In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God created it, but we WANT to be God so we pass laws that make us FEEL like God, laws that reflect our wants. We don’t dare to offend anyone, so we legalize immoral acts to please the easily offended. We confuse love for passivity, love for agreement, love for indifference, and love for acceptance. Acceptance manifested in the form of indifference is the most offensive act of all.
Transgender bathrooms are an issue that has caused a lot of controversy and confusion. This new law, which legalizes transgender bathrooms, is just another piece of wood contributing to our own version of the Tower of Babel. We are a country who is pushing God away as we try to become God. As Christians, we are to live in the world as exiles. As exiles, how do we respond to this new law? I don’t believe it is a gray issue; it is a black and white issue. The side of the spectrum we should land on is the side that does NOT support this new law.
I can already hear people saying “But wait! Shouldn’t we love these people? Shouldn’t we be fair to them and be accepting of who they are?” If you think love means supporting laws that support sin, then you need to redefine the word “love”. How is it loving to pass laws that violate God’s design in a desperate attempt to create our own self-pleasing design?
We should not allow transgender people go to whichever bathroom they feel like. Sound harsh? Let me put it this way. If we allow people to do whatever they feel like doing, the world would be a more evil place. I am a heterosexual male. I have sexual urges at times. When I feel the need to satisfy my sexual desires, does it mean I should sleep around with whoever I choose? Does it mean I should masturbate to child pornography? Does it mean that in marriage, I can cheat on my wife if I feel the urge to? Absolutely not! Even as a heterosexual male, I cannot give into my feelings. There comes a point where you have to say “no” to yourself. This includes anyone who feels the urge to sin, not just transgender people.
We pass laws that allow transgender people, who only make up .03% of our population, act in line with what they feel. (According to Gary Gates, research director at the University of California, Los Angeles Williams Institute, transgender people only make up .03% of our population.) If how we feel becomes our authority, we lose all authority. What we feel is good is much different than what God says is good.
People believe this new bathroom law will be good. How will it be good? Some will say “It helps transgender people feel accepted rather than discriminated against. This is a good thing!” The problem is they may feel accepted by society, but this new law won’t make it easier to accept themselves. Transgenderism is not an issue that can be fixed with a surgery or a change in bathroom policy. It is both a sin issue and a psychological disorder.
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, says “that transgenderism is a “mental disorder”…and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.”
He goes on to say that “the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people.” Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”
These statistics give us perspective. If a sex-change makes suicide rates 20 times higher, and if transgender feelings go away for 70-80% of people who never get reassignment surgery, how could we possibly think we are accommodating our society with this new law? We think we are helping transgender people, but we are really hurting them. We are enabling them to live in confusion as to who they are rather than encouraging them to discover who they are in God.
Why is the suicide rate among transgendered people who have reassignment surgery 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people? It’s because reassignment surgery changes appearance while neglecting the heart. This new bathroom law does the same. We are actually harming our nation, both transgender and non-transgender people, because we are focusing on everything BUT the heart.
Transgenderism is not an issue that is going to be fixed by enforcing a new bathroom law or by having reassignment surgery. It is a heart issue that is only going to be dealt with when we bring it to God. Being our own gods doesn’t bring us to God, shifting our dependency towards Jesus does.
We need stop believing that God has to be subservient to our wants, desires, and feelings; we need to start being subservient to God’s authority and allow Him to shape our way of thinking and living.