“To make no decision in regard to the growth of authoritarian government is already a decision for it.”
- Francis Schaeffer (from How Shall We Then Live?)
The President is reportedly issuing an Executive Order today that was also labeled a "letter of guidance" by some news outlets. The letter from the Obama administration states- "a school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.” Sounds like an Executive Order to me. Yes, an order about bathroom usage.
So, the President and/or Federal government has the right to issue orders about who uses what bathroom in places funded by tax dollars.
What’s next? Where does governmental power stop?
I really don’t care about who uses what bathroom as such. Our increasingly godless culture is understandably confused about sexuality and even gender, so I guess who uses what bathroom was bound to be a debate. People, especially women, should be cautious when using any public restroom no matter what the law requires. The vexing issue here isn’t primarily about perverts in the restroom or discriminatory bathroom access- It’s about a ridiculous overreach by the government.
Whatever your position about LGBT rights may be, this kind of overreach with governmental power will lead to more bad things. The executive order pertains only to public places, so relax, right? Well, after the government issues an order (law), it has a tendency to put the squeeze on private businesses too. Remember the wedding cake maker?
Sure, some will celebrate this….until a governmental decree directly impacts them.
The rapid decline of liberty in the U.S parallels the rise of secular humanism. The rate of moral digression and government intrusion over the past 10-15 years is truly stunning and will no doubt serve as an example to countless future civilizations.
In the mean time, the Church must prepare herself for a very different country in which to continue preaching the gospel.