Public Bathrooms

Published on Jul 30th, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Public Bathrooms

Public Bathrooms

I wonder if our legislators ever imagined they would be spending so much time debating about bathrooms?  When they dreamed of being elected to office and making landmark decisions do you think they dreamed that one of those decisions would be about what sign to put on a bathroom door or which bathroom people should use?  I can’t imagine that they did. Why?  Because there is a level of absurdity that is associated with the idea of having a discussion like that.  Common sense would tell us that men and boys use the Men’s Room and woman and girls use the Woman’s Room.  But what if you were not sure if you were a man or a woman?  A boy or a girl?  That is the struggle that some people find themselves in today.  Even though they were born with a boy’s body they believe, in their hearts and minds, that they are a girl.  We are not talking about intersex people who are born with both male and female genitalia and must choose, at times, what to do.  We are talking about individuals who believe that even though they were born one gender that they are more comfortable being another gender.  Our legislators want to protect every individual from harm and discrimination.  The place where we are most segregated by gender is the bathroom and so the bathroom situation has become a hot topic.  The discussions not only center around the bathroom situation but also about what to do with pronouns.  Some schools in Vancouver, Canada have axed pronouns like he, she, him, her, and his, hers, for xe, xem, and xyr.  They also settled the bathroom issue by stating that any child can use any bathroom they desire. They will also provide a unisex bathroom.  School board member Mike Lombardi displayed his heart when he said, “We are standing up for kids and making our schools safer and more inclusive.”  He truly loves children and desires for them to be safe and not bullied.

I am a Christian.  I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and I believe that his Holy Word, the Bible, is from God and is without error and should be my guide to life.  So I believe that I should be sensitive and loving to all people.  Jesus was constantly moved with compassion when he saw people.  He gave his life for all people.  I need to seek to do the same with my life.  I do not want to hurt people or think I am better than someone because I do not struggle with the same thing they do.  So it is with a sad heart that I watch these kinds of debates in our society.  Psalm 139 says that God knitted us together in the womb and so it is God who gives us our gender.  To deny our gender is just another way to deny our God.  It seems as if we as a society can’t run far enough or fast enough away from God.  Where does this leave us?  Debating about which bathroom people should use.

What is truly insensitive is to leave people to struggle without some form of authority or stability in life.  God’s Word was given to provide that stability.  It has been given to us to provide an anchor in our lives when we are struggling with that which confuses us about life.  It has been given to provide answers and guidelines as to how we should live.  It names what is right and wrong to protect us from the emotional and physical harm that accompanies doing that which God said not to do.  It seeks to keep us from STD’s.  It seeks to keep us from addictive behaviors that destroy us.  It seeks to keep us from killing our own children.  It seeks to keep us from debating about which bathroom people should use.  I would encourage you, today, to look into God’s Holy Word.  Do not look at the people who often quote the Word of God but then live apart from it.  But truly look at the Word of God.  It was given to introduce us to Jesus who gives hope, peace, joy, love and answers.

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