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Viral Video Shows Mother Shouting through Target

Mother Shouting in TargetMothers know best. As a matter of fact, it has been said that mothers know best and all. Like Santa Claus, she knows when you are sleeping and awake, when you have been naughty and nice. When she is cold, you wear a jacket. And when she "ain't" happy, "ain't" nobody happy.

Earlier this week, an unhappy mother marched through Target shouting her displeasure. This viral video shows a mother walking with part of her family through a Target store, expressing her disgust at Target's recent policy concerning transgender bathroom usage. "This is not love," she said, "and they have proven it by opening their bathrooms to PERVERTED men…Target does not protect mothers and children. Mothers, have enough decency to get out of this dangerous place."

Holding her Bible high above her head, she asked, "Are you going to let the devil rape your children?" As a mother of twelve, she concluded that this was more than a Target issue, but an American issue: "America, when are you going to wake up, when are you going to stand up for the right thing…This is wicked. This is confusion. This is twisted.  This is abominable in the sight of God."

As they walked out, her presumed husband bellowed deeply: "The judgment of God is coming on this nation and this Target!"

As you might expect, responses to the video have varied. Some have shared the video in solidarity of support. Others have used the video to comment on and point to the hatefulness of Christianity. And then there were those who laughed off the video.

But what is interesting is the premeditated nature of the video. She obviously planned this out. She and her entourage had a route: through the shoes, pass the linens, onwards to the greeting cards, and end close to the female undergarments before they exit the front doors. With route in mind and final details given, the cameraman started the video and they all commenced their march.

This march was a combination of awkward interactions with customers and loud proclamations made by her. She didn't want change the policy as much as she wanted to share her opinion about the policy. She complained about corporate and government overreach, but one could argue that she overreached in that moment as well. She forced her will on innocent customers, much like her allegations that corporate entities are forcing their will upon customers. Except, of course, customers are free to shop at places other than Target, but those at Target were not free from her.

In that moment, she protested overreach by overreaching. To a certain extent, she became the very thing she was protesting.

Over the coming days, disagreements will abound and differences will emerge concerning bathroom policies. But one item we can all agree on: the judgment of God is coming.  For both believer and unbeliever, we will all be held accountable for our actions, inactions, and utilizations of gifts. We will all give an account of what we have done with our talents, gifts, and freedom. This includes both the transgender bathroom policy advocates and the protesters.

As Shakespeare noted: "Methinks the lady doth protest too" loudly.

There are instances of angry protests in the biblical narrative. Most notably, there was the time when Jesus turned over tables and caused a scene in the temple court. Another time, Elisha raised his voice and showed his power when some children refused to show him proper respect.  

But more often than not, we read of a certain winsomeness in disagreement and conflict. This was most exemplified in how the Lord dealt with us when we disagreed with him. We were once his enemies (Colossians 1:19–21). He didn't shout at us or hold the Bible over us. Rather, he was kind towards us (Romans 2:4). He was patient with us (1 Timothy 1:16). He didn't force us, but allured us to himself (Hoses 2:14). He was slow to anger and abounding in love (Exodus 34:6).

And now, as those who are no longer enemies of God but imitators of him, we can go and do likewise. And in the land of the free, we can imitate him at Target or not.

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