I am also voting for sexual sanity.
I don’t suppose there is anything more fundamental to life than the notion of male and female. Whether we look at lions or tigers or bears, the animal kingdom survives because of this basic, yet amazingly awesome reality: God created life and delegated to it the responsibility and privilege to unite as male and female and bring forth fruit… producing new life. He even created the plant world with “male and female” characteristics and their central charge was to be fruitful... agents of life. When He then came to Adam, God even emphasized that this creature, made in the image of God, was incomplete until the Creator formed the female. He then brought them together and charged them as well to “be fruitful and increase in number”. It is important to look again at the words the Holy Spirit moved Moses to write concerning this moment in creation:
“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
God is socially complex. He exists as three persons in one. Unity and diversity. When He created man in His image, He created great diversity (wow!) in the male and female, and then brought them together in an exquisite unity… a unity meant to glorify God and produce godly offspring (Malachi 2:15).
This is so fundamental to life and the human race that it would be insanity to deny this reality.
Yet, here we are, marching toward sexual insanity.
The current administration, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to all academia (May 13 2016). In that letter was the threat of the loss of federal funds and possibly prosecution if schools discriminated in any way against (read this carefully) sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Specifically expressed in the letter were:
Schools must not test a transgender student’s sincerity when proclaiming his or her transgender status: no birth certificate, diagnosis, treatment or other requirements.
Schools must use the name and pronouns requested by the transgender student. (If an 8 year old insists he/she is some Avatar mutant who must be referred to as “Zin” and pronouns “ve” and “vis”, schools have no choice but to comply.)
Schools must permit the transgender student to use facilities consistent with their gender identity and may not insist on individual-user facilities.
Schools may not utilize stereotypes of transgender students regarding their participation on athletic teams. (This should bring an end to things like “Men’s volleyball” or “Women’s soccer”.)
The Clinton/Kaine Platform and Team will continue this insanity and most likely expand it.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is an election between two personalities (personalities that are, suffice it to say, less than perfect). That is what you are meant to think. But it is much more than that. There is a worldview behind the Clinton/Kaine Platform that is seeking to further entrench this insanity as well as the insanity regarding life and marriage and issues yet to be discussed such as religious freedom, a tsunami of debt, and the continual rise of the federal beast, which should be scaring the pants off of all of us.
Again, on the issue of sexuality, the two party positions are polar opposites.
I’m voting for sexual sanity.
I encourage you to consider doing the same.
P.S. Briefly, here is what is happening. When we, as a culture, reject the notion of a Transcendent right and wrong, expelling from the public square the reality of God, then the state will, for a time, promote the notion that the individual is divine and carries the innate right to determine their own truth and identity. Miley Cirus declares herself/himself/itself as a “pan-sexual” who is not tied to the suffocating transcendent notion of male and female. A student can declare to be an Avatar mutant, and we must bow to “Zin’s” self-declaration. The divine individual can declare that a Bible on a POW display offends them and we must submit to his divine sensitivities and comply. BUT, do not be deceived! The state only allows this for a time, in order to destroy the transcendent foundations. Then it will crush the individual. This has been the demonic order of all the nations in the past. It was the lie of Satan to Eve, who promised her divine prerogatives and desires, only to lure her into destruction. It extends to Marxism and Communism that fools the “proletariat” with the same promises in order to topple the “bourgeois” only to later enslave the people. It is the march of all political power unbridled by "religion and morality" as the Founders put it.
All of this is insanity… discarding true reality for momentary pleasure that leads to death.
Do not give in to it.
I am also voting for marriage.
There are some who would say this battle is over. The Supreme Court ruled and now, supposedly, “the law of the land” is that marriage no longer means the binding together of one man and one woman. But the Supreme Court also declared that it is legally right to kill a baby in the womb. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to fight for life. And, I will continue to fight for God’s design for the family even though one judge in a robe voted to throw out natural marriage.
On one of the many occasions when the Pharisees came to test Jesus, they asked Him a marriage question. Jesus responded by taking them back to the beginning:
“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
This is the design for marriage. It is bound up in the nature of the Triune God who created two very diverse human beings and then forged them into one unity. God is socially complex, consisting of diverse persons bound together in a unity, and it is out of this divine nature that God created the entire universe, which consists of diverse pieces, and parts that are all bound together in a unity of relationships. Even the atom is a unity of diverse members. So, too, everything in the universe exists in a system made up of diverse elements. The family could well be the most important of all of God’s systems. He created the male and the female, very diverse, and brought them together for the purpose of bringing forth children.
We read this in Malachi 2:15:
"Did he not make them one [the male and the female], with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring."
Here is the third member in the design of God for the family: godly offspring... children.
This design of the family is under great attack. It is under attack from the state, where policies have provided incentives to have children out of wedlock. Liberal policies have been the largest reason why the black family has gone from the most intact family to now the most disintegrated.
It is under attack from entertainment and media. Television and movies increasingly undermine God’s design. Music and rap make a mockery of sexual purity.
The two political parties are on complete opposite sides here.
The Clinton/Kaine Platform and Team are clearly opposed to any support for the biblical design for marriage and the family, instead pledging full support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and sexual identity agendas.
The Trump/Pence Platform and Team are clearly committed to marriage between one man and one woman. Here is an excerpt from the Trump/Pence Platform:
“Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values. We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a “judicial Putsch” — full of “silly extravagances” — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.”
These two party positions are polar opposites. With regards to God’s design for marriage, there is only one choice here.
I’m voting for marriage. It is the backbone of our society.
I encourage you to consider doing the same.
On 9/11, 2,996 people were murdered in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in the field in Pennsylvania. We mourned. Republicans and Democrats joined in prayer on the Capitol steps. The nation was stunned.
Yet every day, we murder more than that in our abortion clinics.
Day after day.
Week after week.
Over a million babies a year.
Dismembered, heads pierced with scissors, cut into pieces and thrown in the trash, body parts harvested for commercial use.
It is not “politically correct" nor comfortable to speak of these things. We are like the Germans who didn’t want to think about the Jews being incinerated alive in the ovens not too many miles away from their comfortable homes. We would rather ignore the horror of what is really happening.
But it does.
I cannot imagine the screams of the blood that cries up to heaven.
The United States leads the world in the murder of innocent babies in the womb of its mothers.
Yet, we don’t mourn. We don’t gather together on the steps of the Capitol every day and pray in anguish over this.
There is, instead, one political party that celebrates this “right”.
I know I spoke openly against Donald Trump in the primaries. I believed we had better choices available to us then.
But we now have only two real choices.
And when it comes to the issue of life, there is only one for me.
The Clinton/Kaine Platform and Team is clearly on the side of abortion: funding it, promoting it, ensuring it will be codified in health care laws and regulations; forcing it on employers to provide it though those employers may believe it is horrific to do so.
The Trump/Pence Platform and Team is clearly on the side of life: defunding it from federal support, stripping it from health care laws and regulations; pursuing ways to reduce this horrific holocaust that is a stench in our nation before a holy God.
There are only two real choices. Don’t be fooled in this. Voting for a third party is a wasted vote and a vote for abortion. Sitting out and not voting is an abdication of responsibility and a vote for the same.
I am voting for life.
I encourage you to consider doing so as well.
In the new release “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” we will be treated with one of our culture’s common threads: vilify all things good.
In the movie, the delightful tradition of a “hero” is once again sacrificed in an attempt to destroy the notion that there is anything truly transcendent…all appearances of good are tainted with evil. We have a penchant for turning heroes into men of shame; sowing seeds of doubt about the righteous warrior; making us suspicious of the saint; dubious of the honorable knight.
This is the enemy’s playground. The world, the flesh, the enemy, and the gravitational pull of a fallen world will continually attempt to make us think that truth and good and honorable and righteous and faith and love and virtue and honor and valor and even male chivalry are to be suspect, to be doubted, to be viewed with skepticism, sensing some selfish and evil agenda hidden behind the veil.
The attack upon good is not new.
Satan convinced Eve that God was oppressive.
Elijah was charged with “troubling Israel”.
Stephen was stoned; Daniel was thrown to the lions; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were put in the furnace, Jeremiah in the stocks; John beheaded; David hunted; the Disciples martyred; the righteous tortured, mocked, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, put to the sword.
This is the lot of Right in a fallen world.
But never so much as when the Man of Righteousness was vilified. He was accused though He did no wrong; He was mocked though He was pure; He was scourged though He was perfect; He was crucified though He was blameless.
The world hates right; it hates good; it hates truth and true love; it hates purity and innocence; it hates the wonder of divine marriage; it hates the exclusivity of true sex and one God and absolute Truth.
We celebrate this day, not because we are sadistic, but because of the One who demonstrated true agape love for those who were His enemies. He did not revile, though He was reviled.
The hymn says “It was His love that kept Him there” and it was, for He could have called upon a legion of angels at least or He could have breathed out a word and wiped the entire universe out of existence.
But He didn’t.
And now His Remnant remain in a world that continues to hate what is right and good. It will continue to try to make Batman selfish and Superman vindictive. It will make us suspicious of cops and pastors and husbands and businessmen, not that they are without sin, but with the objective to destroy the design.
It will continually paint believers with all kinds of evil colors and charge us with increasing crimes of the cultural covenants.
But He was crucified and satisfied the wrath of God for us.
Yet the wrath of the world remains and we remain subject to it. But the wrath of the world is nothing compared to what we deserved.
So, we endure with perseverance, changing what can be changed, ever pursuing righteousness in all of life, yet recognizing that the wrath of man is not directed at us, but at Him and all things good.
“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9
The Senate finds itself boxed into a “no-win” corner. This is where Republicans almost always end up when they try to play the game of politics. Democrats do a much better job and always win at this game.
“Playing politics” is what George Washington loathed. He hated political parties because he believed that one would become more interested in pursuing the benefit of the party rather than pursuing what was right. That position, of course, was held at a time when men saw “doing right” and the good of the country as synonymous.
When Justice Scalia died, sadly so, the Senate made a bold move. But, unfortunately, it was a political move rather than a principled move. McConnell boasted loudly that the Senate would not confirm any nominations from Obama but would wait for the next President.
This, in my opinion, was foolish.
Not only was it wrong, but it also picked up the gauntlet and jumped into the political game against much stronger and more clever political opponents.
The mouse roared and the lions smiled.
The President rightly invoked the Constitution, even though he has mostly ignored it up to this point, stating that it was his Constitutional right and responsibility to nominate a Justice to replace Scalia. The Senate puffed up its chest and responded with its Constitutional authority to confirm and they weren’t going to confirm anything Obama would put forward.
Obama responded brilliantly by nominating a perceived moderate, Merrick Garland, a man whom the Republicans have, in the past, praised.
Now the Republicans are in a political pickle. With Blue Media against them, they will lose no matter what they do. If they persist in refusing to examine the nominee, they will be skewered in the media, rightly accused of being obstructionists and “playing partisan politics”. This will further disgust them in the eyes of the electorate, although it is hard to imagine their ratings could go any lower, and could well flip the Senate to the Democrats in the general election.
If they give in and examine Garland, then they will appear to have their tail between their legs, obviously having lost in the game of politics to a superior. Not only that, but many conservatives will skewer them as well for “giving in” and examining a man that will move the court away from Constitutional Law.
In my humble opinion, the Senate should have taken this as a great opportunity to articulate the critical need for the nation to return to the rule of Constitutional Law; to enumerate the many ways the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch and even the Legislative Branch have ignored the Constitutional Contract under which they are to operate. Justice Scalia was a man who stood for that principle and the Senate believes that it is in the best interest of the nation to turn back to those principles. Therefore, the Senate will be pleased to examine any nominee who will also uphold Constitutional Law.
Now the Senate has taken a stand for a principle that is right rather than a political game of who can muster the most power. Furthermore, the Senate is in a position to hold to that principle regardless of who is sitting in the Oval Office.
It is very, very possible that the “next President” will nominate a Justice who will be much worse than Garland. What will the Senate do then? They have already stated foolish things like “let the people decide” meaning whoever is elected President this fall can nominate whomever she wants and the Senate will have to confirm because "the people have spoken".
There is no “principle” here…only raw politics.
When the game of politics is played versus principles, right loses.
Might does not make right.
Never has, never will.