People have their panties in a bunch (pun possibly intended) about the transgender bathroom issue - so much so that those who fall on the conservative side of the fence are calling for boycotts of Target… never mind that other corporate giants like Disney and McDonald’s also strongly affirm the LGBT agenda, but I don’t see very many offering to boycott those institutions (at least, not with the same volume).
Yet, a few have realized that transgender bathrooms have actually been around for quite a while. We usually see them at races, parks, concert venues, and other public gatherings. They’re called a “Port-A-Potty” and have been in use for decades now. Before you automatically turn me off, I do realize the physical harm and danger that seems to be more tangible with this societal direction. I understand that the POTUS (President of the United States) seems to have stepped out of his jurisdiction with his “decree” that all schools follow his rules or lose funding. I’m not arguing any of that…
I do, however, find some humor in the fact that the same people using their voice on social media screaming for a boycott of Target or how horrendous the decree is from the POTUS about transgender issues are the same ones who get highly offended when liberal celebrities say they’ll leave the U.S. if Trump is elected President… many conservatives are ready and willing to boycott and bash liberals for their views. And many liberals are ready and willing to bash conservatives for their views. And they BOTH get offended at the intolerance of the other while screaming for tolerance. Do you see the “Brother against brother” mentality here?
Over the Memorial Day weekend, a gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo was shot to death 10-15 minutes after a baby/toddler got into its cage and the gorilla was flinging the baby around like a rag-doll. When the gorilla was shot (instead of tranquilized, or subdued by some other means), more than a few people used their voice on social media to LAMBAST the mother of the baby for allowing the child to get into the cage, and to continue to call out authorities at the zoo for killing the animal because “he was someone too.”
It’s those same people who are up in arms and seriously grieving the death of the gorilla who have no issue with late-term abortions (which, if you’re unfamiliar with the details of that horrific form of murder, you can read more about it here). In fact, according to the link I just shared, and you most likely just passed right over, in the same time that people have been grieving and protesting the loss of a gorilla, approximately 125,000 babies have been murdered.
If you’re like me (and I understand that I’m somewhat unique), you may be wondering what the heck is going on?! And how do we respond to all of this?
To help with that, let me take this quick opportunity to introduce our BIG series for this fall - “A Study of Thessalonians: Living Between the Already and the Not Yet”.
We’ve seen the issues that society is dealing with, and as followers of Jesus, we look around and wonder where God is and how can it get worse, only to find out just how it does and will get worse.
And we begin to feel hopeless…
We begin to despair…
And we lose faith and trust in God.
You’ve been there. You are there right now - go ahead and admit it. That’s where we’re all at too, sometimes. Welcome to being human.
B U T.
Being human doesn’t overcome the Spirit that dwells within us!! GREATER is He who is IN YOU than he who is in the world!!! GREATER!!
For the math majors, it looks like this: “JESUS > ________”
And no matter what you fill in that blank, the statement is still true.
So what do we do? How do we respond??
We are called to persevere…
We’re called to trust…
We’re called to faith…
We’re called to hope…
We’re called to love.
“Faith, hope, and love abide. But the greatest is LOVE” (1 Cor. 13:13)
Respond in love. Keep the faith. Finish your race.