Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How LGBT and Christianity Are Alike



The LGBT agenda, and the exaggerated outrage over transgenders being suddenly violated by signs on bathroom doors, has brought a fascinating philosophical posture into the limelight of acceptance. In our culture’s zeal to promote gender fluidity, they have aligned themselves with the very principles that they condemn in people of faith. According to this recent controversy, we are told to believe that someone is of the gender to which they self-identify. In other words, even if you lack a "y" chromosome, you can self-identify as a man. Likewise, even if you have a "y" chromosome, you can self-identify as a woman. Our culture now declares and defends the notion of self-identifying gender defying all means of human observation, including scientific observation. In other words, what you can’t observe scientifically is now declared true. And, what science proves to be incontrovertibly false, is also now declared true. Well, what about God?

Before I begin showing how LGBT and Christianity are alike, let’s first explore the similarities between self-identification and God. For decades scientists and their atheist puppeteers have been forcing us, against logic, to deny all that we can’t observe scientifically. As it goes, if we can’t prove God through scientific experimentation, then He does not exist. Ironically, on the issue of gender, society is marching down the opposite path even though they will likely never admit it. And, science remains as the willing puppet. Today, society declares that a man is a woman even though science clearly proves otherwise. In other words, a woman can exist where science says she does not. How is that any different from the notion that God exists in the face of the same circumstances? If a man can self-identify as a woman with zero scientific proof, God can self-identify as God on the same basis. We believe the prior is foolish, but society doesn’t. To further expose the self-identifying absurdities, can an 18 year-old self-identify as a 21 year old in order to drink alcohol if they feel 21? Can a 48 year-old (me, for example) self-identify as a 70 year-old and receive social security benefits? Can a male UFC fighter self-identify as a woman and fight against women UFC fighters? By the way, for those who think these examples are silly, that last example has already happened a few weeks ago to disastrous result.

As prior posts have pointed out citing numerous studies of twins, homosexuals and transgenders, science does not stand behind the principles of the LGBT agenda. There is no “gay gene”. Men are not born women and vice versa. I have heard it even absurdly argued that a mental condition is a product of genetics since it exists as a result of the formation of that person genetically. Unfortunately, all mental mal-conditions fit that broad of an application. But, science does not support that such mental mal-conditions are passed down genetically. Therefore, they are not part of the DNA. Therefore, they are not genetically inherited. Yes, those suffering from mental dysphoria are worthy of our compassion and loving treatment. But, that does not mean that science supports that a man can be born a woman genetically. In fact, science proves the exact opposite. In the face of clear science, are we truly prepared to accept every form of mental mal-condition as just another identity that deserves to freely act out consistent with the dysphoria of the mal-condition? If so, then what about polygamy, pedophilia and bestiality? By the way, why can’t we let Christians be Christians without punishment? After all, everyone else thinks we suffer mentally.

When we boil it down, we know that gender fluidity is just the latest assault on moral absolutes. But, how is the LGBT agenda and Christianity alike? Well, both seek to define human identity that transcends the flesh. Both resist scientific definitions of the physical that exclude recognition of the metaphysical. Both have faith in what eyes can’t see. Both call out an identity which seems worthy of mockery to those who see strictly through flesh. Both lead with identity. But, the main difference between the two is that while we share these similarities, when members of the LGBT community advance such notions they are glorified by our twisted culture. And, Exhibit A of how twisted our culture is, is that this same culture that praises defiance of science by LGBT activists, condemns such activity by Christians. That is hypocrisy. If a Christian self-identifies as the adopted, and full-fledged child of the Creator of the universe, the LGBT activists will be sure to express opposition to such self-identification. But, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander (pun intended).

Further consider that “equality” is the stated goal of their agenda. But, equality is not what is actually being sought in implications. For example, equality does not mean you get to silence your opposition. In fact, if opposition is silenced, inequality is what reigns. Equality means that opposing positions are tolerated to speak and think with neither position being demonized and punished. But, Christian views (and even common sense) are not tolerated today in such a manner - they are certainly demonized. If you believe men should not have access to girls' public showers, you are a “bigot” who is “backwards” and “hateful” along with being “a civil rights violator” and “on the wrong side of history.” You might want to read that sentence repeatedly until it actually sinks in. The desire to silence Christians and/or punish them indicts the agenda as wholly unworthy, period. Any movement that stands in opposition to the very freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution as endowed by God, is wholly unworthy. Those opposed to free speech should be free to speak. And, Constitution-loving citizens should completely ignore and discredit them.

Unfortunately, while the stated goal is equality, the actual result is division. If they were truly motivated by equality they would seek common ground. But, does anyone see any evidence of any desires to find common ground? Or, do we see an agenda that seeks to force everyone else into their way? Don't we all believe that there is a solution that would unite? But, one or both sides are not motivated toward unity. If unity and true tolerance were the guiding principles, all sides would sit down and find the common ground without hurling insults, lawsuits and threats. But, in today’s American culture, apparently guided by a community organizer (a.k.a. divider), that is impossible. So, division conquers all, which means that division will ultimately conquer us. In fact, the LGBT agenda is applauded and encouraged in using tactics including mob threats, stifling free speech, economic boycotts, and punishment through the courts. This leads us to ask a simple question: Who is behaving wrongly, someone protecting young girls from naked men or the agenda demonizing their protectors? Who is truly acting as the bully? Who is truly worthy of discipline in every sense of the word? And, that goes for Christians who act and advocate in a likewise inappropriate manner.

In Mark 3:24 Jesus famously and truthfully said, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” That goes for America too. Sadly, there are principles over which Christians and the members of the LGBT community can agree, but it will probably not happen. We should be able to agree over freedom of speech. We should be able to agree over freedom of thought. We should be able to agree over protection of women and children. All of these are bedrock principles that we all claim to agree with. Unfortunately, the principles of our self-seeking agendas override the principles that are much more worthy of devotion.

Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us that God hates and finds to be an abomination “one who sows discord among brothers.” Sowing discord or causing division is wrong, intolerant, hateful and ugly. But, that is precisely what many are doing in America today. And, maybe division is precisely what they want. After all, division will destroy America. And, maybe the destruction of what America represents is the goal that goes unstated. Christian, regardless of whether that is true, we have an obligation to avoid divisive intent without compromising conviction. If we value the core principles that we hold in common, we would stand firm in them and do so in love. The time will come (probably quickly) for us to be irreversibly divided. Until then, isn’t it encouraging what we have in common?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"All is Well"



There is a saying, “All’s well that ends well.” The saying originates from a Shakespearian play of the same title. But, over the centuries it has taken on its own meaning. For example, for most people, this phrase means that if circumstances end well, then those circumstances were well. But, is that true? For example, does the end justify the means? If a good outcome comes from horrific circumstances, does that make the circumstances not horrific? You might think this post is heading towards an obvious answer. But, you might be surprised. After all, don’t all circumstances lead to eternity exactly as God intends? Does not God ultimately receive all glory for all that will become of man? If God ultimately wins through any and all circumstances, then doesn’t all end well? If so, are all of the sins of mankind “well”? The answer for the unrepentant sinner is no. But, for the Christian, the truth of how all ends, can lead us to display at least in attitude that all is well. This is as true today in our twisted culture as in any other time.

On Mothers’ Day weekend I had the privilege of attending my parents’ church in Eleuthera. On this subject, the pastor, Diallo Ingraham, inspired us all with the testimony of the Shunammite mother recorded in 2 Kings 4. This particular Shunammite woman was a married woman of great faith and wealth. She convinced her husband to build a special rent-free apartment for the prophet Elisha to use as he traveled. In return for her generosity Elisha prophesied for her to have a son – a gift that she never solicited even though she had no children. Years later, while the boy was still young, he came down with a headache and ultimately died in her arms. She then decided to travel to find Elisha. Her husband asked her why she was going to see Elisha, to which she replied, “All is well.” Upon nearing Elisha’s dwelling, Elisha sent out his servant to inquire of her. The servant asked her point blank, “Is all well with the child?” Again, she replied, “All is well.” Upon greeting Elisha, she practically demanded for Elisha to make things right. And, ultimately, God used Elisha to raise her son back to life. In the end, all turned out well. But, is that what she meant by saying, “All is well”? No, it was not the resurrection of her son that made all things well. It was her attitude instructed by faith in the God of all circumstances.

Why did the Shunammite woman say “All is well” upon the death of her only child? Was all well as she was declaring that all was well? Was she trivializing something traumatic? Was she detached from reality? Or, was she declaring and posturing the ultimate reality? In declaring the ultimate reality, her faith framed the present reality. Christian, is all well with you? Are there circumstances in your life worse than that of the Shunammite woman? Is your ultimate reality in God a reality that is well? Are you declaring it or resigning to the present reality of this world that you can see with your eyes? Shouldn’t we approach God in all circumstance with an attitude of peace that passes all understanding? Shouldn’t all be well with us at all times? I realize as I type that, it is a very difficult thing to actually do. Many of us have borne tremendous loss in our lives. But, the Shunammite woman also bore tremendous loss. And, her testimony tells us that all is possible with God, even peace at the worst of times. After all, if we could see what God sees, wouldn’t we have insurmountable peace? For God determines the beginning to the end towards his purposes and glory. And, He will keep His promises to us, His children. And, He promises that all will be well. Therefore, all is well. And, therefore, our attitude should be as well.

Our God not only determines the future, He commands it. He is sovereign, which is why we can trust in and rest in His promises. And, from the beginning of time, God has made to be that which was not. For example, Romans 4:17 refers to God in this way, “God in whom [Abraham] believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” How many times as Christians do we call things as they exist instead of calling them according to the promises of God? The Shunammite woman stands even today as a testimony of what we can declare in all circumstances. When the culture crumbles around us – “All is well.” When evil is rewarded and good is punished – “All is well.” When we are treated unfairly – “All is well.” When the rain falls on the just – “All is well.” Is there any circumstance in which we should not be able to say “All is well”?

In closing, this probably reminds us all of the famous hymn, “It is Well With My Soul.” As a backdrop, Horatio Spafford penned this hymn. But, it was only after tremendous tragedy. In the late 1800s, after the failure of his business due to fire, he sent his wife and four daughters on ahead of him on a ship bound for America. The ship crashed drowning his four daughters. His wife sent back a telegram with only two words, “Saved alone.” As he too was crossing the Atlantic to reunite with his wife, he asked the captain to notify him of when their boat crossed over the site where his daughters drowned. It was on the bow of that ship staring into the unmarked, watery graves of his four daughters that Spafford began to pen these words. Christian, only God can know your pain as deep as you and even deeper. Paul declared in Philippians 4:11, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” As you read these words, allow the testimony of the Shunammite woman and Horatio Spafford to inspire you to trust God to keep His promises to you.

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Weaker Vessel"

Last week, we addressed the growing controversy surrounding the clear need for gender-specific bathrooms. The title of our post was “Men, Honor the Weaker Vessel.” The reference to “Weaker Vessel” was later attributed to the passage in the Bible from 1 Peter 3:7, “husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” As you can imagine, a reference to women being a weaker vessel garnered more attention than the central point of the article. But, should referring to women as “weaker vessels” be received as offensive?

The quick answer is absolutely not. The passage and our post are pointing to the obvious fact that women are generally weaker physically than men. If you can’t see this obvious fact, then you are choosing deficiency over reality. This is not saying that women are weaker spiritually, mentally, or emotionally. This is saying that generally their bodies are weaker than men’s. But, this exaggerated outrage over the reference is a gift as it gives us Exhibit A in the case against selective outrage.

First, a vessel is not the person. Our body, be it male or female, is but a vessel - a vehicle of sorts. The body or vehicle temporarily houses the soul inside. And, it is the soul that completes our identity. And, when it comes to the soul, there is no such verse in the Bible as far as gender-based weakness or strength. That is because at the measure of the soul, who we really are, men and women are entirely equal. A woman is not defined or spiritually limited by the vehicle in which her soul is transported. But, she certainly is physically limited – more on that later.

Of course, it comes as no surprise that those who attempt to define people by strictly the physical would also limit the definition of woman to ignore the spiritual. However, in doing so, these are the true assaults and lessening of women’s identities. It is God who defines women as so much more than their bodies, and so much more than the limitations of their DNA. As Christians we know that women of God, just like men of God, are equal temples of God’s Holy Spirit – equal to men’s. The physical temple is weaker, but not its occupant. And, it is the occupant that defines the temple, not the temple’s infrastructure. Even the Old Testament Israelites worshiped God in a “Tent of Meeting” or “Tabernacle.” And, while larger and more elaborate structures were later built in which to worship God, God showed more glory through the lesser structure of a tent than He ever did in our most elaborate structures.

In addition, as Christians, we know that having a weaker temple is actually a blessing over having a stronger temple. This is precisely why in 2 Corinthians 12:10 God said, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” The weaker the person who submits to God, the stronger they become over the physically stronger person who relies less upon Godly submission. By this measure it is men who should be tempted to be offended by being implied as the stronger vessel (that is if you believe in being offended). Men are tempted more often to miss out on a more complete dependence upon God.

But, women are not the only ones who are physically transported in weaker vessels. Likewise, our children are weaker vessels, and in many cases weaker than women’s vessels. Does that make children any less important than men? Of course that is not the case. In fact, by almost every honorable measure of decent society women and children are to be valued above men. That is why our motto is “women and children first.” The weakness of their vessels makes them no less important. But, the fact that an equally important bearer of God’s image is being physically transported in a weaker vessel requires more valued attention. That is precisely why 1 Peter 3:7 cites weakness as the reason for such vessels to be honored by stronger vessels. God calls us all to honor weakness, not glorify physical strength.

Now, let’s turn our attentions to woman’s physical limitations. The fact is that women are generally physically limited as compared to men. On average, they can’t lift as much weight as men. They can’t run as fast as men. They can’t overpower men. This is why virtually all rape is man-on-woman. Think about it. The fact that our spiritual equal, and other half of God’s personal attributes, resides in a weaker frame commands our honor and protection at all cost. The reason men were given stronger frames was precisely to protect women and children – those of weaker frames from those bent on evil. When we don’t rise up to this duty, we are less than men. As we stated last week, when we do not live up to the command to protect her, like men who “identify as women”, we are men in vain. And, when we reduce women to something less than royal bearers of God’s spiritual image, God is greatly displeased.

If women are to be insulted by this fabricated bathroom controversy, it is those arguing for unisex bathrooms who should be viewed as the most insulting. Do women really want to have their privacy violated by non-transgender male predators? Can a man who genuinely claims to identify as a woman truly understand the travails that a women of weaker frame endures? Can such a man begin to know what a monthly menstrual cycle feels like and how it affects daily living? Can such a man understand the closeness of death afforded by childbirth? Is it not an insult to women that Caitlyn Jenner (a.k.a. Bruce) wins an award for “Woman of the Year”? Can someone born with male DNA ever truly claim to identify as a woman if he is incapable of even beginning to know the slightest thing about actually being a woman? Feeling and acting feminine does not a woman make. After being married to my wife for 28 years and watching her birth three children, nurse them, wean them and rear them, I could never have a clue of what it means to be a woman (neither can a transgender with male DNA). And, my wife likewise can never understand what it is like to be a man. Coming to the delusional epiphany that a man identifies as a woman is the most insulting position to women who truly have to endure all of the above. For example, will a woman object to a man joining a female boxing match shortly after identifying as a woman? Think about it. No, as Christians, we honor women to the utmost – more so than this world ever has or ever will. Men of God value women more than we value self.

Speaking of the world, in this present argument, there is blatant incoherence. Isn’t it the utmost of ignorance to actually ignore genetics? After the world has preached to us relentlessly to uphold science as god, they choose to ignore the very thing they worship. There is no facet of science that stands behind the left on this issue. Why do you think that science continues to search for the elusive (probably non-existent) “gay gene”? That is because they wish to reduce all of us to genetics – that is except for those who wish to one day choose to identify as something they are not. Then, apparently, it is okay to ignore genetics. Well, if someone is born gay (genetics), isn’t a man who falsely identifies as a woman born a man? While we can't find a "gay gene" we found the male and female genes a long time ago. The incoherence is astounding.


In conclusion, women are to be honored by and above men because they are God's spiritual image temporarily housed in a weaker vessel. From a strict Darwinian view, to oppose any part of that notion is suicidal lunacy.

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