Just when you thought things can’t get any crazier, progressives prove you sooooo very wrong. This past week had a liberal sports magazine (Outsports) label Fallon Fox the “bravest athlete in history”. Fallon Fox is a guy who dresses like a girl (in modern terms – transgender) and has decided to mask his sick and misogynistic desire to beat up women by hiding in plain sight in the MMA fighting ring. Understandably he always wins and has twice broken the skulls of his opponents forever altering their lives. This is nothing more than a guy taking gross advantage of women! Where is the Me Too movement? Where are the police? Why haven’t a bunch of real guys to taken this piece of slime out back to the shed and given him a taste of his own medicine. Why? Why? Why do we put up with this fringe and deviant stupidity? Where can it go from here? Up is down and right is wrong and sanity has left the building and it feels like the fat lady is preparing to belt out the final stanza of human history. Bravery???? This guy is the pure definition of a huge pile of chicken @#$% who couldn’t hack it fighting guys and saw women as an easier target. Unbelievable!!! I’m done ranting now.
As we are on the brink of another denominational split over same sex marriage (The Methodist Church), I decided to read what I understood to be the most comprehensive book trying to explain, from a Biblical perspective, support for same sex marriage. The book is by Matthew Vines and is entitled “God and the Gay Christian”.
Matthew takes several approaches to the subject and, for those who have not devoted their life to the love, study and reading of scripture, he comes across as knowledgeable in his arguments. But when looked at more academically, Matthew takes the most obscure possible interpretations of some words, reads volumes between the lines in other cases and conducts Olympic quality gymnastics to pretzel his arguments into statements that appear to challenge 3000 years of traditionally held prohibitions in scriptures as it relates to homosexuality and same sex activity. Not to mention that he quotes a plethora of secular philosophers. But I will only focus on one of his more impassioned arguments – Forced Celibacy.
The 3rd chapter of his book entitled “The Gift of Celibacy” is a central theme for the whole book in which Matthew puts forward the emotionally touching argument that for the same sex attracted person, the traditionally held “non affirming” position on homosexuality and same sex marriage relegates the same sex attracted person to a life of forced celibacy, denying him/her the freedom to express his/her desires for the rest of their life.
Here is the problem with that argument. As compassionate and inclusive at it sounds on the surface, that is actually the same struggle every one of us must address when faced with our own attractions which do not line up with scripture. Just fill in the blank with the various attractions we all have that are prohibited in scripture whether greed, anger, gluttony, steeling, drunkenness, murder, gossip, lying etc. I’m sure I just touched on probably everyone reading this blog and you can attest to the life long struggle you have had to engage in to deny yourself the freedom to participate in these various abominations/attractions. We are all “born that way” or with a sin nature that manifest itself in a myriad of tendencies. Why should we give a special status to those with same sex attraction? Do they somehow put their pants or skirts on differently than the rest of us who may struggle with say anger (my attraction). Why is it somehow different for me to deny my anger “attraction” for my whole life, essentially “forcing” me to try and be kinder and gentler for the rest of my life and yet there is some special status assigned for those with same sex attraction.
Some will argue that we should affirm same sex activity because it involves love or because it involves consenting adults. But the same can be said of that TV that I love and am tempted to steal or adultery and sex before marriage which also involves two consenting adults and “love”. Or how about that beautiful buffet that I love and am gluttonous towards or having that third, fourth or fifth drink while out with friends. We ALL face wrong desires and yes, we face them for our WHOLE lives – Gen. 4:7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.
And just to be clear, as I don’t want to hyper focus on just one sin, we must all engage the battle for holiness regardless of the sin you are attracted to. Don’t give up, don’t give in, keep fighting, keep your eyes on Jesus, keep resisting and keep winning those daily battles in our desire to please the Father.
The bottom line is that we are called to holy living as defined clearly in scripture and if you want to unrepentantly live otherwise you are free to do so. Just don’t call yourself a Christian or practice your attraction within the Body of Christ as that is both blasphemous to our Holy Father and false advertising to the world at large.
Yielding is a good thing – most of the time. When you yield at a stop sign, when you yield while merging on the highway and when you yield to the Lord. The problem comes in when we start yielding to the pressures of the secular society surrounding us, and just so we are clear, our country has become a secular society regardless of what percentage “identify” as Christians. I think it will also help to distinguish between political pressures and moral ones. A lot of the political agendas out there are largely issues of preference, culture and changing tradition. For example the gun debate; there are many sides, persuasive points, social aspects, legal approaches and constitutional rights at play. But there is no clear biblical position on this issue other than the instruction to obey the laws once in place as long as they do not violate God’s laws. On the other side are moral issues, many of which have been inserted into the political arena, such as chastity, divorce, homosexuality, gender questions, abortion, gay marriage, pedophilia, pornography and the list goes on.
The church is being challenged to find that balance between yielding to God and trying to find that place of compromise with the rapidly changing society around us. Probably one of the first things to find some room for “compassion” was in the area of divorce. Yes, of course, there are scripturally legitimate reasons for divorce and I am not speaking about those. But somewhat like the rape/incest/life of the mother reasons for abortion (not biblical reasons by the way), the biblical allowances for divorce represent only a small percentage of divorces today. But in general, whereas divorce, any divorce, once garnered a societal negative stigma, we now have special Sunday school classes for those who have experienced divorce. Of course that, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. The sad thing is that these classes are often full to the brim of the hurting and wounded. And lest we forget, the reason God stopped listening to the petitions of the people in Malachi 2 was because of the high divorce rate. And this is where I, unfortunately, will likely lose many of you, whether divorce, chastity, homosexuality, abortion, pedophilia and all other biblically listed moral/sin issues, they are a package deal, bound together at their core and that core is yielding to the desires of the flesh. And it doesn’t matter which one raises its ugly head above the surface in a given situation, be assured ALL the rest of these abominations are hovering just below the surface exactly like the bulk of the iceberg hidden out of sight but one can be assured that it is there none the less. This is why scripture says “Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all” James 2:10
The journey down the sexually immoral “rabbit hole” is one single ever widening road with many on ramps and inter woven loops eventually encompassing any and all possible deviant concoctions. Fortunately there are also many off ramps as well for those who recognize their sin, repent and yield their hearts back to the narrow and hard to find pathway that leads to God. I, for one, still have to resist the temptation to get back on the pornography on ramp having exited it some years back. You see, I know where it can lead and there is nothing good or eternal down that road as it grows ever wider and wider to include more and more options. And so it is with the package deal. No, it is not clear how everything is connected at first and you may think you are just biding your time on your little corner of the ice. But hiding just beneath the surface of your particular “poison” are ever increasing and lethal traps from our enemy reaching up to grab you.
And just to be clear, the super highway of immorality is already flowing at breakneck speeds with some aspects already out in the public eye and others still very well hidden from view. Hollywood, proponents of progressive “right side of history” thought and “compassion/inclusion” advocates are systematically baby spoon feeding the church small morsels of compromise in areas in which we are expected to yield to social pressures so as not to be seen as narrow, rigid, uncompassionate and “old fashion”. Recently Lauren Daigle refused to identify homosexuality as a sin when asked point blank, saying “You know, I can’t honestly answer on that” adding that she has “too many people that I love” that “are homosexuals”. But the truth is the same today as it was in Hosea’s day (8:7) “When they sow the wind, they will reap a storm!” It is inescapable that when you grab any part of the tiger, you get the whole tiger. For example, we were once told that abortions would only be necessary, safe and rare. And now, with a newly proposed bill in Virginia, you can decide, POST LIVE BIRTH, if you want to allow your baby to live according to an interview with the VA governor,
Here is one of the authors talking about the bill. Be sure to notice it is even hard for her to bring herself to actually admit that abortion would be allowed till the very end.
Fortunately, due to huge backlash from the governor’s interview the bill was defeated yesterday in subcommittee in a 5-3 vote. Woe to those 3.
So you want sex outside of marriage or homosexuality? You WILL get pedophiles and the decriminalization of sex with children in the deal. You want feel good marriages with the option of no fault divorce? You WILL get affairs, pornography and all “shades” of deviance. You want to embrace same sex marriages? Every kind of gender confusion and corruption to include pre-pubescent boys being allowed to perform in gay sex clubs comes in the package (that has happened already FYI). You think “a little” pornography is OK? Porn is never static; it always spirals down into the ever increasing dark reaches of a hell which can never be satisfied. When you choose to compromise even the slightest of God’s moral decrees you cannot escape the harm, descent and consequences from breaking those laws anymore than you can defy the law of gravity. God commanded these laws, not to rob our fun, but to ensure the greatest joy within the boundaries of His moral laws.
We are certainly not supposed to sound off with arrogance, pride or an “in your face” manner our uncompromising standards, but our standards must nevertheless be just that, uncompromising, unmovable and scripturally based, God ordered standards from which we must not be moved. Will we be hated and ostracized for that? Yes, of course we will! But then that should come as no shock to those who read scripture as it clearly indicates that if we are not being loathed by the world then we must be doing something wrong.
The moral fiber of our country has been completely compromised and has crumbled to the ground. We live as God’s ambassadors and servants in a foreign and heathen land. Our job as God’s people is to dig through the rubble in search of those who would repent, be saved and join you on that narrow road that leads to life keeping in mind the sad truth of scripture that only a few will find that lightly traveled road. Matt. 7:14
“Gradually, though no one remembers how it happened, the unthinkable becomes tolerable, and then acceptable, and then legal and then applaudable!” – Joni Eareckson Tada
“If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it’s not the Gospel you believe, but yourself” – Saint Augustine
The ‘ewe’ spelling in the title is very intentional and it will become abundantly clear as to why. Over just the past few months a couple of fairly high profile Christian personalities have taken nontraditional public positions on the subjects of same sex marriage and abortion. The first to stray was Eugene Peterson (The Message) back in July when he replied yes when asked the question as to whether he would perform a same sex marriage. Then a little over a week ago Pastor Carl Lentz (Hillsong NY) was a guest on The View and declined to decry abortion as wrong.
In both these cases the outcry from evangelical Christians was immediate and voluminous. So much so that both of these men walked back their comments eventually landing back on what most would view as solid ground from a Christian perspective.
It has become all too common for popular Christians, or perhaps it’s more accurate to call them pop culture Christians, to feed from both sides of the fence at the same time in the vain, and misguided effort, to somehow make peace with the secular society. Much like the fictional push me pull you of Dr. Dolittle fame trying to go in opposing directions at the same time. Problem is when attempts are made to find nourishment and direction from opposing sides, much like the good Dr’s lama, you have two faces (innuendo intended) two mouths and no (how can I say this politely?) outlet, which basically means you become full of ….. stuff, really messed up and bad stuff.
I can only come to one conclusion which makes any sense to me as to why there is this great effort to appease and pay so much homage to the world and its ways and that is a lack of the fear of God. Maybe there are other nuanced reasons, but I believe if we drill down there is simply a diminishing belief in the wrath of a holy God who will judge the living and the dead.
Will God change His mind, His scriptural declarations and His judgment eventually welcoming all into His holy presence as many other well known Christians would suggest. It could happen; He is after all God and can do pretty much whatever He wants with His creation. I chose to hold with the traditionally held beliefs in scripture of salvation, grace, judgment and hell. If you want to characterize that as being rather safe than sorry or careful then so be it. Personally I would characterize it as finding tremendous gratefulness to, and love for, Jesus who made a way for me to fellowship with the Holy Father. I could be wrong (if I am there is no down side for me), but if not then it could literally be hell to pay for those choosing not to fear and serve a Holy God.
Although I am a Christian, with scripture and the laws of God holding a prominent place in my heart and life, you don’t actually have to be a believer in order to make certain choices given our extensive knowledge of history – unless of course you are intent on repeating it which seems to be the status quo most of the time.
Although some may not view Leviticus as a historical book I am going to “enter into evidence” Leviticus 18 for your thoughtful consideration for the purpose of this blog. In that chapter God indicates actions which have caused judgment to fall on all the former inhabitants of the lands, which in this particular case refers to the land to be given to the descendants of Abraham.
The actions identified in Leviticus are of two specific categories. One is sexual activities ranging from adultery and incest to homosexuality and beastiality and the second is killing or burning the innocents (babies) which in that day were an offering to the god Molech.
At that point in Leviticus we have a minimum of 1500 to 2000 years of recorded history to verify that no people group survived who began to practice these types of activities. And now here we are with an additional 3500 years of history to seemingly confirm that any country which was given over to sexual or social activities which did not align with the more conservative Judeo/Christian ethics (and again although I am referencing religion I am doing so in regards to recorded history) have not survived long historically.
I recognize and understand to some extent the laws of physics such as gravity, Newton’s law of motion and others. But what if what we have seen in history is another level of laws for the physical earth which were also set in place from the beginning which cannot be ignored any more than you could ignore gravity regardless of whether you believe it or not. In Leviticus God refers to the land “vomiting out” people groups who participate in the practices listed earlier as if the actual physical land may have some involuntary gag reflex that plays a role in cleansing itself of people who violate these laws. And He promises the same judgment for the Israelites if they participate likewise. And our recorded history really does seem to confirm this to be the case.
So why should any country or people group today expect that they have somehow learned the secret of immunity to the moral laws of the universe which seem to be just as unbreakable even if somewhat less predictable in the timing or means of execution (double entendre).
So whatever you want to call it, free sex, choice, abortion, “love wins”, MYOB, equal rights, gay or women’s rights; history and the laws of the universe will not be changed or persuaded by some progressive school of thought. I find it especially ironic that many progressives call it “being on the right side of history” to give in and practice such activities. Have no doubt, history (and God) will not be mocked.
Trump is not the kind of (read character/personality) president I would prefer. But then neither was Kennedy, Nixon, Bill Clinton or Hillary (if she had been elected). Personally, I think Ford, Carter, Reagan, the 2 Bush’s and to some extent even Obama conducted themselves with a demeanor that honors the office. I’m not sure I see that happening with Trump. He, unfortunately, is another in a category of what appears to be self serving, and, with Trump in particular, generally not presidential (my opinion). But alas all those mentioned before, and now Trump, were and are our (speaking of the citizens of US) president.
Was he (Trump) locker room boasting or has he actually grab women inappropriately? I don’t know and I suggest neither do you. To talk that way is wrong and insulting to women and to actually act out that way is criminal. I will tell you that I am VERY glad that hidden microphones were not around for some of the hurtful things I have said to Barbie and she feels the same way about some of the things she has said to me. We have truly done more damage to each other by some of our unrecorded words that anything I or Trump may have boasted about in the “locker room”. In fact as I have asked around, most admit that we are fortunate microphones were not hidden in various places for some of the worst things we have said. This in NO WAY excuses what I have said to Barbie or the demeaning way Trump spoke about women. But it is disingenuous for most of us to have some huge moral outrage at Trump while at the same time thanking our lucky stars under our breath that some of our “locker room” outbursts were never recorded. It is at this point I want to apologize to all women for any of the untoward things I have spoken in the past which were insulting towards women. I am glad there were not many, but I am guilty. I am far sorrier for how I have hurt my wife with my reactive or cutting words which actually did damage.
So I get it, Trump is not my kind of president either, but he IS my president. And I actually held my nose and voted for him as, given the candidates we were afforded, I was driven to a single issue and that was abortion. This single issue is defining and dividing our country more than race, gender questions or cake baking. It is an issue that gained significant traction out of the free love generation of the 60’s and the lack of wanting to take responsibility for what all that unaccountable sex produced. Just to be clear, this is a maturity and a responsibility issue not some benign choice issue. A majority of Americans oppose abortion on demand. Science has learned so much since the early 70’s to include the awareness of immense pain the not yet born baby can feel after just a few weeks of growth.
Consider this, we would all be outraged if somebody cut open a beautiful Labrador dog, pulled half a dozen puppies out and cut them into pieces. In fact that person would be arrested and prosecuted for animal cruelty and would likely spend time behind bars. But do the same thing in a PP office and a million people marching for women’s rights will cheer as if that act somehow preserved civility and rights. Or the fact that the majority of women who identified as pro-choice, once shown an actual video of a C&D or partial birth abortion change their position right then and there. My son Chad and I were discussing this subject this morning and he said that a nice white sanitary veil has been hung up to obscure the reality of what is actually happening behind the closed doors of abortion clinics and that people have bought into an idea of freedom, choice and rights that is actually anything but.
I had a close and long time friend write something on facebook this past week to the effect of “if my friends who voted for Trump don’t get it, then just listen”. So this past Saturday, my wife and I watched and listened to CNN and other mainstream media outlets as the “march for women’s rights” events were televised. Maybe it is just us “stupid rural” folks, but to watch Ashley Judd’s rant or Elisabeth Warren describe the things she wants to fight Trump about was to end up very confused. I will just put Ashley Judd aside as I don’t even know what to say about her, but I did not hear very much of what Elisabeth Warren was fighting for that Trump would disagree with or that Trump has not already joined in the fight for. In addition to listening, we also watched. And what we saw confused us even more. For a crowd that was (in truth) protesting Trump’s disgusting antics as much or more than they were advocating women’s rights, we were frankly disgusted by many of the vile signs, costumes and gestures. Remind me – what was this march about??? We saw signs covering the gamut of subjects, most of which had little or nothing to do with women’s rights.
Now top all that off with the fact that if you were a Trump supporter or a pro-life woman, your rights were not to be included or protected in this “noble” cause. In fact, you were not welcomed and if you did show up you were threatened and actually chased from the parade route.
So after actually listening and watching Barbie and I did in fact learn a few things. We learned that well over 50% of the women in America were simply “not welcomed” to this party supposedly promoting all women’s rights. We learned that Ashley Judd is just plain crazy. We learned that many people are, justifiably, upset about Trump’s foul mouth and perhaps actions and are willing to get out and march about it. We learned that the “everyone is welcomed to join” does not actually mean everyone. We learned that if Trump voices support for something it is ignored but if Elisabeth Warren is for the same exact thing everyone cheers. We learned that Madonna wants to “blow up the White House”. We agree that it’s wrong for Trump to say disgusting things but don’t understand why countless people wearing vagina costumes out in public is somehow ok. We learned that an anti-Jewish and anti-Israel Palestinian woman was one of the main organizers of the march which doesn’t sound very inclusive.
Most of these fears being expressed appear to be red herrings to me. I haven’t heard Trump or anybody he has appointed wanting to invalidate gay marriages, destroy the arts (although in my opinion government has no business spending tax dollars there but that is not an attack on the arts), undo LGBTQ rights or in any way destroy education (although this should only be handled at the state level in my opinion). And even though Trump would be called a climate denier, to a person, everyone he has appointed who has been asked in the vetting hearings, agrees that climate change is real. I have not seen any suggestion or indication that any US citizen might be marginalized because of race, gender or religion in fact, Trump has a better record of equal pay in his businesses than Hillary did among her own staff.
Bottom line, listening should be a 2-way experience. But we have learned that it is not always that way. We also leaned that to be included, welcomed or not ignored means something very different with those who lean left than those of us who lean further to the right. It is normally portrayed that the left is the inclusive and non judgmental crowd but this past weekend would suggest the opposite is actually true.
I have been feeling so uncomfortable in recent weeks. It’s like I’m forced to be something I’m not. Like the whole world is against me and I’m trying to swim upstream. It shouldn’t be this way! I shouldn’t be forced to be or drive somewhere I don’t feel compliments my identity. You see, with my English/Scottish roots, I have felt increasingly desperate to be able to express my identity in where I drive. It seems totally unfair and discriminatory to force me, a direct descendant of left side of the road driving Britts, to drive on the right side of the road.
I identify with the left side of the road and I will not be satisfied with a special lane set apart for me – that would be too special and would make me feel even more isolated and ostracized from who and how I have come to feel. You have to understand that only the right amount of special treatment is acceptable and, FYI, this is my racial identity and it’s protected under the civil rights act. It’s all about my feelings and my comfort level and frankly I don’t care about all the people who feel scared with my new found desire/freedom to drive on the left side of the road. Rules be damned, common sense be damned, the other 99.9% of you be damned for your narrow and judgmental attitudes toward my extreme LEFT leaning driving identity. This is all about ME and what I want. I mean really? What’s the worst that could happen?
Hey, don’t blame me for that, I was just trying to express my identity and other people got in the way!