As I’m sure you’ve heard or read, the Obama Administration has issued a letter to all public school districts in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate. The letter includes threats of potential lawsuits and the loss of federal aid for schools and districts that do not comply. Sadly, this was a predictable outcome in light of recent legislation, legal decisions, and cultural trends.
So, what should we do? How should we react? May I offer some brief suggestions for all of us?
- We should pray! Pray for all of the students, teachers, administrators and families in public schools who will be adversely affected by this.
- We should encourage and exhort! Encourage friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues who have children in public schools to seriously consider other educational options – private Christian schools like CCS, home school, co-ops, etc. Exhort them to take the necessary steps and make the hard decisions to move their children into God-honoring, spiritually edifying educational environments.
- We should support Christian education like never before! I do believe this newest move by the federal government will compel many more parents to look for alternative schooling options, including our school. There are children and parents who are feeling an increased sense of profound discouragement and despair because, even though they desperately desire to move to a private Christian school, they simply cannot afford it, and homeschooling is not a viable option. My great desire is that our school would be in such a solid, surplus financial position that we can make our school affordable to more families than ever before. Admittedly, this is not a new desire, but it has suddenly become much more urgent in light of this latest federal mandate.
- We should trust God! He is in complete control, and He is working out His purposes for our good and His glory (Isaiah 46:8-10; Romans 8:28). Nothing will ever change this soul-securing, fear-subduing, perspective-shaping truth.
May we resolve “to be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom [we] shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life (Philippians 2:15-16).”