A school district in Illinois has voted to allow biological males who identify as girls unrestricted access to the female locker room. Privacy stalls are available, but transgender students will no longer be required to use them.
One student was in tears after the ruling, telling reporters she felt “uncomfortable, my privacy’s being invaded, as I am a swimmer. I do change multiple times, naked, in front of other students in the locker room. I understand that the board has an obligation to all students, but I was hoping that they would go about this in a different way that would also accommodate students such as myself.”
Robin Williams was right: “Words and ideas can change the world.” And not always for the better.
Yesterday we discussed God’s call to choose courage when our culture rejects biblical truth and morality. Today, let’s think together about some practical ways we can respond biblically to such opposition.
Ephesians 6 reminds us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (v. 12).
Using Paul’s military metaphor, let’s consider three imperatives.
ONE: REMEMBER WHAT IS AT STAKE
It’s tempting to accept society’s relativistic narrative that truth is individual and subjective, that evangelical opposition to unbiblical morality is a matter of personal preference rather than a reflection of objective reality.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Consider the abortion debate. The textbook The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology states, “Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, a zygote” (cited in this article, which offers more scientific evidence for life beginning at conception). Bestselling author Wayne Grudem and biologist Dianne N. Irving offer additional powerful data demonstrating that, as Dr. Irving states, “Abortion is the destruction of a human being.”
This means that the pro-life movement is accurately named: we are fighting for human beings. Abortion worldwide has ended more than 1,555,600,000 lives. If a disease had killed even a fraction of that number, those who work to prevent it would be encouraged, not vilified.
We could discuss scientific evidence and medical dangers regarding euthanasia and homosexual behavior as well. Standing for biblical morality is a spiritual battle with enormous life-and-death consequences.
When soldiers know that the cause for which they are fighting is worthy of their best, they are more likely to give their best.
What cause has your highest allegiance today?
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Source: Christian Headlines