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Girls Need Better Role Models than Beyoncé’


Our Country’s devolved to the point where Beyoncé’ is considered a role model.  I’m not just referring to teenyboppers enamored with her music and dancing style.  No, I’m talking about heads of state.  Both President and Michelle Obama gush over Beyoncé’, referring to her as

“the perfect role model for our daughters.”

I guess the term “role model” has been hijacked by a society sprinting to “hell in a hand basket.”

Webster’s defines the term role model as,

“Someone who another person admires and tries to be like.”

lemonageMany people cite positive exemplars in their lives as role models.  Common character traits to
emulate might be: respectable, responsible, trustworthy, sacrificial, person of integrity, etc.  These attributes seem worthy of imitation and ought to serve as a rule of thumb for those seeking imitable persons.   Though I don’t know Beyoncé’ personally, her public mannerisms and performance antics fail miserably in setting a good example for our daughters today.

I’m not being judgmental, I’m basing this critique upon the lyrics of her newest music release, Lemonade.  According to Danielle Campoamor at Romper, the song stands as an embodiment of how

“you’re entitled to your feelings; and by feeling them and letting them go, you free yourself.”

Campoamor goes on to write,

“This one song from Lemonade, “Freedom,” proved that when it comes to Beyoncé and her creative vision, we’re not ready and we’re not worthy, but we’re in desperate need of her message.”

We’re in desperate need of her message?  What’s the message propelling desperate souls to find solace in the musical talents of  Beyoncé’?  Popular online blogger Matt Walsh breaks it down nicely.  (I’d  share some of the lyrics, but I intend to keep this blog suitable for all age groups.)  Walsh sums up the message of Lemonade in the following way:

Lesson 1: Use sex as a weapon to possess and to gain revenge.

Lesson 2: Find self-worth in your money and the expensive things you can buy.

Lesson 3: See his blog for this one (warning, adult content)

Lesson 4: See his blog for this one (warning, adult content)

Lesson 5: Express your empowerment with middle fingers.

Lesson 6: Eat corn bread and collard greens.

The only lesson in this list suitable for our families would be to eat corn bread and collard greens…and personally, the thought of eating greens turns my stomach.  If your family loves Beyoncé’ and her brand of entertainment, I’m not intending to shame you.  But are the lessons listed in Walsh’s critique, the ideologies we want to instill in our children…especially our daughters?

As Christian parents, it’s our responsibility to lead our children in the “paths of righteousness.”  Her songs, rife with profanities and sexual themes, drive listeners down the broad road of destruction.  Allowing these lyrics to resonate in our mind steers our spiritual GPS away from the admonition found in Philippians 4:8,

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

For in thinking about “such things,” our hearts will be drawn to folks worthy of imitation, and ultimately to the Lord Jesus Christ.  And it’s in Him, where the desperate souls of this world will find true freedom, because true freedom comes when personal repentance meets God’s grace.

Don’t drink the Lemonade.

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Book Review: Mermaid Moon


Whenever I chose to read and review Colleen Coble’s “Mermaid Moon,” I didn’t realize it was the second book in the Sunset Cove Series.  In fact, I couldn’t tell that this was a part of a series, so at no time did I feel lost as the story unfolded.

mermaid moonI am a fan of Christian suspense and mystery and “Mermaid Moon” doesn’t disappoint in those two genres.  Obviously, Ms. Coble researches her books thoroughly before putting pen to paper.  For instance, I’ve never visited the state of Maine, but after reading her book, I feel as if I’ve been there several times.   She weaves a tale around believable characters with a story line that creates suspense all the way to the end of the book.  And though I’m not necessarily a romantic, there’s just enough romance in this novel to appeal to those who love mystery and intrigue and those interested in a love story.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to other thrillers written by Colleen Coble.

 

 

Overcoming the Gag Reflex


My wife and I have been blessed with six kids. Yes, six.  (No, we’re not Catholics or Mormons.  Yes, we know how this happens.)  For years I’ve battled an incredibly powerful gag reflex, and as a first time Dad years ago, I dreaded dirty diapers like the plague.  The not so fresh aroma and the texture of a baby’s poo forced me into the bombastic throes of choking every time I attempted to change a “doody.”  One occasion in particular stands out in my mind.

A few years ago my wife taught piano lessons.  Before she embarked upon this venture with private students, she confirmed I would watch the kids during these half-hour sessions.  I diapershouldered that responsibility, all the while praying without ceasing that our little ones would only go potty and not poo-poo.  One day about fifteen minutes into a piano lesson, my son absolutely destroyed his diaper.  I was tempted to shout for reinforcements, call 911, or hose him off outdoors, but thought better of those ideas.  This. Was.  My.  Job.  I rifled through the diaper bag and found a diaper and wipes, then I wadded up a handkerchief and shoved it into my mouth in hopes to quell the gag reflex.

It didn’t work.

As I opened the diaper, my gagging launched into overdrive.  Within seconds, I sprinted to the bathroom, and for the very first time vomited because of mys son’s digestive byproduct.  After cleaning up and throwing cold water on my face, I heard Delaina giggling, informing the student that I was fine…I was just changing a diaper.  She laughs about that to this day.  Me?  Not so much.

Did you know there’s something that prompts God to vomit?

 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”  Revelation 3:14 – 16

A lukewarm faith turns God’s stomach.

Many Christians go through the motions.  They attend Church on Sunday morning, essentially stamping their time card. These same parishioners shake the Pastor’s hand and thank him for the message, thinking very little about their walk with Jesus until the next Sunday morning rolls around.  Other Christians treat Jesus as a genie in a bottle, calling on His help in times of crisis.  Some believers talk a good game in the small group Bible study group, but during the week it’s difficult to differentiate between their lifestyle and the behavior choices of their lost neighbors.

This activates God’s gag reflex.

We are called to take up our Cross and follow Jesus.  Today, people of all backgrounds and ideologies find the cross fashionable, wearing it as ornamentation on their ears or around their necks.  I think many have forgotten the significance of the Cross.  In Jesus’ day, the cross symbolized one thing and one thing only, death.  When Jesus instructed His disciples to take up their crosses and follow Him, they didn’t rush back to their wives’ jewelry box. No, they understood Jesus was talking about sacrifice…dying to self…putting Christ first.  Lukewarm Christians fail to see the need for sacrifice, and this causes God to be queasy.  Let’s live in such a way we don’t cause God to gag.

Have I overcome the gagging when changing a diaper?  It’s taken several years…and handkerchiefs, but for the most part, yes.  Changing someone else’s baby?  Now THAT’S another story.

Eternity’s Too Long to be Wrong


Yesterday, my eldest son made a courageous decision.  He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.  I know, I know, some of you are shocked, believing Noah made that decision years ago.  Well, he did, or so he thought.

When Noah was 5 years old, he prayed a prayer asking Jesus to forgive his sin and come into his life.  However, for quite some time, he has questioned if he really understood the gravity of this decision…if he truly grasped what it meant for Jesus to be Lord and Savior.  In other words, he has doubted his salvation.  I realize many Christians suffer through periods of doubt.  Personally, I think it’s quite normal for Christians to question their standing with God.  The Enemy uses this tactic to dampen a Christian’s enthusiasm and weaken his witness.  However, these seasons of doubt are usually just that….Seasons.  In other words, the times of doubt are temporary.  Noah’s season of doubt has last for quite some time.  During the invitation at Church on Sunday morning, Noah resolved this issue by praying to receive Christ, stamping out those doubts once and for all.

But why was his decision courageous?  Well, for one, he’s almost 14 years old.  Some teens find “committing their life to Christ” outside the box of being “cool.”  And then there’s the fact that he’s the son of a Pastor.  I mean aren’t preacher kids expected to get it right the first time?  I remember baptizing Noah, and so does our Church family.  Noah could’ve quietly dealt with the doubts, but instead he desired publicly to declare,

“I want to make sure I get this right.”

You see, eternity’s too long to get it wrong.

I imagine there are some reading this who have battled doubts or are unsure of their eternal destination.  If so, here’s what you need to know.

  1. Jesus wants you to know, that you know, that you know that you are a Child of God.  A Christian should never respond, “I hope so,” to the question, “Are you going to Heaven when you die?”  Doubt and uncertainty strips hope and joy from the Child of God.    I John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
  2. If you’re basing your salvation on the bet that you’re being a good person, well, that isn’t good enough. The Bible says, “For it is by grace you are saved through faith, this is not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.”  See the key phrase, “Not by works?”  You can’t work your way to Heaven, but you can work your way to hell.  Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  What is the glory of God?  Perfection!  When Paul wrote this verse he utilized phraseology from an archery competition.  When the competitors notched their arrows, drew back, and released their arrows, the goal was to hit the target, specifically the bulls-eye.  When the archers missed the target, a judge raised a flag and shouted out the word “sin,” meaning the archer had missed the mark.  And we all have.

Today, Noah’s secure in the decision he’s made and is confident now in his eternal destination.  If you’re not, don’t delay.  Feel free to contact me, or talk to a trusted minister or friend.

Remember, eternity’s too long to get it wrong.

Stop Handicapping the Church


This morning we met at Church to prayer walk in preparation for Revival’s kick-off.  Some chose to pray in the Sanctuary; others in classrooms spread throughout the building.  Others of us walked around our church building, calling upon God to move mightily in our midst.  As I walked and prayed, I even asked God to bless the parking lot and those who would choose to worship with us in the morning.  I counted the visitor spaces and then noted the number of handicap spots, all lifted up to the throne of grace.  And then I got to thinking about those things that handicap the church.

Whenever we hear the word “handicap,” our brains immediately picture an individual with a physical disability.  This infirmity might have been caused by accident or through the natural aging process.  Either way, we envision a loss of mobility.  And then a truth struck.  Every church in America suffers a handicap, a loss of mobility and effectiveness caused by lukewarm believers.

The Apostle Paul likened the body of Christ to a physical body, each member a part, gifted with certain abilities and talents specifically geared for helping the Church to effectively reach people for the Kingdom of God.  Paul says it this way,

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”  Romans 12:4-8

When members of the body of Christ choose to ignore their gifts or to participate regularly in Kingdom work, their absence handicaps the local Church.  For instance, if your spiritual gift is teaching, and you refuse to use your gift, someone else has to take up the slack.  What if that person’s gift isn’t teaching, but jumps in to fill the gap because no one else will do it?  Will that person’s instruction be as effective as one whom God gifted to teach?  Probably not.

Let’s use a sports analogy.  Today I watched the Golden State Warriors annihilate the Houston Rockets in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs.  In recent months I’ve become a huge fan of Stephan Curry of the Warriors, tuning into his games when possible.  In the first half of today’s game he scored 24 points in less than 20 minutes.  Once again proving to NBA fans his worthiness to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player.  Sadly, in this game he tweaked his ankle, exacerbating a sprain he suffered earlier in the season.  Though the trainers listed him available to play in the second half, the coach benched his star to save him for the rest of the series.  After the game, one of Steph’s teammates was asked about the possibility of Curry not playing in game two.  He admitted it would be a blow and that it would take more than one coming off the bench to alleviate the loss of the All-Star Guard.  He added that it really wasn’t possible to replace the reigning MVP.

The Golden State Warriors miss Stephan Curry when he’s not on the floor.  There is a noticeable void, and plugging the gap with the 6th, 7th, or 8th man off of the bench isn’t as effective as Curry weaving through court traffic and working his magic around the rim.  And this goes for Christians too.

Christians serve together on the same team.  When teammates fail to show up to “practice” or serve with lackluster effort, the entire Church hobbles along.  Predictably, someone with a servant’s heart assumes another role, but now shouldering a responsibility ordained for another who’s shirking his specific call.  Every sports fan understands the debilitating loss created by a star player’s injury, but not every Christian realizes the integral part he has in the family of God, and how his absence creates a gaping void.

The Coach has called.

Will you get in the game?

 

The Battle for the Locker Room


There’s been a battle raging in Chicago, School District #211. This battle doesn’t involve guns and gang members.  This conflict doesn’t revolve around the spats between rival cliques of mean girls or even two young bucks sparring for the heart of the same doe.  No, this hostility rages over locker room privileges. A transgender student, born male, now transitioning into a female wants unfettered access to the girls’ locker room.  The main problem being, “Student A” hasn’t fully transitioned and is still an anatomical male.  I realize this may be considered intolerant, but allowing an anatomical male to dress in the same locker room as females is absolutely crazy.  I mean even the little boy in Kindergarten Cop properly identified the differences between males and females and knew which bathroom each was supposed to use…

Here’s my main concern, how many young men drooling to gain access to a girls’ locker room will fake gender fluidity. A person who is gender fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more like a boy some days, and more like a girl other days.   I envision teenage boys feeling more like girls on the nights the cheerleaders and dance squads are changing in the school locker rooms.  You know society is screwed up when it’s considered politically incorrect to deny anatomical boys access to public girls’ locker rooms and restrooms.  From my experience with the male gender, raging hormones and claimed gender fluidity should raise ample concerns.

Instead of rushing to label me as intolerant, imagine for a moment the following scenario. I’m a Dad, and I’ve taken my kids to buy groceries.  Naturally, two aisles from check out, my ten year old girl needs to go to the bathroom.  It’s serious.  She’s doing her potty walk.  Pushing a cart full of groceries and herding her other siblings, I escort my daughter to the restrooms.  Noting the posted signs and seeing no “Family Restrooms” option, she skips into the restroom designated for women.   As I bend over to drink from the fountain, my peripheral vision identifies a man, sporting a dress, walking into the women’s restroom.  As a father, do I ignore the fact an obvious male has now intruded upon the privacy of my little girl, or does my gender become fluid momentarily while I charge into the bathroom, preparing to defend my little girl’s innocence? After the confrontation’s over, should I just explain to management and to the local authorities I identified as a female while my daughter used the facilities or that I distrusted the man in the print dress and responded accordingly?  Sadly, to say the latter would be considered hate speech.

The girls in Chicago don’t hate “Student A,” but they cited two reasons for being uncomfortable with sharing a locker room with the gender confused individual. First, he’s anatomically a boy; Second, adolescent girls are already struggling with self-image issues.  Adding a “male” to the mix only exacerbates the problem.  Girls that don’t feel comfortable disrobing in front of other females now must do so with a male present?  Come on.

Until Jesus returns, the only resolution is too plumb in a third set of bathrooms for transgender people. Don’t give me the argument that this wrongly targets and draws attention to transgender individuals in the public square.  A few years ago, I hawked cell phones for an Alltel agent in a Wal-Mart a few miles away.  One day a man, sporting a sundress stopped to inquire about rates.  I could’ve overlooked the dress and pumps, but he hadn’t waxed any visible part of his body…including his chest and back.  No, walking into a transgender bathroom doesn’t draw undo attention…a man in a dress and heels does that already.

I’m not trying to minimize the struggle of gender identification. In fact, I see this as a spiritual issue.  Ever since the Garden of Eden, the Devil has planted doubt in the heart of mankind.  A question we all mull over from time to time is,

“Did God really say…?”

So, did God really say, “Let there be males and females?”  Absolutely.  If the father of lies can plant a seed of doubt about one’s gender, why wouldn’t he?  Humanity is the crowning glory of God’s Creation.  To question God’s intent on gender, characterizes the Creator as One capable of mistakes.  When in reality the mistake is allowing males and females to change in the same locker rooms.  If you question why, make it a family movie night and watch Kindergarten Cop.

The truth often comes out of the mouth of babes.

Today is a Special Day


April 13th marks a special day in our household.  Three years ago, two things happened that brought incredible joy to our family’s life.  First, on this day three years ago, Noah ended his chemotherapy by taking his last Methotrexate.  After two years of intense treatment for cancer, he crossed the finish line, and is cancer free to this day.  But something else happened on this day three years ago.  We welcomed another bundle of joy.  Abigail Oliviah Joy entered the world to help us celebrate Noah’s milestone!

(Let me interrupt with a quick side note about Abby’s name.  If you note, her name includes the “ah” ending which means “of God.”  My wife and I couldn’t decide upon a middle name, so we compromised and used both of our favorites.  I chose “Oliviah” and my wife preferred “Joy.”  The interesting thing about the name “Oliviah” is that her name means, “Her Father’s Joy.”  Her middle names actually could read this way, “Her Father’s Joy, Joy.”  A double portion of joy and she certainly lives up to her name.)

The significance of this day still brings tears to my eyes.  But something else happened that day that truly reminded us of God’s goodness and His presence.  During Noah’s cancer journey, we adopted Laura Story’s “Blessings” song as our own.  It truly spoke volumes to our family as we came to grips with the day to day battle of cancer and the debilitating side effects of his medications.   Delaina and I cried countless tears, and Ms. Story’s song spoke to our pain.  As Abby entered the world, both Delaina and I noted that Blessing’s started playing on the Pandora App.  Coincidence?  I think not.

At that moment, God reminded us of His love and His promises.  He had not abandoned us in our “valley of the shadow of death;” He was abiding with us as we celebrated a saved life and a new birth.  And today, in case you’re waging a battle of your own, let me encourage you with these words,

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

 

What Happened to the Black and White World?


At 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday, I carve out a thirty minute lunch break to eat a sandwich and watch one of the greatest shows of all time…Andy Griffith.  I don’t care for the newer, colorized shows featuring Warren instead of Barney.  No, I love watching the old black and white episodes and laughing at the antics of Andy and Barney.  I’ve introduced this classic television to my kids and they also enjoy it.  The Andy Griffith show tickles the funny bone and often weaves a valuable moral lesson amidst the laughs.  When the show’s on and my kids are watching, I can leave the room and not worry about my children’s eyes or ears being assaulted by raunchy images or vile language.  The episodes clearly point out the evils of lying and gossip and the importance of loyalty and obeying the “Golden Rule.”  Not only were the early shows filmed in black and white, but the morals were taught in definite shades of black and white…No gray areas to confuse the young and the young at heart.

We no longer live in a black and white world.

Our culture preaches a doctrine referred to as “moral relativism.”  In other words, what might not be right for you may be right for me…and vice versa.  Our society has shoved moral absolutes from the public sphere and replaced them with moral ambiguities.  Behaviors and lifestyles once deemed universally sinful are now championed in sitcoms like “Modern Family.”  Fifty years ago, Andy Griffith implied to a gathering of men that if there were no women around, man wouldn’t be able to enjoy a married life.  Today, that statement would be met with outrage and the perpetrator of the verbal insensitivity would be harassed until he apologized.  Somewhere between Myer’s Lake and 21st century America, we’ve lost our moral compass.

Maybe it started in the 1960’s during the reign of free love and hallucinogenic drugs.  Maybe it started when one woman’s hatred for God precipitated the eventual ousting of prayer from the public schools.  Maybe it started when the highest court in the land found a woman’s right to abortion to be scrawled in the Constitution of the United States.  Or maybe it started earlier, much earlier, when the Enemy promised godhood to humanity for a forbidden bite of tantalizing fruit.

And therein lies the problem today.  We desire to be gods, creating our own lists of do’s and don’ts, disregarding and ignoring the truths of the Bible.  If God’s “Thou shalt nots” cramp our style or our own adopted morals and values, we toss them aside, explaining the Bible’s out of touch with 21st century crowds.  Sadly, we forget that even though people might “evolve” on morals, God does not.

It’s interesting to note that the Andy Griffith show is set in Mayberry, North Carolina.  Neighborly, upstanding, and God-fearing would be a few of the adjectives to describe its population.  Today, Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert appearance in North Carolina because a law passed requiring men and women to use their own restrooms.  Can you imagine the outrage in Mayberry if a man trotted into a woman’s bathroom?  Andy and Barney would haul him off to jail and seek to find the individual help.  Finding that person help today is deemed insensitive and bigoted.

“Let people be who they want to be, ” they cry.

How about being the person God created him to be? Novel idea, huh?

Well, not a novel.  It’s a Bible idea.

I don’t believe the future of America hinges on this next Presidential election.  I believe it hinges upon the actions of Christian people.  Throughout the last few decades, we’ve failed to protest the leftist turn of our Country for fear of being labeled intolerant.  But it’s that silence which allows the voices of aberrant behavior to dominate the conversation and to hijack the culture.  No, we cannot remain silent.  We must teach our children right and wrong, black and white values without  cracks and crevices for the “But what ifs…”

But where do we begin?  There’s one step we must take before jumping into the cultural fray.  It’s found in II Chronicles 7:14,

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.”

I challenge you to personal revival, then to join the people of God in battling for the soul of America.  And if our Country chooses to vote for a “Third Obama” term and drive a stake through the heart of America, then keep your eyes fastened on the Eastern sky, for surely Jesus’ return is soon.

“Come quickly Lord Jesus.”

Boys Will Be….Girls??


I loved attending Sunday School as a child.  In fact, some of my earliest memories of Sunday School include the teacher hoisting a flannel board onto an easel, the back drop for characters that adhered to the fabric.  One morning, the teacher stuck Adam and Eve to the board, each wearing strategically placed fig leaves.   The Genesis account shares the story of God’s Creation, including the forming of the first couple tasked with being stewards of His beautiful and perfect Garden, Eden.  Genesis 1:26-27 reads,

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

A few months ago, it was brought to my attention that Facebook users are offered 58 gender options.  I read through the list with my wife, both of us shaking our heads, marveling at the mass deception being waged against humanity.  Genesis plainly teaches that God created two sexes, male and female.  In fact, humanity was God’s crowning achievement, creating humanity and only humanity with the opportunity of enjoying a personal relationship with Him.  Obviously over the past several thousand years, the Devil has wormed his way into the minds of some, sewing seeds of confusion about gender.  No one who understands spiritual warfare and Satan’s tactics doubts the turmoil suffered by an individual who is gender confused, but in no terms should a man (gender confused or not) be allowed to utilize a public restroom reserved for women only.

I saw a news story a few weeks ago about a lady in Michigan that was stripped of her Planet Fitness membership because she chose to make a big deal about a transgender individual using the women’s locker room.  On the day in question, a man walked into the locker room while she was changing.  She reported the individual to the front desk.  The employee manning the desk explained Planet Fitness has a “no-judgment” policy which allows people to use changing rooms based on

“their sincere, self-reported gender identity.”

The woman phoned Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and received the same response.  She commented,

“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room.  I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or transvestite.  I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”

And why shouldn’t she be uncomfortable?

And now a retail giant has jumped on the political correctness parade.  Target has just announced that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some of their kids’ departments.  The bedding department will no longer feature boys’ and girls’ comforters and the toy aisles will no longer feature backdrops of pink and blue.  An Ohio mom praised Target for its decision, calling the “color coded” divisions in toys “regressive and harmful.”  With this mentality, soon, gender reveals will be considered harmful to the baby in the womb.  Maybe everyone can just celebrate “it” at a baby shower….

Recently, North Carolina passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as HB2.  Under HB2, people in North Carolina are only permitted to use public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex, defined as

“the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.”

Obviously Americans need to rent Kindergarten Cop and be reminded about the differences between male and female genitalia.  Women and especially young girls should not feel threatened and uncomfortable by a man’s presence in a bathroom or public shower facility.  Have we drifted so far as a society we fail to consider that males might experience temporary “gender identity” crises any time they want to ogle girls in the locker rooms? I hope women carry mace into these public facilities being invaded by men who identify as women for the sole purpose of leering at females in various stages of undress.  If I ever see a man follow my wife or daughters into the bathroom at the Mall, I too, will identify as a woman for that moment in time….Why can’t men be men and women be women?

You know, like it used to be?

We definitely need to pray for those who struggle with gender identity issues, but we also need to stand firm on our principles, requiring people to use the facilities that match their genitalia, not their feelings or their “I’d rather be’s.”  God created two sexes.  We should celebrate His creative genius and celebrate the sexes.

Not 58.

Just 2.

 

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