Pastor's Corner

3 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

We have seen a lot changes in our country in the past few months.  We have learned that things we have been using or activities we have been doing for years are now culturally unacceptable.  We have changed behavior, gone along with the process and overlooked areas that do not directly impact our life.  There is a movement, however, that no one will be immune to; the Equality Act.  Many Christians are acting as if this is a new idea, out of nowhere, but the idea and the Act have been around politically since 2015.  And since that time there has been nothing “equal” about it. The Act seeks to eliminate biological truths and promote a progressive platform that puts women and children at great physical and mental risk.  If this becomes law, there will no longer be sport teams divided by physical abilities based on gender, there will be no gender designation signs on bathroom and changing rooms.  Those who back the move use the term “equal” to give it a sense of fairness, but in reality it will do harm to young children and further divide us as a nation as we seek to protect our loved ones from those who seek to satisfy their perverted desires.  

Professor Andrew T. Walker sums up the feelings of people who understand what is at stake by writing, “To be clear, Christians reject all forms of invidious discrimination. We believe all persons, including those who identify as LGBT, are made in God’s image and deserve respect, kindness, and neighborliness. But this truth does not necessitate Christian capitulation to the sexual revolution. No Christian who believes that the Bible’s depiction of created reality is both sacred and also authoritative can accept the Equality Act’s underlying tenets. By codifying the ideas that (1) sexuality has no core ethical limits other than consent, and that (2) male and female definitions are psychologically based, rather than biologically based, the Equality Act must be interpreted as an assault on Christian institutions and especially on parental rights—since public education will be transformed to follow the law’s provisions.”

We hear the term unity but we see little evidence of it.  We learned this week that the United Methodist Church will split into a new denomination, “The Global Methodist Church” in 2022.  This is the result of years of fighting off a steady move away from Biblical teaching within the denomination.  The average Methodist member did not understand what was happening at the top tier of leadership until it was too late.  So it is true with the average American dealing with the Equality Act.  Changes are being made at the top without majority approval.  The problem is the laidback attitude Christians have taken for years.  Most are uninformed and ill-equipped when it comes time to act, but with this issue, Bible believing Christians cannot afford to sit on the sideline.  Christians should go beyond opposing the Equality Act on the basis of religious liberty. We should also make clear our concern for those it would harm, including the LGBTQ individuals its supporters claim to be protecting. And we should respond to these supporters by “speaking the truth in love.” We cannot speak the truth if we don’t know what we are talking about.  Take time this week to read a great article by the Denison Forum titled, The Equality Act: What Christians Need to Know.   The Church cannot sit this one out.  

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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