I’ve never been one to offer up my opinion on many matters so publicly, but this morning as I looked over social media and as I sat down to read my Bible, I suddenly felt very convicted to take a stand and have a voice. I pray that my voice isn’t from me, but it comes from God and his word. I want it to be a voice of truth, of love and compassion, but also a stern and solid voice. I haven’t posted in quite some time so I thought I’d come back with a bang!
Philippians 1:29 “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”
Being a Christian is not always easy. Yes, it is the best choice you will ever make. It is full of joy, peace, love, and hope. But, the fact of the matter is that Christ came and lived as a servant to all men and then died a brutal, terrible death so that we could have this freedom in him and the choice to serve him. When you make the decision to give your life to Christ, you are no longer living for yourself, but for his glory and his will. It’s so beautiful to be a child of God and to know you will inherit his kingdom, because you are a child of the King! Jesus suffered so much for you and I, so much that we will probably never face that much suffering in our life. But, we will face certain persecutions and things we need to stand up for in the name of Christ.
So, that brings me to the whole issue going on with Target. I am a mom, which means I LOVE target. It is my little escape whether alone or with my kiddo tagging along. I can get diapers cheaper there. I can get cute baby clothes. I can grocery shop. I can clothes shop. They have an awesome $1, $3, and $5 shelf with cute and practical items. Basically I could go on for a while. Anyways, when Target announced that they will now allow so called “gender equality” in their bathrooms that allows men who identify with women and women who identify with men to go into the restroom of their choice I was very disgusted I guess you would say. First, I want to make sure I am clear that I am in no way judging anyone on any life choices here. I believe that everyone has the freedom and choice to live how they please. Also, I am not being hateful or showing disgust at those people who live their lives differently than I do. However, Target has decided to allow less than 4% of the American population open this door and to what avail?
Number one, moms are not going to make Target their escape like it once was. If you have such a huge customer base of mothers and families, do you really think you will not lose a major chunk of those customers after opening a door that could allow pedifiles to freely enter bathrooms under gender equality rules and place our children in danger? That should have been a no brainer for Target in my opinion.
Secondly, I believe as Christians, it is our right and responsibility to stand up for matters such as this. Do I stop going to every store who supports LGBT in some way? Not usually because let’s be real, there would be no stores left to go to. Do I boycott every company that employs them or serves them or offers incentives to them? No, because I do believe they have the same rights as humans and citizens here to be given equal opportunity in the workplace, service, etc. But I do not believe they should have any special treatment or opportunities because they made a choice to live this way. Does this make me a bad person? If you decide to change who God created you to be in a biological and physical way, that is your business. It is your choice to live how you please, but it also should not affect other people. You know that your choice will bring you to barriers and issues that do not align with your lifestyle, so you should accept that fact and not push your choice on other people. As a Christian, I do not agree with your lifestyle. I do not want to be forced to make exceptions for you when it was your choice, not mine. What gives you the right to push your ideals and values on me when it is so looked down upon for me to even share mine with you? I will love you and pray for you just like I do anyone else, but I will not accept when your “equality” is pushed in my face. You made a decision and you should live with that, not me. You want to pee in peace as many say? Then go to a store with separate, individual bathrooms, not communal bathrooms. Stop making excuses for your decision and stop trying to make everyone pity you. Own up to your life and your choices and deal with it. You have been given a “minority” title, you have pushed your way into the equal opportunity and equal outcomes game. But every other minority was born into that minority. You made a decision!
I will stop rambling now, but I do hope Target and other companies would open their blind eyes and stop pushing these social issues in their stores and on their loyal customers. I do not think corporations should be involved in these social matters. But it is their decision, and until they stop making special privileges and exceptions for these groups and placing children and customers in harms open doors, then the rest of us will take our business elsewhere. It breaks my heart, but if Christ suffered so much for me, I can take this one loss.