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Morality in America

Morality in America

When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.

Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage.  After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.

Gender Confusion

Morality in America

When discussing gender isn’t politically correct

By Carol Hatcher

As far back as anyone can remember, the first words a mother hears after giving birth is, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” These words aren’t spoken in judgment but as a matter of fact. In the beginning, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) It’s a biological differentiation of how God made human beings.

While there are certainly exceptions to every rule, God made men and women to be different. Don’t believe it? Hang out by a park and watch how kids play. But pointing out one of those physical differences caused Yvette Cormier to have her gym membership revoked. While this Michigan women was undressing in the women’s locker room at Planet Fitness, in walked a man. She recounts, “I was stunned and shocked. He totally looked like a man. He was not dressed like a woman at all.”

Cormier took her concerns to the front desk. They informed her that members could use whatever restrooms and locker rooms they wished based on their gender identity. In other words, if you identify yourself as a woman, use the woman’s locker room and vice versa. The gym released a statement saying, “Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members.” Cormier was shocked and shared her concerns to warn other women in case the transgender man walked in again.

But in warning others, the company felt Cormier violated their policy. According to their statement, “The member in question exhibited behavior that club management deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was canceled.”

Unfortunately, this issue will continue to rise as the number of people who identify as transgender rise. A 2011study reveals there are nearly 700,000 transgender individuals in America. That accounts for 0.3 percent of the population. Situations like Cormier’s aren’t relegated to the gym. Other bathroom identity crises are popping up in malls and restaurants. It seems the only feasible solution is the use of gender-neutral facilities – which many malls are currently adding as “family” or unisex restrooms. But the addition of these restrooms in all stores and eateries isn’t likely, as it is an added expense to the establishment.

Even still, many who identify as transgender don’t choose to use unisex facilities. While some of these individuals dress and “look” like the opposite sex, many are still living life as the gender that matches their chromosomes. On the outside they appear to be “x,” while their insides tell them they are “y.” What happens when someone who looks like a man, talks like a man but thinks like a woman walks into the ladies room? Just ask Yvette Cormier.

Planet Fitness stands behind their decision to revoke Cormier’s membership, and many others have voiced their support of the company’s policy. But for the number of people who agree with the “judgment free” conduct policy, just as many do not. A gym in a neighboring town has even offered Cormier a free years membership there.

This confusion confirms the need for more unisex facilities in all places. The struggle doesn’t only apply to transgender individuals. Fathers have no place to take their young daughters to use the restroom. And, an Oklahoma women’s bathroom was recently in the news for posting a sign asking for no boys over the age of six. Mothers, who weren’t about to send their seven and eight year-olds into the men’s room alone, were outraged.

No matter your stance on the Planet Fitness locker room policy, you can agree prayer is needed. This story evokes strong emotions and opinions, but as Christ followers, remember, “Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” (James 5:9)

Please pray:

Carol Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned speaker and writer. She has contributed to many books and magazines and is a regular contributor to the Vantage Point devotional series. This southern belle lives with her husband and three children in Buford, GA.

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