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The Bathroom Debate
May 14, 2016

What is really going on in the bathroom debate?  Is it really about bathrooms or is something much bigger going on. If it is all about bathrooms, it could be easily remedied by allowing a third option or even unisex facilities, which already exist. The truth of the matter is that bathrooms have little to do with this issue. It just happens to be the ground on which the world has chosen to fight. Allow me to explain. What is at the heart of this controversy is not a bathroom but a systematic effort to remove any barrier in society whatsoever. It is irrelevant what that barrier maybe, seeing that its existence is the problem. While well-meaning individuals get bogged down in the details of one debate countless boundaries are torn down elsewhere unchecked. Christians are their own worst enemy in these situations. They zoom in so close they miss the real battle all around them.

     Simply put this is a matter of authority. The question is, who is that authority going to be? The first boundary ever placed was around the “tree of life” in the Garden of Eden. It was not a physical boundary but one of authority and based upon man’s submission to God. So one must ask, what is the purpose of such a boundary? There are only two options. The first is that God is trying to protect man out of love for him and the second is the lie proposed by Satan. That being that God is trying to hold man back or keep something from him. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened”.(Gen 3:5) If one believes the first option then all of God’s word is for the purpose of protecting and bringing man to his greatest potential. Thus all laws and prohibitions based on the Bible are for the good of society and man as an individual. If one believes the second then all barriers must be destroyed so that man can reach his greatest potential. In such a view any position predicated upon God’s Word only serves to hinder that advancement. All boundaries must go in the mind of the secular world system as only man has man’s best interest at heart.

     So where does that leave the believer who sees God in His correct context of a loving and protective father. It leaves him or her in a war, no doubt, that can only be won when the battlefield is understood. The battle is not in the bathroom as much as it is in the heart of the unbeliever. Change how one sees God and you change how one perceives the world. This is exactly what the atheist have been doing for years through evolution and a worldview that leaves no room for God. To win the battle the believer has only one alternative and that is to do exactly what Jesus instructed him to do. Be salt and light. You cannot change how someone views God’s role in their life until they first see him in yours. It is time to rise to the occasion and take the high road not get down in the ditch and sling mud. I am not saying give in or even back down. Only remember that winning the battle is not nearly as important as winning the war. To lead someone to Christ is to make them your fellow soldier. To destroy them with facts, no matter how true, only makes them a bitter enemy and one you will have to fight again tomorrow. To the emissary of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, how you win is going to be as important as that you win.  

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