Wiser men than I have written extensively on the public and political implications of the transgender bathroom controversy, including Dr. Russell Moore and Denny Burk who argue that this short-sighted social engineering experiment will have devastating unintended consequences moving forward.
Reflecting on this subject requires more than a superficial glance at what should be common sense issues. Stripped of rancor and debate lies the issue of self-identity: our absolute freedom as individual human beings to dictate who we are, what we do, and ultimately how we define ourselves.
Those who hold to an increasingly vilified biblical world view should not be surprised at this turn of events. After all, this controversy goes all the way back to Genesis 3:1-7 when Adam and Eve exercised their will to self-identify as God bringing the curse of sin and death into the created order.
Scripture also teaches that because of the fall our will only has the semblance of freedom when in fact we are imprisoned to the brutal slave-master of sin
(Jn 8:34, Rom 6:15-23). Martin Luther writes “For if man has lost his freedom, and is forced to serve sin, and cannot will good, what conclusion can more justly be drawn concerning him, than that he sins and wills evil necessarily?” Every molecule, every fiber of our human being is shackled with this God-hating, self-identifying, heart-hardening, death-dealing sin.
The solution for modern man is to simply suppress the truth of God in order to not only accommodate but celebrate in the name of freedom what will eventually destroy us (Isa 5:20, Rom 1:18-32, 2:5-8).
This issue is not relegated to the transgender community. Every one of us is inherently and intrinsically wired to rebel against the righteous rule of Almighty God. The only difference is how this hatred for his holy authority is manifested. Using the right restroom while committing adultery with the opposite sex incurs the wrath of God with equal devastating measure.
You see, if we are intellectually honest we can only self-identify as what we are. We are wicked, petulant children craving satisfaction for whatever pleasure our 'sovereign' desires demand. Our only hope is the unconditional grace of God given in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom 3:10-26, 5:6-11, 6:23).
This grace is not widening the boundaries of what is acceptable to accommodate our sinful desires. Contrary to popular opinion, God wants us to come as we are but he loves his people far too much to leave us in the same condition. Grace is not unconditional acceptance of sin but Jesus in redeeming action exposing us for who we are, convicting us of our wicked, rebellious nature and through no deserving quality of our own mercifully redeeming us to live in genuine God-honoring, Christ-centered, heart-restoring, life-giving freedom.
When we are celebrated in our self-identity and have everything our heart has always wanted, what remains? When God graciously grants repentance to receive Christ by faith we exchange our self-identity for one far better
(2 Cor 5:17, Eph 4:24, Gal 3:20, Col 3:3). We were created for so much more than the petty sin soaked cravings our deceitful hearts demand. God sovereignly defies our right to self-rule in order to satisfy desires we never knew existed that will take eternity to discover (1 Cor 2:9).
Part of standing for truth in the public square is holding forth Jesus as our all satisfying treasure and joy. Only he can remove a hardened heart stubbornly insisting on self-identity and fulfill the deepest longings of the human soul. As John Piper famously stated, he will be most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
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