America has many issues to resolve. For many people, government doesn’t seem to work. Parents are worried about their children’s education. Tolerance for different people is at a minimum.
And now the water cooler talk is focused on answering this question: “Who should potty where?” (Meanwhile, we ignore the important issue and fear that need to be answered: “How do we make public bathrooms safe from sexual predators who are a genuine threat to the safety of our children?)
Let’s get some facts on the tables. A small minority – approximately one percent of our brothers and sisters– are grappling with gender-identity issues. They identify as Transgender. What is a Transgender person? Webster’s Dictionary says it this way: “denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.”
“Self-identity” seems to be the part that causes so much anger. Why? You and I are filled with self-identity. We recognize each other’s self-identities. We respect and honor them. We seldom stand around arguing with each other about whether our self-identities are correct or real. Please take a moment and quickly list the identities you attach to yourself – your own self-Identities.
Here are a few of mine: I’m a radio guy who loves my job. I’m a Recovering Alcoholic – 2,219 days without a drink. I’m a Dad, Grandpa, Son, Husband, Brother and a Child of GOD. I AM All-in-with-Jesus. I am a male who is attracted to a female.
If you know me, you also attach identities to me. But you do not claim that your identities for me are the only ones that matter or the only identities I should have. And we both recognize that our own gender self-identity is a core part of our being.
To me, because of the power of my own self-identities, and my respect for yours, I simply do not get the anger over transgenders’ use of a potty. Why can’t we simply respect their gender self-identity? Jesus teaches “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” The golden rule teaches us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. As God directs, I love me, failures and all – including ways in which my self-identities upset other people. So why can’t we accept people who identify their own gender differently than the way it is written on a birth certificate? I look for GOD’s Creation, HIS purpose and plan in everyone’s life. By phone I asked for a comment from One Iowa. Donna Redwing told me this:
“People have been using the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity for a very long time. To force people to do otherwise is discriminatory.”
On the radio, I asked Dr. Nathan Oppman, Ed.D from the Family Leader what he could share with me about the Transgender issue. Here is his answer. “So what do we do if we encounter a person who identifies as transgender? We first of all recognize that the sin they struggle with is very much like the sin we struggle with. We have sinful desires that we are called to fight every day. For some it may be gluttony or drunkenness; for others greed and selfishness. We have all fallen short of God’s perfection.” (Rom. 3:23)
So today, I challenge you to begin to see people as GOD created them – not as an issue or a stereotype, but as a human being struggling with what this world has given them. Smile and be joyful that not one of us is any better than another in your Creators eyes.
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