Pastor's Pen - A Battle Over Ideas
This battle over ideas is front and center in our lives today. If you think you’re not affected by this world view battle, you’re wrong. Two articles hit the newsstands and airwaves last week, both by Time Magazine. One is entitled “Beyond He or She: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality.” It states that there is no need, from a personal standpoint, for you to pick a side of who you are; male or female, gay or straight. We are all evolving, changing and we are “fluid.” The other article is that American companies should pick a side they’re on and who they stand with. Even your breakfast cereal, Cornflakes, should come out and make a statement where they stand in terms of sexual identity. That article is entitled “It’s Time for Every Brand to Pick a Side.” What a hypocritical magazine to float both ideas. What a double standard the anti-God crowd has everyone to live by. They say, personally don’t declare what you are, because we are no longer “he” or “she” but “they.” No more labels. Keep it loose. One day you might feel like a man and the next day a woman. Just go with the flow. Have no boundaries and choose the restroom of your choice on that particular day. What?!?!?
Let me pause for a moment…has this world gone crazy? If you don’t know what you are, you are going against God’s wishes and His design for you. The Bible clearly states “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27) One of the earliest writings of the Bible, and no less in chapter one, God is making a supreme declaration. That biblical principle is being redefined today. This is a silly, perverted and illogical present world we live in. As far as companies having to declare who they’re for and against, I think it is stupid. When I go to the grocery store to buy cereal, I’m going to the grocery store to buy cereal. I’m not going to get my philosophy and the worldview for my life by a cereal box. Who does this? I expect cereal companies to make cereal. Not influence my opinion on American culture. Good grief. This world is strange for a Christian to live in. Have we really arrived at a time where, instead of getting direction from God’s word, we get it from the back of a cereal box? God has given us a pattern for life, guidelines, guardrails and yellow and white lines on the street to stay in between. These guidelines define us, protect us and direct us. A society that chooses to throw off all standards, guidelines and guardrails is most definitely a society that will find itself in a ditch with a smashed up and smoking car. They will be asking themselves the question, “Where did we go wrong?”