loves her,'" writes Wingfield. He has experienced many people who have been desperately hurt by the Church, and even expelled from the congregation for being transgender. 

"One of the most heartbreaking messages I received was from a single mom with four kids, including one who is transgender. This entire family recently was kicked out of their church," writes Wingfield. "The mom — who had been accused of child abuse by her pastor for letting her boy dress as a girl — wrote me to ask for help in finding another church in her city where they would be accepted."

But Wingfield is encouraged by some of the stories that he has heard from new transgender friends. "One of my new transgender friends told me about attending a church in a very conservative Texas college town and hearing for the first time that God loves him specifically. In this church, the pastor made a point to say not just that God loves everyone but that God loves you, whether you’re young or old, male or female, gay or straight, Republican or Democrat, Aggie or Longhorn," he writes. 

God loves everyone, and let us remember that as we move forward, urges Wingfield. As a pastor, I’m pretty sure of this one thing: The story of Jesus is much more about who’s included rather than who is excluded. “For God so loved the world” includes everyone.

Read the full article here.

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