First off, at the end of this post I offer you some advice about how to face this crazy, strange kind of world.
Okay, on with the facts.
I just read where, a couple of days ago, the Target Corporation restated their commitment in allowing “transgendered team members and guests to use the…facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
They went on to say, “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.” Full statement here: https://corporate.target.com/article/2016/04/target-stands-inclusivity
They wanted everyone to understand their stance on what many were calling “the bathroom bill”.
My mind is spinning, but my heart is grieved.
Because of the confusion which exists in many lives.
Those who are confused about their sexual identity, as well as those who want to support such confusion and deception, regardless of the possible physical harm and emotional trauma many others (both team members and customers) risk encountering.
It’s one thing to have a sexual attraction to someone of the same gender. It’s unnatural. It goes against the physical and emotional makeup of men and women.
And, it is contrary to God’s original blessing and command to the First Couple.
“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it…” (Genesis 1:28 NLT)
So although I am emphatically against same sex “marriage”, I can at least come much closer to understanding that level of deception (for that’s what it is) than understanding how someone could be confused about their gender.
Growing up I had a number of identity issues I needed to sort out (probably still do). Some I didn’t do so well at, but even though I was given a girl’s name, was told I walked like a girl, and had hardly any facial hair until I was into my early twenties, I always knew I was a guy.
Yes, I was confused about a lot of things; things like who to believe, who to pick as friends, and many other things teens can have trouble with.
But, and thank God, I always knew I was a male.
So, like I said, I cannot understand that level of confusion and deception.
But neither can I understand a major retailer, who claims to be sensitive to the needs and wants of everyone, showing such insensitivity toward their team members and customers who aren’t confused about their sexual identity.
To me their words are: “We care, but not enough to do the right thing”.
Men in women’s restrooms, and women in men’s restrooms. At one time it was only confusion, deception. How people dressed on the weekends was their own business.
But that’s all changed. Now, whatever a person thinks they are, everyone else is called upon to validate their feelings; accept them for whoever, or whatever, they want to be or think they are.
What’s next? People who believe they’re an animal or a bird?
Do I think men who believe they’re women should be made to feel uncomfortable by forcing them to use a men’s room?
If that’s all there is, why not?
How uncomfortable will women feel when a big hunk of man, dressed as a woman, comes marching into their restroom?
If it’s all about acceptance and comfort, why can’t Target and others remodel and create more private, “unisex” restrooms?
But maybe it’s not about that kind of acceptance. As I said before, I believe it’s more about forcing the public who ISN’T confused to validate those who are.
“Yes, dear one; it’s perfectly normal for you to question your gender. Everyone does…”
Like I said, it’s a strange, strange world.
And it’s gonna get worse, before it gets better.
“…when you see all these things, you can know His return is very near, right at the door.” (Matthew 24:33 NLT)
My advice? Three things.
Pray, love people (even if you don’t understand them), and wait until you get home to use the restroom.