“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28, New International Version
Essentially this verse says that our sex and gender doesn’t matter to our salvation.
But there are many in the Church who would tell us that we are wrong to modify our bodies, wrong to identify as the “opposite” gender.
Their usual argument is that God made us, and that God “doesn’t make mistakes”. (Their language is usually fancier). So God would not have put us in the wrong body or wrong gender. They do not consider that God did make us… transgender. I’m convinced that my faith journey and my journey across gender lines are tightly coupled, by Design. “Design” with an uppercase “D”.
Yes, gendered humanity was made in God’s image. But God’s image was not just reflected in Adam, it was reflected in Eve as well. God is bigger than human gender, so God is big enough to embrace and reflect back my gender experience. While steeped in sin, I too was made in God’s image.
The verse is not zero-sum; it does not admit only males and only females to salvation. (Never mind that it also doesn’t define “male” and “female”). It simply ignores gender. God sees so much more in us.
God sees so much more in us!