When Target announced last year that its retail stores were welcoming “guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” many people pointed out that this was a dangerous policy that would end up hurting people, especially women and children. Well, apparently, a woman’s privacy was violated by a man who entered the changing room in a Texas Target store.
According to reports, the woman was changing in a dressing room stall when she saw the reflection of a cell phone in the mirror and realized a man was pointing his phone at her, presumably recording or snapping pictures. She screamed for help but no one immediately stepped up to help her.
This sad story highlights the problems that arise when you ignore biblical truth and God’s design—such as the truth that we were created male and female. It opens a Pandora’s box of problems, many of which we’re seeing in our culture now as many people try to accommodate all kinds of sinful behaviors.
Now, allowing those who say they are transgender to choose their restroom or fitting room doesn’t mean all transgender people will violate others’ privacy. But it does mean it will be easier for men and women to prey on men, women, and children who should be relatively safe in a fitting room or restroom.
And accommodating for transgender doesn’t just have the potential to hurt other men, women, and children. It hurts those who claim they are transgender by encouraging and enabling them in their sinful behavior and lifestyle, instead of pointing them to their only true source of hope and freedom—the gospel of Jesus Christ!
As Christians, we aren’t against transgender people when we point out their behavior is sinful.
As Christians, we aren’t against transgender people when we point out their behavior is sinful. We love them and want to see them experience the real freedom that comes from being freed from slavery to sin (John 8:34, 36) and made alive in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9–14).
What I said to Target when they first made this announcement bears repeating again.
Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”? (Matthew 19:4 NKJV)But from the beginning of the creation, God “made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6 NKJV)God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27–28 NKJV)
Target officials also need to read that God “created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created” (Genesis 5:2 NKJV). At the same time, the Bible teaches that because of the Fall, humans aren’t inherently good: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV).
Target stores are going against the obvious natural order of things, as Romans 1 makes clear: humans were created male and female.
Learn more about how our Creator designed us to be male and female.
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