Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Bathroom Conundrum

I started this post by presenting some of my views on the situation, but then it started to feel a little like I was just adding to the noise. So I deleted it, and rather than simply stating my view, I decide instead to turn to scripture for some insight on dealing with this situation. 

As Christians, we try our best to live by what we are taught in the Bible. I understand that the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin, I understand that the Bible talks about how men shouldn't dress like women... I study my Bible too. So while I'm sure many can find scriptures to justify their actions, please allow me to maybe help to give another view of this situation. 

Proverbs 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situations, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Have you prayed about it, as much as you've posted on Facebook about it? I understand that we live in a scary world, and we should all most certainly be on the look out for dangers. But my bible tells me not to be anxious about anything, and I believe the very unlikely possibility of a creeper being in our bathroom is covered in that verse as well. We all have fears, but when we fear, prayer should be our first line of defense. If this bathroom issue is something that is causing you to lose sleep at night, I highly encourage you to bring your fear to Jesus. Peace is possible, even in a situation you don't agree with. 

John 3:17, "For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." If the son of God didn't come to cast judgement, why is it OK for you or I to do so? Scripture is pretty clear about various sins, but it seems that we as Christians kind of pick some topics to focus on. Judging someone who is living a sinful life and trying to throw scripture at them is probably not going to do anything but make them angry. The Bible also tells us we need to take care of our own sins, before we start trying to point out anyone else's. I am not saying that anyone is wrong in their beliefs, but some people might need to take a second look at how they present their beliefs. Are we helping or hurting? Are we spreading a message of hate or love?

John 13:15, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." I don't think people are trying to be hateful, but our intolerance and judgment can give off a hateful vibe. When Jesus was on earth, he interacted with sinners, ate dinner with them and befriended them. Like in the story of Zacchaeus, Jesus didn't condemn him, he just wanted to come spend time with him at his house. Zacchaus knew he was messed up, but the love and forgiving nature of Jesus caused him to desire change. Stop fearing sinners. Love is what the world needs. I believe that most people know what we as Christians believe. How awesome would it be to see the change you can make in someone's life just by showing them the love of Christ that is in you? Love will change the world. Not homophobia, not anyone's conservative views... love. 

I am not saying anyone is wrong for not liking these issues, but what bothers me is people who want to post on facebook about it with no further actions. If these situations bother you as much as you say, start praying about it, mail your government officials about it, and for goodness sake do research and become educated about it. It drives me crazy when someone takes a firm stance on a subject when they make no attempt to understand the situation and have no intentions to actually make a difference. It's time to stop simply complaining to your facebook friends and to actually do something about it.  

The world is a crazy scary place sometimes. You need to know that God is still in control. God is not surprised or caught off guard by the bathroom situation. I've read the bible to the end, always remember that in the end God wins. 

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