Well… it is certainly a new “freedom”! I don’t want to be flippant or “churchy”, but allow me to propose a certain line of thinking that involves a deeper meaning of “sin.”
It has been said that the root of all sin is self. If you are familiar with the classic “seven deadly sins” (pride, greed, lust, wrath, envy, gluttony, sloth) you see the common root is an obsession with self. In their manifestations in our day, like adultery, human trafficking, shoplifting, terrorism, or even road rage; it is all about self no matter the cost.
Even as “sin” revolves around indulging self, it ultimately imprisons self. Consider the alcoholic or chain smoker; they are free to indulge as much as they like, but they are not so free to quit. Consider the habitual liar, they get out of a lot of scrapes, but eventually all that lying isolates them.
That’s perhaps the greatest irony of sin; isolation. For all the indulgence of self, the nature of sin ultimately isolates one’s self from one’s self. Swallowing a lie about self is at the root of sin. Sin erodes the concept of who you are, who you are supposed to be, or if you have a purpose at all!
So how does that little theological reflection fit into an article on “Transgender Bathrooms”? Well let me quote a passage that is possibly “illegal” in our current state of political correctness:
Romans 1:23-27 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator… For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another.
At first glance, it may seem this is a warning on gender confusion, but that is really just consequential. The passage is first and foremost, about the tragedy of an entire society exchanging truth for a lie, living unreality as if it were reality.
There are few things more fundamental to one’s self identity than gender. Post-modern thinking views everything as relative. If we can convince ourselves that all of reality is relative, right down to our gender, it becomes impossible to know the reality of anything, even one’s self. There is no real self! You can’t even look in a mirror and see your self. It doesn’t matter what physical features meet the eye, gender is an illusion. It is a preference. Should your feelings change, so does your gender; so does a fundamental feature of your identity.
The idea of transgender bathrooms is born from that very concept. It forces ALL of us to live by that concept. Every time you enter a public bathroom, you are not male or female, you are just somewhere along a line of subjective preference. It is not just those who embrace such a worldview; the law of the land is telling YOU that you are not in reality, male or female. No one is; that’s why it is a law for PUBLIC bathrooms. …Don’t even believe your eyes.
We used to have a term for it, when people “lost touch with reality,” it was called “insanity.” And that is a good working definition of “sin”; it is spiritual insanity, which leads to intellectual insanity, that ultimately leads to death; even the death of self.
So am I saying that transgender bathrooms are “sinful”? -Tragically misguided, but really not the big issue.
What I am saying is; when you witness social trends where the human being is eroded; in dignity or identity, you are experiencing what sin is really all about. You are living the book of Romans. Transgender bathrooms are simply one more milestone in that direction.
Are they a wonderful new civil liberty? -A new “freedom”, to be sure. But what good is it if we gain a whole world of “freedoms” and lose our very selves? It’s not really about bathrooms, or even gender; it’s about exchanging the truth for a lie and slowly fading away in the aftermath. That’s what concerns me. Anyway, it is certainly food for thought.