Transgender bathrooms are a hot debate topic as of late. Transgender bathrooms allow a person to use the restroom that corresponds to whichever gender they identify as. If a male identifies as a female, he may go to the women’s bathroom. Are transgender bathrooms right or wrong? I believe transgender bathrooms are wrong. This viewpoint can be argued from both a biblical and ethical standpoint.
But before we get into this debate let’s have a heart check…
Are we approaching this topic in love or in judgement hoping to prove the other side wrong? If it is in love, good! If it is in judgement, let’s take a second to check our own hearts.
This transgender bathroom situation is dangerous for Christians. It allows us to look away from the mirror of our own sin and focus on other people. Don’t think for a moment that because you would never become a transgender or support transgender bathrooms that you are better than others. We all sin and need Jesus. Climbing the ladder of morality won’t save you, Jesus will. So let’s not think for a moment that we are more righteous than those who oppose our views. We are all sinners and in need of Jesus.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s approach this topic humbly…
As Christians we are called to love, but love isn’t always manifested in the form of support. Support in today’s culture means surrendering one’s convictions to show acceptance. As Christians, we are told to love our neighbor (Mark 12:31). Love doesn’t mean showing compassion if it means surrendering one’s convictions. Compassion and conviction are married to one another; the divorce of these two is dangerous. So how are we to love while holding firm to truth?
We need to get the idea out of our minds that loving others means supporting their actions even when those actions are in direct rebellion to biblical and ethical principles. I know what you’re thinking, “Just what we need, another judgmental Christian!” I would be judgmental if I forced my convictions on others without compassion, but that is NOT what I am doing. Love means telling people truth with compassion and humility. How is it loving for me to tell the world that it is okay to endorse transgender bathrooms? The opposite of love isn’t hate, it is indifference. For me to be indifferent about transgender bathrooms is wrong. Indifference to this situation tells the world “I don’t care what you do, even if it leads to your destruction. Just do what makes you feel good.”
If we become supportive and accepting of transgender bathrooms, we are contributing to a society that says feeling good is the top priority. Society says “If surrendering truth makes us feel good, then let’s say what’s true for you is true for you.” If people are offended by truth, by all means let them be offended. But keep in mind that truth is what should offend them, not your judgment or condemnation.
Because we don’t want to offend anyone, we live in silence biting our tongue. We want people to feel good so we compromise our convictions in an attempt to let others do as they please. God created male and female (Genesis 1:27). Because of sin, we try to deviate as far away from God’s original design as possible. A manifestation of this is transgender bathrooms. We don’t like that God created genders uniquely different from one another, so we try to find ways around this exclusiveness. When God’s truth contradicts our desires, we make God’s truth subservient to our wants and desires. This is why people want transgender bathrooms. We don’t want to live under the authority of a good and sovereign God; we want to be our own authority. We would rather do what FEELS right rather than do what IS right.
From a Biblical standpoint, transgender bathrooms are wrong because God created each and every one of us either male or female. We must operate from this reality. If you are a male, don’t try to become a female. If you are a female, don’t try to become a male. Some may say, “What about hermaphrodites?” Those cases are anomalies and should not be involved in the transgender bathroom debate. You can’t take a rarity and act like it’s a commonality.
What about people who don’t believe in the Bible? Should they oppose transgender bathrooms? Yes. You don’t need to believe in the Bible to argue that transgender bathrooms are ethically wrong. Imagine for a moment if a male could go to a female bathroom just by saying that he identifies as a female. Can you say “sexual predator?!” Only .3 percent of our population in the United States identifies as transgender. This is such a small amount! If we pass laws allowing transgender bathrooms, we are giving sexual predators a free pass to hunt. Bathrooms would be seen more as a war zone and crime scene rather than a place to simply go to the bathroom.
In the end, we must love with compassion and love with conviction. Stand firm in what is right. Conviction is not a feeling, it is a belief. We believe God created male and female separate but equal. From a biblical standpoint, transgender bathrooms are wrong because it allows people to deviate away from God’s original design. From an ethical standpoint, transgender bathrooms are wrong because it gives sexual predators a free pass to hunt in bathrooms. Don’t go pointing fingers at others who oppose this view. There are approximately seven billion people in this world; not everyone will agree with you. In the disagreement, don’t be judgmental or condemning. Love others with humility and compassion while holding firm to truth. If others are offended, let it be the truth that offends them.
There are many more arguments in regards to transgender bathrooms. For the sake of keeping this article as short as possible, I only talked about a couple of them. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!