Now that same-sex marriage is the “law of the land,” the next battlelines have been drawn (and already crossed) in the arena of transgenderism. Public restrooms have sort of become the fulcrum of the discourse regarding transgenderism. At the beginning of 2016, you could make the statement that men should only use the men’s room without reprisal. Four months later, you will be called a bigot and a homophobe for making that statement.
States that have enacted laws more or less mandating that men use the men’s room and women use the women’s room have come under fire. At the same time, the Target department store chain has come under fire for opening its restrooms to “cross-users.” They are a private corporation and are perfectly within their right to do so, just as those of us who are appalled are perfectly within our right not to shop there. At any rate, I have learned a few things during the last few weeks and months, or at least had a few assumptions verified by simple observation. Here are a few:
1. We all have our bogeymen. Even the ones who claim open-mindedness have their bogeymen, too. No one is immune to bogeymen.
2. The church in America is having an increasingly difficult time with the reality of sin. We worship a God who is loving and infinite and wise and cannot be put in a box of our own making. But we also worship a God who hates sin, and many Christians simply cannot come to terms with that. Pointing out our sin nature doesn’t make a person judgmental. It only means he has read the Bible and understands the realities of human nature.
3. Those who accuse Christians of being judgmental sure are judgmental.
4. “God loves gay people, too!” Yes, God loves gay people, and thank goodness He does. God loves gay people, adulterers, prostitutes, the prideful, the greedy, the gluttonous, the hard-hearted, liars, cheaters, thieves, and whatever vices I’ve not listed here, he loves those people, too. Christ loved the woman who was caught in adultery. He also told her to “go and sin no more.”
5. No one is as open-minded as he would like to believe. Some of us actually own up to being narrow-minded. (“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”) The rest are just deceiving themselves with delusions of open-mindedness. (Again, we all have our bogeymen.)
6. I have known many people accused of homophobia. Some would accuse me of homophobia. But what is homophobia? The term implies a fear of homosexuals. I have yet to meet a person who fears homosexuals. I certainly don’t fear homosexuals. I really have nothing against homosexuals at all.