The cry of many in this generation of Americans is “inclusivity” and “tolerance.” It’s astonishing, the radical changes that have been made to our Western society in the name of being inclusive and tolerant (but only inclusive and tolerant of certain viewpoints—and not the biblical ones!). Of course, this is most often seen in regard to gay “marriage,” homosexual behavior, and transgender issues.
Well, this isn’t just happening here in America. We’re seeing this occur all across the West. Recently in Canada, the government of the province of Alberta issued new guidelines for all public schools to help create “learning environments” that were more inclusive and that “respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.” Here is just a sampling of some of these new guidelines and how the government expects them to play out in everyday life in schools:
No dividing students, or even class lists, by girls and boys, “When creating student/staff lists, school staff ensure gender designations are not included either beside individual names or as a composite number for the group.”
Students choose their own pronouns, “All individuals have the right to be addressed by their chosen name and to choose pronouns that align with their gender identity and/or gender expression. . . . Some individuals may not feel included in the use of the pronouns 'he' or 'she' and may prefer alternate pronouns, such as 'ze,' 'zir,' 'hir,' 'they' or 'them,' or might wish to express themselves or self-identify in other ways (e.g., Mx. instead or Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Miss, or no prefix at all)."
Students choose their own sports team. School staff should "avoid structuring courses or activities based on gender-specific roles such as 'boys' versus 'girls' in academic, athletic or talent competitions.” If teams are divided by boys and girls, the student should be “given the opportunity to participate on the team that reflects their gender identity and expression."
Students choose their own restroom and change room. “Students are able to access washrooms that are congruent with their gender identity.” And if a student “objects to sharing a washroom or change-room with a student who is trans or gender-diverse” the student that objects should be “offered an alternate facility.”
Do not use the terms “Mr., Ms., Mrs., mother, father, him, her, etc.,” but instead use “non-gendered and inclusive language” on school forms, websites, and letters such as “parents/guardians, caregivers, families, partners, ‘student’ or ‘their.’”
These new guidelines that the province of Alberta has put together are an attempt to be more “inclusive” and make sure everyone feels comfortable. Now, we don’t expect a government that doesn’t claim to start its thinking with God’s Word to admit it, but transgender lifestyles go completely against God’s design. God created male and female in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Male and female isn’t something we can switch based on our emotions or feelings—it’s the way God has designed us from the very beginning. But because of Adam and Eve’s sin, and our subsequent sin, we live in a broken world where all of God’s original, very good designs are misunderstood and abused. Misusing and abusing God’s design doesn’t lead to the peace and hope that this false message of tolerance hopes for—it leads to death (Romans 6:23). Bottom line is that the gender issue is not a civil rights one but a moral one!
The answer for all people—transgender, homosexual, or otherwise—will not be found in “inclusivity” or increased “tolerance.” These things may promote acceptance of all kinds of sinful behaviors, thus making it easier to live a sinful lifestyle, but ultimately, this accomplishes nothing. The only answer for all people is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the message that offers true hope and acceptance for everyone who will believe and trust in Jesus and what He has done:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done or how much we’ve rebelled against God, if we turn from our sin and trust in Jesus Christ, believing in His death and resurrection. Then we will be cleansed from sin and will receive eternal life with Christ in Heaven.
This is the message that every person needs to hear. We don’t need more acceptance or accommodation for sinful lifestyles—we need more passionate proclaimers of the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s only in Christ that we find true and everlasting acceptance, forgiveness, and hope for all eternity.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.
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