Is the bathroom really that important?

I become more and more amazed as the years go by at the causes people claiming to follow Christ find important.

People on both sides of the bathroom debate exist in “christian” communities. If you have friends and acquaintances on both sides of the debate as I do it tends to get annoying.  What I mean by that is how both sides claim the moral high ground, both claim to be right.  Meanwhile what matters most to Jesus, the person we claim to follow, gets ignored.

I find lately that most of the “important issues” that christians have decided to discuss, debate, and allow to distract and divide them fall into this category.  Think about it the last thing we were told to do by the person we claim, (and increasingly I’m thinking for many it’s more claim than commitment), to follow is as follows

Mark 16:15 (HCSB)
15 Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

I guess I want to know where fights over the bathroom fit into this.  Sure it’s easier to read the above verse this way…

Go into the world that you’re comfortable with and preach the gospel to the people you’re used to, or that you can frighten or brow beat into being just like you…and for the record that happens on both sides of the issues the church has currently chosen to fight about.

As far as the whole bathroom thing is concerned…well my take…I’m all for Unisex Bathrooms.  Sure you would have to retrofit some to offer privacy to all, because let’s face it, privacy in the bathroom is important for any person using it.   As a dad of three girls, all of which were taken on countless dad daughter dates starting from when they were in carriers all the way up to now, bathrooms have been unisex anyway.  If there were stalls for all involved with one common area (the sink) that would be great for me, especially as they got older and wanted the independence but needed the reassurance of their parent.  “I don’t want to go into the boys room daddy, can’t you just come in and shut the door?”  It’s a bathroom, you have one in your house and it’s unisex.  The arguments used against is are funny too mainly because most (not all) of the people making the argument against unisex bathrooms use the scare tactic of “Don’t you want to keep your children safe from predators?”  Also get angry when anyone suggests that gun control is needed to help keep kids safe.  When faced with the logic of background checks etc, they often will point out that people that want do do bad things with guns will still get the guns.  Couldn’t the same logic be put in place here.  Pervs who want to hurt people are still going to hurt people so why regulate bathroom use?

Anyway I digress the point isn’t about bathroom use, or lgbtq and whatever other letters are now being added, or gender pro-nouns, it’s not about conservative or progressive or whatever you want to call it.  It’s about sharing the gospel with a world that needs it, now more than ever.  It’s about becoming more like Christ.  It’s about being able to say that whosoever is a huge word that condemns almost all of us who claim to follow Christ but refuse to live at peace with each other, and to reach out to people who are still trying to fill the God shaped hole in their lives with whatever they are trying to fill it with.  If we could just get that and let God fill in the space, let God deal with the person that he designed.  Let God begin to shape and mold people into his image instead of us shaping and molding them into our own, or our churches, or our interpretation of what’s right and wrong, perhaps then we will be a little further along in hearing “Well Done.”

Thanks for reading…

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