No apology tour here!

We all remember the international apology tour our current POTUS has been on since taking office.  And whereas I make no claims that all Americans have conducted themselves honorably throughout history, I have believed America is the greatest nation on earth.  The “have” in the last sentence will have to be discussed in a possible future blog, but the apology tour example is what I will blog about today.

Someone posted on our facebook thread this week a story of a pastor who joined the gay pride celebration of SCOTUS’ ruling this week.  This pastor was carrying a sign which read –

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As a Christian I AM SORRY for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights & equality to so many in the name of God.”  He also was quoted in the article as saying “some good folks are just stuck in outdated, callous theologies

Without going into too much detail, this pastor and his church were kicked out of their parent denomination because (in his own words)I have long affirmed an inclusive theology, believing that our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer friends, their families and allies should be fully welcomed in our churches. I affirmed their role in leadership, whether it was volunteering at events, teaching Bible study, staffing our children’s ministry or helping to serve communion. I have affirmed the LGBTQ community at the highest levels and most mundane levels of church participation.  I am convinced beyond a doubt God loves each and every part of us as we are created, including our sexual identities.”

I want to keep this short and to the point so I will first ask, how does one determine which are the “outdated, callous theologies”?  So today it’s embracing LGBTQ and same sex marriage.  What will it be tomorrow?  Robbery (but I really want it), fornication (that one’s probably already gone), gossip (but it’s not gossip if it’s the truth), heaven & hell (Rob Bell, need I say more), Jesus is the only way (really, how narrow can you be), etc. etc.

If I wanted to be part of something that constantly changed with the winds of society and popular opinion/practice I would have joined a fraternity or some other social club.  I needed a rock, something that didn’t change, because I knew that I would be all over the map without an anchor.  If there are no absolutes, then where does one find any secure meaning in life?  It would seem society appreciates the moving target of the meaning of life as if it were a carrot on a stick hanging in front of their nose.  Not so much me.  I know how really bad I would be without those “theologies” as my compass and the Holy Spirit as my guide.  If you substituted another biblical sin in place of same sex marriage, say stealing, would this pastor have joined the “freedom to rob” march because that is what is trending?  What about pedophilia?  (Don’t you dare dismiss that last one, just wait for my next blog)

To believe something strongly is to be inherently “narrow-minded”.  So if I believe sin is wrong because it hurts us, and not because some God just wants to take away our fun, why would I ever apologize for encouraging you not to participate in something that is destructive?  A friend, who is a licensed professional therapist, will tell you a very different story than the beautiful rainbow image portrayed in pop culture.  Her experience is that those engaged in LGBTQ relationships manifest or experience some of the most emotionally destructive patterns out there.  But she and her colleagues can’t tell those stories because of the tide of social and PC backlash there would be if the devastating truth were to come out.  I’m sure it would, ironically, be labeled hate speech, “narrow-minded, judgmental and deceptive”.

The truth is one of those things for which there are many facets.  “The truth will set you free” might actually put you in prison.  Not telling the truth might also put someone in prison. The truth of the Gospel (as I believe) contains absolutes which are not popular, do not agree with what’s trending today and dictate denial of certain momentary pleasures.  But embracing those truths are the very things which ensure a healthy life and eternal security.  So why would I ever say I’m sorry for telling you something that may impact some temporal earthly activity but in the long run, lead you in a path which is far more fulfilling.

Can someone tell me when it became wrong, narrow minded, judgmental or (get this one) deceptive to caution someone that a certain road leads off a cliff?  (Proverbs 14:12 & Matt 7:13, 14)?  Honesty like that should be called true love and for that reason, I make no apology.  No multi colored pencils needed here, just black and white.

Food for thought:  If LGBTQ actions are being called freedom, then why does even their own community call a significant aspect their own practices bondage?

And to Pastor Phillips:  Of course the gay church welcomed you with open arms.  If you had just been kicked out of the “we don’t covet” club for promoting stealing, the local theft ring would have welcome you as well.

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Love Wins – What does that even mean?

“Love wins” is trending today from the church, the media and social hoopla surrounding the recent marriage ruling by SCOTUS to the much loved book of that same title by Rob Bell dismissing any eternal hell type punishment to include a significant nod to universalism.

I also strongly believe that in fact Love will win, but Love with a capital L instead of a small l.  Let’s be crystal clear, love with a small l is what is trending today.  Small l love means I can do what I want, marry who or what I want, have sex when and where I want, make the choice I want (instead of for my unborn baby), pursue who or what I want, take what I want, change who I am or who I want to be, buy a cake where I want, get married where I want and of course sue or label as haters anybody who won’t let me do or be any of the things I want listed above.

Did anybody notice the one constant in all the small l things above?  For those with little power of observation “I” will give you a hint.  Get it now?  No coincidence here that a small l and I look the same.

“Humanism – an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters”

It’s all about I, me and mine.  This is the dividing line and this is the distinction between the type of love dominating and trending today and God’s heart of Love.  My personal goal and pursuit in life is to embrace capital L Love (a little patience with me please) as exampled by Jesus who gave, served and sacrificed so that others could live, love and be liberated from the I monster.  And just so there is no misunderstanding, “I” is a monster that has destroyed societies across the globe who have bought into the self serving humanistic philosophy.  Really, almost every single society (if not everyone) which has abandoned a traditional Noahide moral code has eventually ended up tearing itself apart.

So as our society enacts new laws (actually abandoning old ones) they are, sadly, writing their own epitaph of death and destruction.  And it will go for true Christians today as it has in the past where we will be, as Jesus and the Bible promised, hated and persecuted.  I don’t have a lot more to say than get ready.  Be prepared with the Gospel for those who will hear and pray for the power and leading of the Spirit in these terrible times.  Love, God’s love, will win for those whose capital I is crucified with Christ and their little “i” is subjected to a life lived by the grace of the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself up for us.

Compassion Confusion – Victory vs. Surrender

Merriam Webster defines compassion as “a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble etc.  After reading this I had to ask myself if I am someone who just wants to “feel” like helping or someone who actually takes the steps to help.  Sort of like the faith and works scripture.  I like to think of myself as a take action type of person.

This week a horrible evil took place at a bible study in Charleston SC with the killing of 9 Christians by a sick young man.  The headline the next morning read “Church attack kills nine”.  Almost as much outrage & focus has been placed on a post-it type advertisement which obscured part of that headline.  The ad was for a local gun store & range offering a special discount package.  People called it “tasteless”, “outrageous” and “lacking any compassion”.  The gun store called it “terrible timing” and the newspaper apologized calling it a “regrettable coincidence”.

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There is a true irony in a post-it ad for guns atop a headline describing the result of a gun attack, but I saw it a bit different.  Please be patient and work with me here a little before you stop reading.  From a practical standpoint, what is the only thing that could have stopped or mitigated an attack like this?  The simple truth is another gun in the hands of one of the church members.

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said on MSNBC Friday that “I cannot imagine the horror that could’ve occurred if people were sitting around with concealed weapons” (at that bible study).

Well I can imagine, and I imagine the gunman dead and fewer church members dead or wounded. Another person at that bible study with a gun was the only possible “cure” so why not talk about it right away because it could happen again tomorrow.  It would be like getting a big gash in your arm that needed surgery and then waiting a few days to have it addressed.  If you do that, the wound has to be totally opened back up, it’s a lot harder to fix and it leaves a bigger scar.  We must learn that the compassionate thing is to address problems immediately for to do otherwise makes the problem worse and allows for or requires the introduction of errant or less effective “fixes”.  I am not suggesting that guns “fix” things, but they can be a significant asset or deterrent in such cases. Why was it “lacking compassion” for a gun ad to be right next to that headline the very next morning?  Why was it similarly lacking compassion for a local gun store in Tulsa’s response to begin offering free concealed carry classes to clergy?

Before you stir those questions around in your head too much and throw the baby out with the bath water, let me tell a true story which might illustrate what I believe is a problem of confusion in America and in the church in particular relating to compassion.  A few years back some friends we know were having marital problems.  The guy came up to me on a Sunday and indicated that he was going to file for divorce the next day and proceeded to “throw his wife under the bus”.  I quickly stopped him as this was blatant gossip and I stated strongly (I know it’s hard for some of you to believe that of me) that I would only listen if they both were present.  To my surprise, this set in motion a request for them to come over to our house the next day.  So on the very day divorce filings were to have been started they are in our home seeking counsel.  In our effort to show true biblical compassion for their struggle we took them to the scriptures in Malachi 2 where God emphatically states that He hates divorce and goes further still explaining that a runaway divorce rate among His people is the reason for unanswered prayer.  That last point is a sobering thought to consider for the church as a whole but not to be gotten into in this blog.

They took our stark and blunt advice to heart, re-committed themselves to the marriage and just a few months ago sent us one of the most cherished thank-you’s we have ever received as they welcome another baby into their family.

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So was it compassion to hit them with confronting truth about divorce on that very day?  Seriously, at what point do you warn those headed off a cliff into crisis.  I get the feeling many would have given them a list of CR support groups to attend during & after the divorce.  Others might have suggested a good attorney and then errantly call that compassion (because he really is a good attorney).  But no, what they needed in that very hour of crisis was the one thing that could save their marriage and that was giving them something tangible, direct and true – God’s compassionate word.  Impotent compassion would have full-stopped at just wanting or feeling like helping giving only an illusion of concern.

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So as I return to the side arm issue I cannot but remind everyone that Jesus did in fact command his disciples to own sidearms (Luke 22:36).   But what about “turn the other cheek”?  This is why Jesus also sent us the Holy Spirit so we could know the right thing to do in different circumstances.  We must be spiritually prepared for one circumstance (not defending myself) and mentally prepared for the other (drawing our “sword”).

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We have no idea if or how many times some group of Pharisaical zealots tried to attack Jesus and the disciples to no avail due to the presence of those swords, but we do know that that last night in the garden Jesus had to basically tell them “not this time” when they drew their swords in defense from Judas and company.  And this is one of the few exceptions I can think of in history when the putting away of defensive weapons (effectively surrendering) helped in bringing about the most compassionate and victorious event in all of eternity – Jesus’ ultimate display of compassion in surrendering to death on the cross.  And that would have been the end of the story except in His case, being God, death was defeated, forgiveness of sin was made available and we who embrace His true compassion have an inheritance with Him in eternity.

Identity Crisis!

With all the recent headlines of people thinking, acting, posing, dressing or wanting to be someone or something they are not, I began wondering “is this a modern phenomenon or a historical one”.

As I looked into it I found, for the most part, people posing as other than who they are, was associated with less than noble purposes.  Probably the word imposter fits best for most situations historically.

There are countless examples of both men and women infiltrating “the enemy” as imposters or spies to hopefully gain advantage for their tribe or country.  This practice included dressing, acting, speaking and otherwise taking on many of the unique attributes of the people they were attempting to deceive.  Many similar occurrences have also happened to learn trade or manufacturing secrets over the centuries.

With only the rarest of exceptions, the concept, for example, of a guy or a girl “identifying” as the opposite sex is a modern day phenomenon.  Cross dressing on the other hand, according to Wikipedia, “has been used for purposes of disguise, comfort, and as a literary trope in modern times and throughout history. It does not indicate transgender identity”.

But this has not been the case with some more modern “identifying” personalities who have graced the headlines of our news outlets.  Women have been identifying as men, Caucasians identifying as blacks or Native Americans, men identifying as women etc. etc.  One has to ask if there is a line that cannot be crossed in the human effort to be something they are not?

Let’s be clear, there is a difference in identifying “with” and identifying “as”.  I can certainly identify with a dogs life…

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….but that doesn’t give me fleas or cause me to start licking myself in awkward places.

I can put on a wet suit, scuba gear and dive down to 100’….

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.…but that doesn’t give me gills or make it appropriate to eat me with wasabi and soy sauce.

And I can even shave my head in an effort to identify as bald….

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.…but alas I will still have to shave my head the next day or wear some head covering in an attempt to maintain the rouse.

Identifying as a rich person doesn’t give me the right to steal any more than identifying as a military veteran would make me anything but a pathetic liar – we have even coined a phrase for this type of deception: Stolen Valor.

Senator Elizabeth Warren can do the rain dance all she wants, but that doesn’t make her Native American.  And just because Rachel Dolezal has”2 (half) black sons” and has “experienced what it means to live blackness” and doesn’t “want to be limited by the biological identity thrust upon her” – these things in no way, shape or form (to include her fake tan and weave) make her black.  But, interestingly, the deception did get her special treatment and scholarships reserved for black people when she went to college.  And there-in reveals the likely motive and slots her in with all other common imposters.  And just this week she has also claimed to also be bi-sexual to which I don’t think I will even comment.

Similarly the UFC fighter Fallon Fox (born Boyd Burton) has done about as much as a guy can do to become a female looking person on the outside, but his record at waxing the floor with the UFC women fighters he/she now competes against reveals his true identity as the naturally stronger male he actually still is.  If it’s not politically correct to suggest men are genetically pre-disposed to be stronger than a female of similar size – I’ll just let sports records speak for themselves.

And speaking of sports records, the Olympic records of Bruce Jenner, now ….. (sorry, I just can bring myself to say it), are under consideration as women’s records.  How can this even be fair?  I doubt it will actually happen, but with all the upside down stuff going on today who knows.

We have adolescent and testosterone driven little boys claiming to be transgender which would allow them to join girls’ sports and go into the girl’s bathrooms and showers.  Brilliant!!!  Once again suggesting the obvious ignoble motive involved.

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There are a couple of examples which distinguish themselves as worthy deceptions.  I recount the story of Corrie Ten Booms nephew Peter Van Woerden of The Hiding Place who did dress as a girl as he rode his bike in Holland during WWII to get food and messages for the Jews his family was hiding from the Germans.  Yes he had and ulterior motive for doing so – but I think we can all agree that is one of the rare cases in which the imposter’s motive was truly noble.  And then in 1948 when Golda Meir (a Jewish leader in Israel) disguised herself as a Muslim woman in order to cross into Trans-Jordan to meet with King Abdullah in an effort to prevent war, I also view this deception as for noble purposes.

In the biblical story of Ruth the Moabite, she does actually identify as Jewish saying “your people will become my people and your God my God”.  But let’s be clear here as to what Ruth was saying.  She was not saying she was now Hebrew (the race), but rather that she was choosing to follow the God and customs of the Jewish religion.  A Christian correlation would be a salvation experience in which a secular person chooses to become a believer in and follower of Jesus.

But in general it would seem an increasing number of people are buying into the humanistic concept presented at the end of The Da Vinci Code.  In this FICTIONAL movie when Sophie is asking Tom Hank’s character if he thinks she is indeed the direct descendent of Jesus he says “the only thing that matters is what you believe”.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were only that simple?  Did I mention it’s a FICTIONAL movie?   If this were true, I could simply believe myself rich, handsome and Jewish and life would be grand (well 1 out of 3 isn’t bad – you figure it out).

We do a tremendous disservice to anyone who is identifying “as” someone or something else when we either ignore it or encourage it.  Even as recently as just a couple of weeks ago (June 2, 2015) Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder”.  I suspect this diagnosis will soon be amended as the same was the case for homosexuality just a few years back.

To encourage delusions is harmful.  All you have to do is remember some of the old American Idol tryouts.  A girl or guy would start singing (if you can call it that) and be so tone deaf the judges could barely keep from laughing.  As they are being denied an opportunity to continue in the competition many of them would say something like “but my parents have always told me I sing like an angel”.  Then the parents would be interviewed after the denial and would be angry at the “stupid judges” who can’t tell a good singer from a bad one.  A society, parents or friends who encourage deceptive thinking are pointing people away from the help they so desperately need and setting them up for much pain and suffering down the road.  They have become enablers of the deception, basically helping them live a lie and by default christening it to be some false form of truth.

And now comes the hard part, I must ask what we (the church) can/must do in the face of all this errant identifying.  On a practical note probably not much outside of our immediate sphere of influence where we must graciously and lovingly be honest and truthful to our kids, friends, family and co-workers.  Most will probably hate us even more as we do this. But in the heavenlies we are at liberty to battle feverishly on behalf of holiness and the only real truth which is identifying with our crucified and glorified Jesus and live out our lives as Christ lives in us (Gal. 2:20).

And to be frank, this is why belief in Christ cannot be simply some club or fraternity we frequent in our discretionary time.  Jesus didn’t claim that He was identifying “with” God but rather “as” God.  He claimed He was in fact the Christ and that He and God are one in the same.  So either we are following a delusional ego maniac or in fact the ordained Son, co-heir and eternal Lord of the Universe.  I believe the latter, which commands my devotion, my life and my heart and that is a destiny, inheritance and identity I can truly embrace.

Burkas in the Buff – a contradiction of outrage!

This blog has been a long time coming as the events spanned many years followed by much contemplation as to how and what to write.  The events are not hearsay but were personally witnessed.  The apparent contradiction is equally real and confusing.

When our kids were growing up, Barbie was the master of the nursing cloth.  Any one not sitting right next to her would have had no idea she was nursing but might rather have questioned her taste in style.  Our 1st daughter Brandi raised the bar with what I refer to as the nursing smock resembling an abbreviated Burka offering absolute modesty.

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Some years and grand children back we (Brandi, Barbie and I) were in a church service together where Brandi nursed one of her children just a seat or 2 away from me.  I was even unaware she had done this.  After the service was over one of the pastor’s wives came up to Brandi and asked she not do this again in the future as her actions could cause men in the service to sin in their hearts.  As this happened some years ago, the steam and flames have long since ceased coming out of my ears.

This is the same backwards logic the corrupt religion of Islam uses in blaming women for the evil in men’s hearts causing them to lust after all women so the obvious answer is to cover over the sin issue in the men by the reactive covering of their women in portable tents.  This fails to address either some potential seductive nature of the woman but more importantly excuses and justifies the sin nature of the man.  And just for the record, this cloaking of their women has done nothing to stay the lust, fornication, homosexuality and other sexual acting out by Muslim men.

Side note:  In contrast to covered/smock nursing, open breast nursing may be one of the big PC promoted practices in America which also occurs in some churches and cultures around the globe, it is not, however, something I feel comfortable with in public or in church in America – my personal opinion.

I am a big believer in modesty in both men and women.  Although it would be hard to start much of a mega-church based solely on modesty as the word is only mention a couple of times in the whole of scripture with little advice as to what it means.  But there is at least one place where God Himself is addressing how those who minister before the Lord are to dress in order to not chance any over exposure.  In Ex 28 the Lord orders Aaron to have the priest wear what could only be described as pajama bottoms underneath their floor length robes in order to not risk the guilt that would be associated with exposure as they climbed the alter or stage.

A more recent occurrence happened at a church which has been somewhat proactive in promoting modest dress by those who are on the worship team or sing in the choir.  They have a posted dress code which would be consider reasonable by most Christians.  Among other things, tight fitting shirts, skinny jeans or leggings alone (without an additional covering top/dress) are not allowed for men or women.

The problem with a posted set of standards is that if not enforced they becomes a cliché or joke to most all who see it.  Such has been the case at this church.  On several occasions the skinny jeans and leggings dress code has been ignored, stretched (pun intended) or blatantly violated to the extreme occurrence of a camel toe making an appearance on stage by one of the worship team members.

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My son after reading this blog pointed out to me that I might have been a bit one sided and sexist as he has witnessed the male moose hump on the platform as well.  Although I had also seen this I was unaware there was a similar animal term coined to describe it.  So for those who are not familiar with either term suffice it to say it is the clear display of “nether regions” anatomy by means of tight jeans or leggings.  Make the leggings flesh colored, and almost all mystery is removed.

Let’s be clear, I am not advocating burka type dress codes for pastors and worship leaders but neither do I think completely modest nursing women should be relegated to some back room with poor/no sound.  I can choose not to frequent places known for questionable dress, but church and the platform in particular should always be a safe place for our eyes.  There may well be a few out there who are saying to yourselves “what is he even talking about?”.  But I can assure you it is not most men and certainly not our most vulnerable youth who are bombarded with ever increasing “eye candy” challenges on a daily basis.  Having been a youth pastor for 15 years, well aware of my own faults and counseled with many adults, this almost constant assault on our eyes from billboards, advertisements, the internet and simply walking in the mall is perhaps the greatest “trip” hazard facing men.

Sure I could simply choose to avert my eyes (which I do), worship in the foyer or otherwise try and ignore stuff like this but then that would be maintaining the status quo and what we have done all to often in the church with other “stuff” like divorce, gossip, etc. etc (with devastating consequences).  And whereas I can look away from the over exposure, I can no longer keep my mouth shut.

I will go so far as to place responsibility/blame squarely on the guy who, in his mind, is undressing a modestly covered women (whether nursing or not) and likewise place the responsibility/blame on the woman who dresses so as to put on display and remove any questions as to the finer points of her anatomy.  There is a clear difference in those two scenarios as one requires vain imaginations and the other does not and any one saying otherwise is simply lying to themselves or perhaps the most naive person on the face of the planet.  Surly we can find the Lord’s heart for modesty somewhere between treating modestly nursing women as temptresses and what seems to me to be provocative and tempting visits by desert animal feet on the platforms of the church.

What’s in a headline?

I am no tabloid reader, in fact I loathe them.  Love child this, the other woman that, mutant baby this etc. etc.  One is often challenged to ask the question, “who makes this stuff up”?  Yes I know there is horrible and weird stuff that goes on but I have always chalked most of this up to fringe, one off exceptions to the norm.

But the song “the times they are a changin” came quickly to mind a couple of days ago when scanning the top headlines of the day as I do each morning to try and keep up with the pulse of what is going on in the world.

The top stories that morning started with the bachelorette reality star explaining the reason she had sex so early on in the show was “because that’s how I felt in the moment”, followed by the news flash revelation that Bruce Jenner would soon be on the cover of Vanity Fair in the role of his/her new personality as a woman???  Next was a story about a UN “peace” keeping force in Africa trading food for sexual favors from children right next to a story about former speaker of the house, Dennis Hastert, likely facing charges for lying to the FBI as to the reason for withdrawing almost 3.5 million dollars.  Turns out it was hush money paid to a youthful male victim of his sexual advances while Hastert was a wrestling coach many years earlier.  Next it was announced that Barnard’s Women’s college will be voting next week on the issue of admitting male transgender students.  With quotes like “History is moving very quickly on this issue”, “We really want to do the right thing, We just have to figure out what the right thing is”, “these issues are changing the game” and “WE DON’T WANT TO BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY” it’s clear even they are confused and in fear of the political pressure brought by those who fight so militantly for these fringe issues.  The final headline “Father and adopted son dissolve adoption in order to marry” was the tipping point to prompt this blog.

Those lines from Dylan’s song written in 1964 come rushing back in now 50 years later as being just as true today as they were then, perhaps on a grander and more fringe scale.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

I have no intention of trying to send some correction to secular society.  But what & where is the church’s responsibility to the inevitable moral slide of society.  And just to be clear, unless God changes His mind – which He of course can do, this moral slide is not only inevitable but clearly prophesied to happen in the last days.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

And back to discuss the church’s role in all this is very challenging.  We must pray, seek and embrace holiness and be prepared with the Gospel.  Those 3 things seem rather obvious but I suspect are less practiced than promoted.  It is imperative for our own salvation and the salvation of many that we not allow the “little foxes” of life to distract, water down or discredit the witness of Christ in our lives and in the church.

I have no interest in “being on the right side of history”!  I pray my goal is to be at God’s right hand, running the race, anchored firmly in His laws of justice and grace and not caving to the pressures of the declining secular society who are going to hate us either way.  Lest we forget, just 100 years ago divorce was very rare in Christian society, 50 years ago being a virgin was still a virtue instead of the exception and 25 years ago to have a homosexual pastor was unheard of.  Even still some might dismiss this exhortation saying “the church won’t go down that road”.  But the truth is instead of being united leaders away from this moral decline, many churches are already down that road, albeit some miles back, of societies steady decent.

So I choose to cling to the unchanging God, creator, savior and my friend – for to bow to social pressure and change is to deny the work of Christ on the cross – and I just can’t go there.