Updated: Original video that this post was initially about has been added below.
Andy Mineo has detailed a pretty wild experience on his Instagram Story which as of post time is still up. I will do my best to retell it and share the point he was trying to make by sharing it in the first place.
Lecrae was in NYC making promo rounds for his new album All Things Work Together, and during some down time he and Andy decided to take a walk to the Bronx. Upon reaching the bridge that would take them to the Bronx, as Andy put it, the Bronx came to them. From a distance they saw a woman with her breasts exposed crossing the street in their direction. They then heard a loud thud before she emerged from behind a pillar with blood now gushing down her face. Before long they realized this woman was suicidal and was now making her way towards the edge of the bridge in order to kill herself. It was at this point that they also realized she was transgender.
What @AndyMineo and I just experienced in the Bronx tonight will forever impact my life. Next interview we do we got A STORY to tell.
— Lecrae (@lecrae) August 31, 2017
We just wrestled someone from jumping off a bridge. Yo I'm tripping!!
— Lecrae (@lecrae) August 31, 2017
She was screaming that she just wanted to “go home,” that she just wanted to “be with Jesus,” and that she didn’t want to live anymore. Lecrae and Andy literally had to attempt to wrestle her from the edge of the bridge at the same time that they were trying to explain to her that this is not what Christ would want, and that she has value to Him here on this earth now. The cops were called at which point a handful of them stepped in to take control of the struggle, and try to wrestle her to the ground as she still frantically attempts to resist.
Andy then goes on to explain how another cop with zero context of what is going on, then ran into the situation yelling at her without realizing she was suicidal. In other words, all he saw was the resistance without knowing why, and he met that resistance with his own anger instead of compassion.
Did Andy share this story in order to look like a hero? No. And that is where my words won’t do it the same justice as him telling it.
What you might not know is that Andy was recently asked to read an advance copy of a book and write a quick review that wold appear in the front alongside others. That book is entitled Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity by Greg Coles. The description begins with,
“In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story”
Andy shared this experience to make a great point about something he was already attempting to address, that transgenders along with the entire LGBTQ community are made in the image of God, and deserve the same grace and acceptance the rest of us have experienced through Christ. Instead of trying to judge the situation from a superficial level, he is genuinely trying to understand a struggle he has never experienced himself. Although I have yet to read it, this book was obviously written to give us the perspective of someone actually struggling with it. We’re all sinners, and Greg Coles is being honest and transparent enough to open up about a struggle many of us judge without attempting to understand. Similar to that police officer’s reaction when he didn’t understand what was actually going on. As Andy stated, this person showed a genuine love for Christ at the same time she was showing a genuine struggle of confusion with her body.
May God bless both Andy and Lecrae for stepping in and showing the love of Christ in this situation. You can purchase the book on Amazon while I have also included the entire description below.
In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story. Let’s make a deal, you and me. Let’s make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I’ll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I’ll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I’ve whispered a thousand times since: “I’m gay.” I’ll show you the world through my eyes. I’ll tell you what it’s like to belong nowhere. To know that much of my Christian family will forever consider me unnatural, dangerous, because of something that feels as involuntary as my eye color. And to know that much of the LGBTQ community that shares my experience as a sexual minority will disagree with the way I’ve chosen to interpret the call of Jesus, believing I’ve bought into a tragic, archaic ritual of self-hatred. But I promise my story won’t all be sadness and loneliness and struggle. I’ll tell you good things too, hopeful things, funny things, like the time I accidentally came out to my best friend during his bachelor party. I’ll tell you what it felt like the first time someone looked me in the eyes and said, “You are not a mistake.” I’ll tell you that joy and sorrow are not opposites, that my life has never been more beautiful than when it was most brokenhearted. If you’ll listen, I promise I’ll tell you everything, and you can decide for yourself what you want to believe about me.