Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga, Ontario, has fired Rev. Junia Joplin after he announced his transitioning from a male to a female. The congregants voted to terminate his employment, the majority for theological reasons. The chair of the church’s executive council stated that Joplin was offered “a fair severance.” Nonetheless, he is suing for wrongful dismissal, hoping that his suit will bring about a more “inclusive” Canada. But, does “inclusive” mean including anybody?
Baptists take the Bible seriously. Genesis does not state, “I have created you sexually amorphous and have left it up to you to decide how you will identify yourself sexually.” Nor does it read, “Marriage should be inclusive and not be restricted to two people.” Neither does it teach that “The trinity should be inclusive and allow more than three people.” In affirming Joplin, the congregants would logically need to reinterpret or simply reject Scripture. By their vote, however, they indicated that Joplin’s sex change would not lead them to alter the Word of God.
The notion of being more “inclusive” is, of course, self-destructive. It is a mandate that is wholly unqualified. It lacks an internal brake. Who, what, and how many should be included? Where is the limit? Should we make room for the unqualified and the incompetent? For that matter, why not include a horse. Inclusivity in itself provides no restrictions.