I am a pastor, a Christian, a father of a young child, and an active member and supporter of the YMCA.
Many Christian leaders in our community are criticizing the Y for the recent decision to introduce a broad nondiscrimination policy that allows all members to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity. I celebrate the decision as an indispensable part of the Y’s mission to “put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”
The Y is not shunning its Christian moral responsibility. It is fulfilling it by ensuring that every(body) can fully and safely participate in the life of our community.
Christ followers can be proud of the Y’s courage to lead our community in faith by modeling the indiscriminate love of God for all people.
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(Hollifield is pastor at Fircrest United Methodist Church.)