From the time I first gained awareness of the world around me, I’ve known that there was something intrinsically beautiful, mysterious, and uniquely complementary about the nature of males and females and the differences between them. I also learned at a young age that God Himself made us that way on purpose – “So God created man in his own image…male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27). That innate awareness, coupled with God’s revealed word, was plenty enough for me to be sure that one’s status of being either male or female – according to the Creator at least – is quite significant.
Though even with this understanding, I can’t say I’ve ever viewed the world around me predominantly in terms of men vs. women. For the most part, I’ve simply pursued my own goals while living in the knowledge of that which is self-evident: there are men and there are women. And until very recently, the fact that they used different bathroom and shower facilities was merely incidental.
In fact, like so many, until only a few short months ago, I can’t say I ever considered the matter. Why then, should I care so much about it now – even to the point of insisting on it being an uncrossable line in the sand?
Well, because it’s not primarily about bathrooms. Something much bigger is in play. And the leaders on both sides of this national debate know it.
Public bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms are simply the battle grounds upon which a greater ideological war is being waged. Most wars are ultimately about an irreconcilable clash of ideas, whereas the individual emotionally-charged skirmishes merely give form to a deeper tension while also creating the “flash-points” for a billowing fire. We still talk about the tea in the Boston Harbor in 1773, but of course the tea was little more than a rallying point for a higher conviction (i.e. “No taxation without representation”). And just like it wasn’t fundamentally about tea in 1773, it’s not fundamentally about bathrooms in 2016.
It’s about whether we as a society will continue to recognize gender distinctions at all and cherish them as special and sacred. It’s about whether people who continue to believe in the objective reality of biological males and females will be able to do so without cultural alienation, civil and social persecution, and governmental prosecution. It’s about whether the federal government can unilaterally usurp the power of the states granted to them by the Constitution, discarding in its path our very system of government and the rule of law. It’s about whether words themselves have any meaning except for the ever-changing definitions imposed upon us by those in power to suit their own agendas. It’s about whether we as a people will embrace a great delusion or hold firm to God’s revealed truth.
The question of who should use what bathroom, changing area or shower is an important issue in its own right for a number of reasons, not the least of which are safety, privacy and decency. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that this fight has always been about far more than that: the potential desertion of fundamental beliefs to which it would be difficult, if not impossible, to return before it was already too late.
Now is the time for us to draw a line in the sand and say “Come no further.” It’s not about bathrooms. It’s about the truth.