Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Disturbing Transition

"God created them male and female."
These are Jesus' words in Mark 10. He's repeating what His Father said in the first book of the Bible. This is all Jesus needed to say about Gender Identity Disorder. It's all I need to say about it, too. If you don't already understand the simplicity of biological sex (male/female), then I absolutely cannot convince you to think otherwise.

The transition I want to talk about and the one that is far more troubling to me is how rapidly our culture changed its opinion about the Kardashian/Jenner family. It wasn't very long ago when we, almost collectively, referred to the family as self-absorbed, shallow and desperate to do anything to maintain their popularity.

Even the most avid fans of the show saw through the family's behavior. No one, at least to my knowledge, considered "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" to be anything less than the fulfillment of Newton Minow's "vast wasteland" quote more than a half century ago. Consider the context of his speech; he said that about TV more than 50 years ago! Imagine what he'd say today. He didn't even know how correct he was!

And now we get to the present. The now consensus opinion on this family is that they are loving, deeply compassionate and willing to do the right thing at any cost. I don't know this family. I've never watched the show. I'm only going off of every conversation I'd ever heard, read or seen about the family prior to Bruce Jenner mutilating his flesh. No one thought anything of these people until the father lost his mind and obeyed the voices in his head that were telling him to do something insane. Do you see why I'm a bit confused as to how the consensus changed? How did a family who was almost universally despised become universally adored?

We know the answer. We all know the answer. It's because Bruce Jenner decided to deny biological facts. But there's something deeper and something more sinful going on than that. What's at work here isn't the work of one man acting out on delusional fantasies.We're witnessing a massive deception orchestrated by Satan through post-modern thinking.

Think about the hypocrisy of this whole situation. Our country hated (I'm using hate and love very loosely) the Kardashians and Jenners because they were shallow and famous for no good reason. We hated them for their superficial approach to life. Yet now we love them because the father changed his physical appearance. We couldn't stand the family because all they cared about were appearances and now we love the family because the father changed his appearance. Do you see the irony? Do you see the hypocrisy?

Our country is so fickle. We're a people easily deceived because we have no foundation for truth. We think truth (if it even exists at all) is internal and something that harbors itself within our bodies. But we're all different and we're all prone to change. Our wills drive our thinking. Our thinking doesn't drive our wills. People adapt their thinking and their consciences to meet the desires of their wills (Romans 1-2).

Post-modernism is moronic. It's vapid. It's increasingly shocking in its stupidity. It plays by no rules. It has no boundaries. It's just a pile of vomit oozing its way into every crevice of our culture. Its biggest proponents don't even believe in it but they're apparently eager to mutilate their flesh to defend it. In its aim to offer hope to everyone it has in turn offered hope to no one. It can't answer simple questions. It, like a pile of vomit, is a collection of discarded stuff that our stomach didn't want. It's whats left over from centuries of people denying what the Bible teaches.

That's why this country needs Biblical truth poured into its stomach. This is not the time to deny the authority of Scripture. This is not the time to back away from God's word and to instead speak to people's felt needs. This is the worst time ever to focus on people's self-esteem. We need to focus on the one who created us. He should be magnified now more than ever. People have to understand there is universal truth. They have to understand there is only 1 way to heaven.

And people really need to understand that Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins - all sins. He is how we can be fulfilled. Sex change operations, fulfilling lustful urges, making lots of money or getting high are temporary fixes to sin. What we need is a permanent solution. That's why Christ died! Offer that to people. Sin is the problem. The cross is the answer.

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