(I really wanted to start this off with a line from “Kindergarten Cop,” but I refrained.)
I loved attending Sunday School as a child. In fact, some of my earliest memories of Sunday School include the teacher using a flannel board and characters that adhered to fabrics of various backgrounds. One morning, the teacher stuck Adam and Eve to the board, each wearing strategically placed fig leaves. The story being taught was God’s Creation of the first couple, tasking them with being stewards of His beautiful and perfect Garden, Eden. Genesis 1:26-27 reads,
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
A few days ago, it was brought to my attention that Facebook users are offered 58 gender options. I read through the list with my wife, both of us shaking our heads, marveling at the mass deception being waged against humanity. Genesis plainly teaches that God created two sexes, male and female. In fact, humanity was God’s crowning achievement, creating humanity and only humanity with the opportunity of enjoying a personal relationship with Him. Obviously over the past several thousand years, the Devil has wormed his way into the minds of some, sewing seeds of confusion about gender. No one who understands spiritual warfare and Satan’s tactics doubts the turmoil suffered by an individual who is gender confused, but in no terms should a man (gender confused or not) be allowed to utilize a public restroom reserved for women only.
Recently, a lady in Michigan was stripped of her Planet Fitness membership because she chose to make a big deal about a transgender individual using the women’s locker room. On the day in question, a man walked into the locker room while she was changing. She reported the individual to the front desk. The employee manning the desk explained that Planet Fitness has a “no-judgment” policy which allows people to use changing rooms based on “their sincere, self-reported gender identity.” The woman phoned Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and received the same response. She commented,
“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room. I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”
And why shouldn’t she be uncomfortable?
When parents visit public facilities with children in tow, moms and dads teach children how to identify men’s and women’s restrooms by looking at the pictures, over one door, a picture of a male, over the other door, a female. But that will no longer do. Now we see a push to force everyone to embrace the differences….for Facebook, it’s 58. The only problem with that is God created only 2, male and female.
We definitely need to pray for those who struggle with these issues, but we also need to stand firm, requiring people to use the facilities that match their genitalia, not their feelings or their “I’d rather be’s.”
It really all boils down to this: As a concerned husband and father, I don’t feel comfortable with my wife and daughters utilizing the same bathroom or public shower facilities as a man, do you? If you’ve no concern, wait until you become a parent or a grandparent.
You might understand then, 58 or not.