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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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