Some days are slow news days. This one is significant. Today the Obama administration sent letters to every school district in the country instructing them to make bathrooms available based on “gender choice” rather than biology. Here is the blurb from the Wall Street Journal’s website :
White House: Transgender Students Free to use Bathroom of Choice: The Obama administration Friday told educators around the country they should allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker facilities of their chosen gender, saying federal law bars discrimination against such students.(accessed 5/13/16)
You can read the New York Times’ full article here. It’s good.
Let me lay out some links to help you think more clearly about these issues.
First, as far as elementary school students, The American College of Pediatricians issued a position statement on March 21, 2016 (updated 4/6/16) entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children.” Click here to read it. (The ACP was founded in 2002.) It is worth reading and considering the research, logic and conclusions in this short statement. The harm we may be inviting on young lives by encouraging them to explore/live into transgender feelings will not be known for years. I know that’s not a popular public concern, but it’s a real concern that crosses my mind.
Second, Trevin Wax blogged on The Gospel Coalition, “7 Troubling questions about Transgender Theories”. Click here to read it. Wax does a good job of succinctly probing several lines of thought that are accepted as fact in many quarters. (published May 3)
Third, read Perry Noble’s quick post for a more punchy and pastoral consideration of the backlash to NC’s HB2 law. It’s short, to the point, and filled with common sense. Read it here. His main point is this: if you agree with HB2 are you REALLY guilty of hate crimes?
Fourth, Joe Carter, also at the Gospel Coalition, has several good posts about the Justice Department and NC. He’s a good clear thinker. Here is his latest, which is “From Agender to Ze: a Glossary for the Gender Identity Revolution.”
I’ve written before on this here and here.
When you get a chance, read the links above. But also please keep reading:
As Christians, we are people of grace and truth. That’s what Jesus lived (John 1:14). God’s truth is that he graciously created humanity in his image–male and female both reflect and represent God. As CS Lewis noted, “there are no mere mortals”. In other words, everyone has the imprint of God’s loving creatorship on them, his highest gift to the created world: being in his image (Gen 1:27-28, Eccl 3:11, etc., etc.).
By the way, we are seeing a return from Order to Chaos in terms of sexuality and gender. A worldview that says “everything morphed from nothing over eons of time, in incremental-random-survivor-fashion, without a gracious Hand guiding things” will not have any way to shepherd people who have chaos in their internal perceptions: “I’m a woman in a man’s body” or “I’m not sure where I fit” or “something’s not right with my biology, it doesn’t match my psychology.” Chaos reigns. However, Consider worldview which lays out that there is a design in this world, and a Designer; there is a perfection that has been corrupted (which has affected all aspects of life and creation); there is a future ‘being made new’ that is coming. This worldview says the chaos is not the king, it’s the court jester spoiling things! The chaos I or anyone feels in our inner hearts is not the Truth to be followed.
Truth matters, and the lenses through which we grasp the reality around are crucial. Truth of God’s goodness, power, sovereignty and redemption of the world from sin will make all the difference in how you live life.
Believers in Christ are not only people of Truth. We are also people of grace: kindness, mercy, love, generosity. I have very strong convictions about the national & future implications of the Federal government’s twin oversteps (in my mind): Justice’s actions on May 5 with respect to North Carolina’s governing of itself, and now every school district’s ability to best care for children in their charge. I have well-thought out reservations on both of these issues, as issues & as policy.
But, on an individual level, with my gay or transgender friends, acquaintances and neighbors, I strive to bring Christ’s level of love and kindness. He clearly loved and moved toward those whose life choices he disagreed with. How do I know? First, the Gospels record this everywhere. And second, he loved and moved toward me, when I was his enemy and not even looking for him.
May the Grace and Truth of Christ be in super-abundant evidence in the body of Christ on this “significant news day”.
And, if you have been helped by this post, comment or share it with others. The world needs grace and truth.