This is not a post I want to write. It is not a post, quite frankly, that I ever dreamed I’d need to write.
Our culture has experienced such dramatic change in the last few years that I still find it dizzying. The events of last week are simply Exhibit Next.
In case you missed it, the Obama Administration (the Education and Justice Departments) sent letters to every school district in America threatening them with legal action and the withholding of federal funds if they fail to allow transgender students use the bathroom or locker room of their preferred gender identity.
Coupled with last summer’s sweeping Supreme Court decision to require all states to allow gay marriage, the Administration’s action is yet another graphic example of how the Enemy (and by “Enemy” I mean Satan, not the Administration) has successfully flipped our collective consciousness to embrace what is wrong, sinful, backwards, upside-down and obviously unnatural.
While my words may sound harsh, I am not overstating the case. The scriptures clearly state that as a culture strays from its respect for and adherence to God’s revelation, it will begin to exchange what is normal and natural for what is abnormal and unnatural. It will flip what is defined as evil and good, and promote the former while opposing the latter.
In light of our society’s ongoing rush toward “casting off restraint,” (see Proverbs 29:18), I feel the need to once again offer encouragement, perspective and guidance to all Christ-followers who are equally concerned for our nation’s well being.
Don’t believe the hype, this stuff is still sin.
Every day it seems that yet another Christian celebrity or blogger comes out in support of the gay and transgender movements. Some do so for shock value; some, quite frankly, to attract attention; and others in misguided efforts to make Christianity seem more inclusive. And while these people may find themselves on the “right” side of current cultural trends, they place themselves perilously on the wrong side of biblical teaching and, even worse, God’s judgment.
We need to keep our biblical wits about us and be neither bullied nor worn down into condoning behaviors that God’s Word repeatedly warns us against.
Remember that our gender defines us, we don’t define our gender.
In the creation account found in Genesis 1, Moses tells us that God’s creation of humans was separate and distinct from the rest of his creative work. We were formed in his image and made “male and female.” The lines for our gender identity were clearly drawn for us by God when he created each of us. Being male or female is not something we choose; rather, it is chosen for us by our Holy Father and Creator.
That does not negate, however, the very real struggle that some boys and girls and men and women feel with their gender identity. Such battles can be very real, and devastating for those who must endure them.
(By the way, the best available studies suggest that 0.3% of the adult population identifies as transgender. If we add in children and youth, that number is likely to increase somewhat. Regardless, it is curious that this cultural trend has garnered such momentum and power given that it represents such a small percentage of the general population.)
The gender crises these people experience are the evidence of what I call the Genesis Three Reality in our world. They are proof of the destructive work of sin and Satan, not the work of a loving and caring God. A God, by the way, who never authors confusion.
Our response to those with gender confusion must be as compassionate as it is unwavering. Acquiescence is not compassion. Truth offered in love is.
Our response to those with gender confusion, like those of same sex attraction, must be to continue to point them to Christ and pray for their healing.
Giving in to their chosen lifestyle or gender confusion isn’t loving at all. Rather, it’s abandoning them to the Enemy’s work of stealing, killing and destroying.
Don’t be surprised by what’s next.
Surely you must know that this journey down the slippery slope of sexual relativity is by no means finished. The chilling words of Romans 1:18-32 could well have been written last month, and they give us a forecast of what new moral challenges we might just face as a nation.
Is it legalized pedophilia? The decriminalization of rape or incest? Please don’t feign shock at such suggestions. Why would we stop where we are? Why would the Enemy slow his attacks when we are so close to cultural self-destruction?
The frog in this kettle was done decades ago. You may be disgusted by the brazenness of groups that lobby for such behaviors, but you better buckle up. These fights are coming.
Pray, fast, and cry out to God to heal our land.
The only thing that can stay the hand of God’s judgment on our nation is spiritual awakening. No legislation or court decisions can ever haul us back up and over the slippery ledge of surrender to sin. Only the miraculous, healing work of God can fix what is broken in our land. And only sacrificial, food-denying, sleep-depriving, 24/7 prayer has any chance of moving the heart of our holy God to withhold the judgment we are due and actually send the blessing of revival instead.
The prophet Joel might as well be speaking to you and me when he wrote these words 2700 years ago:
“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness and relenting of evil. Who knows whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him? Joel 2:12-14
I am asking you to give yourself to unceasing prayer.
I am asking you to repent of your distractions and to seek God’s Kingdom and God’s righteousness above anything else in your life.
And, I am asking you, through spiritual warfare, to violently and forcefully oppose the powers of darkness that are ravaging our land.
Because if we do not, if we remain silent before God and continue to act is if nothing is going on, then we only need to look back in history to see the inevitable outcome.
I do not make that statement lightly. Friends, we are doing way more than flirting with national disaster; we’ve spray-painted a bull’s-eye on the heart of our country and are daring God to take his best shot.
Pray he doesn’t honor our request.
I long for a better ending. And honestly, I am believing for one as well.
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