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Pastor's Message


May 2016


Transgender, Bathroom Laws, and Ways to Discuss the Issue


Dear Members and Friends at Trinity Lutheran Church,

This article is a follow up to the sermon of 24 April.  In that sermon we considered Jesus' words in John 16:20.   While they deal specifically with the death and crucifixion of Christ they apply as a general theme through history:

 

The world rejoices over that which causes the people of God to weep.

The world weeps over that which causes the people of God to rejoice.

 

The imposition of transgender people in opposite sex bathrooms should certainly cause us sorrow, but so many people want you to conform and even rejoice in it.  All along it seems to be lost on people that being transgender is a mental disorder and delusional.  Should we encourage people's delusion?  No.


As you know, there have been fights over bathroom laws.  Some states only want males to go into the men's public bathroom and females to go into the women's public bathroom.  On the other side, big business, entertainers, and the federal government (Department of Education, President, and even presidential candidates ) are lining up to say that a man who feels he is a woman should be able to go to the women's bathroom and shower with women in their public showers.


They say it is a matter of civil rights, but it is really a matter of indecency.  It is not kind nor caring toward women (or men) who have to endure the opposite sex coming into their bathrooms, locker rooms, and community showers.


Imagine a 17 year old boy, who is transgender, demanding to use the women's shower room at the Lebanon High School or at the YMCA ?  That is indecent, unkind, uncaring, and simply devilish to force this upon high school girls ( or people of any age).  It is even unfair.


In many cases schools and other public institutions will be able to find some reasonable accommodation for the transgender individuals that does not impose their psychological disorder on the rest of society.


Such accommodation is contrary to the goal of the LGBT community, however.  This is not a matter of live and let live.  They want to force the transgender delusion upon all of us.  This is a matter of reshaping society and forcing others to rejoice in perversion or be branded a bigot and marginalized.


Don't let the LGBT community frame the bathroom wars as a civil rights issue.  It needs to be understood in different terms.  Take note of this point and consider how you speak to it yourself if you should have the opportunity.  Speak in terms of what is kind, caring, and considerate of those who are not transgender.  Press the matter of fairness.  Is it fair to the vast majority of people who are not transgender to have their privacy violated?  Talk about compromise and accommodation, rather than imposing the narrow LGBT agenda.


Remember Jesus died for transgender people.  We should never hate transgender people, but we should sorrow over their great burden and it's effects on society.  Even more, we should speak out.


                       Blessings,

                       Pastor Dave