By cultural convention and by mutual agreement — the cross-traffic of self interest that manifests itself on our streets (trips that take me to where I’m going) — is regulated at intersections. The light changes color and the instruction is understood: Stop or Go.
Or yellow: “Caution” a change is coming.
We have enjoyed the same conventional consistency with bathrooms. His and Hers.
Where do you go, when you gotta go? One or the other. The determinant was sex and that’s represented on the sign.
Recently, the rights of “others” are being asserted and reinforced (rightfully so, according to secular law) by government. Government is, by our definition, “…by the people for the people…”and declares inalienable rights.
In this case the caution light emerged more than a generation ago. And so now we have people born of one sex, demanding accommodations and privileges of the opposite.
At the root is the presumptive assumption that there are no differences between us. The presumption is really an amalgamation of relativist principles rooted in Humanism.
Personally, I don’t see how or why we as a people or a culture should deny others the “right” to do whatever they want with their bodies. Humanistically, it would be logically inconsistent.
Further: Spiritually speaking, it was God himself who gave each one absolute, unequivocal free will. For me to assert that using a restroom for a person born in the opposite gender of the sign… is wrong? Is inconsistent with my faith. I can’t assert something as impermissible that God has permitted. Where is the precedent you ask?
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” Acts 10:15
To let others act as they will isn’t to condone their lifestyle. It’s simply consistent with leaving justice to God.
It seems to me, that I either accept the way God made me. Or I deny this. In the case of the latter, denial looses a pandoras box of implications.
First, the question of God existence. If I don’t concern myself with God, then which principles apply? Humanism fills that vacuum. Relativism says “do your own thing… be cool.”
For some God exists, but they deny the sovereignty of his creation. This is a “Yes, but I can’t help the way I feel.” Again relativism says what’s right for one, doesn’t absolutely apply to all.
For others, God and His sovereignty are abjectly, the enemy.
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”2 Cor. 11:14.
The enemies of God know the play book. Rather than truth founded in the reality that is the creation that surrounds us, enemies use creation against itself.
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Ro. 1:18-19
I’m not suggesting that people who claim one door or the other are evil. I’m suggesting that the door you choose is a metaphor portraying who you serve. It’s your choice.
“Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” Bob Dylan.
Where do you go, when you gotta go? This post I hope, is a yellow light offering a choice – run the light, or stop and wait?
Elsewhere in this blog is dialogue on how the highest form of worship is to turn over one’s free will and become a servant of the Lord. God gave us free will in an abundance of his love for us. We return to serve Him, because we love God for giving us life. A precondition for real love is free will.
On balance it seems the opposite extreme might be to deny how God made us. Perhaps the ultimate form of rebellion is to deny the very nature that God created me to be. Further, it’s likely that it’s natural to be uncomfortable in our own skin — something about having a God-shaped hole in the heart…
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Is. 30:18
If I’m uncomfortable in life? Is that God placing a thorn in my flesh that points to him? Covering up, feeding those compulsions (with drink, drugs, sex) — aren’t those just symptoms of something much deeper?