On vacation right now so here is something a little fun.
A few years ago my wife made a few pans of brownies for a bake sale at one of the kid’s schools. And, being the perfectionist she is, she cut off all the edges and carefully cut each piece the exact same size. So the school got a few dozen perfectly sized, perfectly wrapped brownies and I got a big bowl of nothing but edges and corners.
I am not exaggerating too much when I say it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
Because I, science, the Bible, and 5 out of 5 dentists surveyed all agree edges are the best.
Even if you do not follow the news that closely I am sure you are aware of a biological male swimmer who recently won a national championship swimming as a female against other females.
The internet is full of commentary about this and not all of it is good, edifying, or loving. I am somewhat hesitant to add to the noise especially when this is an issue that has been hijacked by politics but I feel I must, briefly.
Although the divide between transgender support and disapproval seems to be purely political, what we are really at war over here is biblical truth and objective reality.
We all need to take note that America has lost its way and many of us now have our feet firmly planted on sinking sand. Watch this. I am NOT trying to make a political point here but the video clearly shows an accomplished and highly educated woman denying that she has the ability to define what a woman is. That’s why I wrote above that this is a war. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is no dummy, she knows what a woman is just as much as anyone does. But she can’t say out of fear that she will become a war casualty.
We literally live in a world where even basic objective truths cannot be spoken without repercussions. Let that sink in.
I wonder what would have happened if the senator would have asked the judge is she was a woman and followed that up with “How do you know?” I digress but only to show the utter lunacy of denying reality.
In the grand scheme of things a case could be made that a biological male competing as a female in college swimming is not that big a deal. I mean she is just living her truth, right? Be nice. Be tolerant. Be accepting. Don’t be a hater.
But if you follow the thinking that everyone has a right to live their own personal truth to its end then there can be no ultimate truth and we will all end up living in a chaotic world of lies.
This is important for Christians especially because we have an objective standard of truth and we must stand on it, preach from it, and reason from it.
While all kinds of things can and do go wrong with us—both physiologically and psychologically—the Bible offers no support to the idea that one can actually be a man trapped in a woman’s body or a woman trapped in a man’s body. That may well be a person’s subjective feeling, but it is not an objective fact.
This is not to deny that there are social or cultural elements to gender expression and gender roles. Nor is it to deny that a person’s gender identity may be at odds with their biological sex. The point is, contrary to the prevailing view of our culture, the true gender of the inner person is revealed by the sex of their outer body. Sam Allberry puts it this way:
Our culture says: Your psychology is your sexual identity—let your body be conformed to it. The Bible says: Your body is your sexual identity—let your mind be conformed to it. (Cited in Transgender 43)
If I have learned one thing in all my years on the internet it is that we, as a people, do not argue well. Whether the discussion is about religion, politics, sports, food, or whatever. People HATE to be wrong.
“Here’s another way that Twitter may harm democratic debate,” New York University Stern School of Business professor Jonathan Haidt tweeted in January 2020, attaching a couple pages from Robert Cialdini’s seminal marketing book Influence. “Publicly committing to an answer makes people less receptive to info suggesting they were wrong.”
That, of course, was specifically related to Twitter (the cesspool of the internet) but I don’t think it would be wrong to think the same thing applies to Facebook and every other online space that allows comments.
If you are a Christian, especially a Christian in a leadership position, and you do not have an accountability group, you are an accident waiting to happen.
Character failure is seldom the result of a blowout; it is the result of a long slow leak. We all need people in our lives who love us but are not impressed with us. We need people in our lives who will ask tough questions and call us out when necessary.
We need people who will love us the way we are but also love us enough not to allow us to remain that way.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12–13 we read, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts, and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
You cannot make it alone in your Christian walk. We are a desperate people. I desperately need you, and you desperately need me, and we desperately need each other. There is no room for an independent in the body of Christ because we are all interdependent upon each other—we are one body.
This study shows 68% of American adults (about 172 million people) are ‘Bible curious,’ meaning they want to learn more about Scripture. More Americans were exploring the Bible for the first time in June 2020 compared to January 2020.
Although the study also shows that 48% of Millennials and 43% of Gen Z adults are most likely to report negative effects on their spiritual lives due to COVID-19, I find the study’s results encouraging, people are seeking.
In times of trouble, people will seek comfort wherever they think they may find it and I believe they can sense in their hearts that God’s Word is where comfort can be found.
What troubles me is that the study shows that 8 in 10 individuals who were hospitalized by COVID-19 said they wished they had used the Bible more.
I know God’s fingerprints are all over COVID-19 and that He is using it for His good purpose but it’s still gut-wrenching to me that people have to wait until death is literally knocking on their door before they answer it.
“If you’re searching for that perfect line of logic capable of subduing any objection, you’re wasting your time. There is no magic, no silver bullet; no clever turn of thought or phrase that’s guaranteed to compel belief…We have very limited control over how other people respond to us. That’s largely in God’s hands. We can remove some of the negatives or dispel some of the fog—and we ought to try to do both. But at the end of the day, a person’s deep-seated rebellion against God is a problem only a supernatural solution can fix.”