As of late, every year something happens that is worse than the last. 2016 is no different. Who would have thought that a blog post about bathrooms would be worth writing and reading. We all know this is much more than bathrooms, right?
The world our parents grew up in is different from ours. The world our children will grow up in will be changing from day-to-day.
This is Worth Fighting
Yes, this issue is worth fighting for. Parent, please do not back down. If I had children in a school system where they could choose where and with who they wanted to change clothes in front of, I would have some beef.
This is far more than just about bathrooms, and one issue I plead with parents to not grow soft.
Talking with Your Child
At some point, sit down with your child (this will look different depending on family dynamic). Explain to your child your concerns with the culture and the state of public arenas and schools regarding bathrooms and facilities. After you explain what you are thinking, here are some questions to ask (this may vary depending on child and maturing):
- What do you think the role of the Church is in engaging our culture when it comes to the Bathroom issue?
- Do you think Mom/Dad are right in their concern? If not, what would you like to add?
- Do you have any questions about what you have read or heard as it relates to this?
- What should Mom/Dad think through further from your perspective?
- Do you understand where Mom/Dad are coming from?
After having some discussion, depending on how it goes, I would sit down with them again and explain indepth your concern(s). Kids are smart. They are way smarter than many adults give them credit for.
Use this as an opportunity to teach them and I beg you to explain your thought process to your child. No matter what you decide, explain your thought process and decision to your child.
Bringing This Home
During your conversation with your child, you need to point them to the Gospel. They need to see what God says and your concerns should reflect what God’s design for sex and gender is. We live in a corrupt world and I do not see it stopping anytime soon.
As a parent myself, it is my responsibility to protect my child (and hopefully my future children). At the same time, I cannot expect the world I live in to always view things from the same viewpoint as myself. Will you join me in praying for wisdom and discernment when the culture takes a sharp turn against Biblical principles?