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SELF IDENTIFY

 Target is now allowing anyone to choose which bathroom they will use. Their choice, however, has nothing to do with their physical anatomy, but on basis of which gender they prefer to act out as. ESPN awarded Bruce Jenner (aka: “Caitlyn Jenner, a “transsexual”), who is a retired athlete that has not competed or coached in any professional sports for decades, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Meanwhile, ESPN also fired Curt Schilling for comments he made on FB about “self-identification” and allowing “transgender” deviants the option of selecting which public bathroom they wish to use. Apple, Google, Facebook, and PayPal all made public statements either condemning or voicing “disappointment” over North Carolina’s dually elected Governor Pat McCrory’s signing into state law a statute prohibiting individuals from using bathrooms contrary to their actual God given anatomy. And only now are some Evangelicals waking up to recent events and making jokes about taking a stand, or about trying to be “missional” while tolerating the madness.

What many Evangelicals don’t understand is that these and other similar decisions are being made by the highest leaders and board members of these and many other major corporations. Some corporate leaders believe they are promoting what they deem to be good and ethical decisions; consequently, they are taking public stands on what they think should be the morals and values of us all. To them these and other related issues are no different than the Civil Rights Movement. Other corporate leaders are merely capitulating to how they interpret our new laws, laws that incidentally are being dictated to us by federal judges rather than the ballot box. They simply see the direction the nation is heading and they are proactively taking steps to protect themselves against potential lawsuits by arriving early at the destination they believe we will inevitable reach.

The point is that these are not “stupid” decisions made by one or two misguided individuals that will be inevitably corrected. No, that is not what going on, and if you think it is then you are sorely misinformed. These are all decisions that the political, social, academic, and financial secular leaders of our country are making because they think they are the moral decisions that they should force upon us. Moreover, many others in the general public that are politically active have united into large voting blocks agree with them, and have empowered them to enforce these very same decisions upon the rest of us.

Regrettably, we have been on this road for a long time now. Unfortunately, it was not clear to some until the war over prayer in the public schools was lost. And for others it was not until Roe vs. Wade. And more tragically, some aren’t seeing it even now. Basically, what is transpiring right before our very eyes is the end of Constantine’s legacy. We are witnessing the re-paganization of Western culture, which means nothing less than humanity’s declaration of independence from God. As far as the secular leaders of our country are concerned God is either a myth, dead, or just apathetic about it all. It no longer matters how he created us because now we can surgically change how we were made in order to become what we choose. First we legalized the surgical destruction of God given life in the womb. Why? Because if we don’t want to be pregnant then we shouldn’t have to be, and any of our previous decisions have nothing to do with it, nor should we be held accountable for them. Besides it’s more about our futures anyway. Until the last century, the womb used to be one of the safest places on Earth, now it is a virtual killing field where in America alone the death toll surpasses that of WWI. Then we learned how to surgically alter our physical appearances in order to be more sexually appealing. Apparently God’s special design for our individual beauty is in some way insufficient for many of us. And now we can LEGALLY choose to simply “self-indentify” based upon nothing more than our own free will—and anyone who thinks God still might have anything to say about it can either shut up or be fired, and sometime in the future be fined or go to jail. And what will be the crime, “hate speech” of course.

That’s right, the same people who pleaded for tolerance and understanding are now gaining legal power and now are firing people like Curt Schilling. And just so there isn’t any confusion about the matter, Schilling wasn’t fired for using salty or vulgar language. Not one word that Schilling used is prohibited by the FCC. No, the “tolerance police” had Schilling fired for being “intolerant”—imagine that. Nevertheless, what Schilling said is obvious to all reasonable people, and is perfectly understandable to parents with children, children that might soon find themselves trapped in a public restroom while being exposed to the genitalia of adults of the opposite sex. That’s right, those who once begged for understanding and tolerance are now wielding their recently obtained legal power with absolute intolerance while demanding submission and/or silence of any who might object. The hypocrisy is staggering, but truth be told it was never really about tolerance to begin with.

It’s time Evangelicals come to the bleak realization that we are entering the dawn of a different era. An era similar to the one of the apostle Peter’s, and about which he wrote: “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of recklessness, and they defame you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Peter 4.1-4). The world in which we live is beginning to find it odd that we don’t agree with them. The question for us is who will we “self-indentify” with? Will we identify with the world, or with the Lord who suffered for the sins of the world? There is no other option. If we choose Jesus then it will necessarily mean that more and more we will disagree with the world, as well as refrain from joining with it in what it promotes and values. And as we refuse to join with the unbelievers of our secular world, and as we lovingly and graciously explain to them the reality of sin and their deviation from God’s will, then they will either repent or persecute us. Unless God graciously intervenes, I’m guessing that they will elect to persecute rather than tolerate us; consequently, we will have to suffer more and more for the cause of Christ—that is if we make the hard choice to “self-identify” with Jesus and embrace the suffering that he modeled for us. But what a blessing that will be; for as Peter said, he or she “who has suffered in the flesh” has lived out “the will of God.”

 

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