A TWISTED INTERPRETATION OF RIGHTS

The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Here is what the colors supposedly mean. (from here)

Liberal Democrats are out of the closet now. If we cannot recognize the absurdity of what these people want — if it is too late — may God find it in His heart to correct us rather than allow us to destroy ourselves.

Am I guilty of hyperbole? I wish. Here is a starkly graphic example, The Truth About Hate by Tricia. It begins thus:

This has got to be the dumbest piece of news I’ve heard all month, perhaps even all year and that’s really saying a lot.  A faith based women’s shelter in Alaska called Downtown Hope Center is currently embroiled in a nasty battle with a city agency over a discrimination complaint filed against the shelter for refusing to take in a biological man who identifies as a woman.

Timothy Coyle, who now goes by Samantha, had been ejected from a nearby homeless shelter for fighting before showing up drunk and wounded at the Hope Center’s door. He was denied admittance, but was provided cab fare and sent to the ER for treatment.  When he came back the next day and again was turned away, he filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission,  claiming he is female and transgender and so belongs to a protected class that the Hope Center discriminated against by refusing to let him stay there. (continued here)

In the recent past people would have drawn the obvious conclusion. Timothy Coyle has mental problems, and he needs help from psychiatrists. He does not need help persecuting abused women. Yet that is the kind of help some people would give him. Why? Here is the comment I left at ‘s post.

Citizen Tom says:

Good post!

Here is where I think the trouble began.

For some time now, most folks have accepted transgender people and their wish to change genders. While it’s probably impossible for outsiders to fully understand why a person would do this, most of us generally don’t like to see others suffer and are fine with people changing their sex if it offers some relief. (from here)

Empathy cannot change the reality of pain. We have to deal with the situation as it is.

In the past society did not humor the fantasies of such people. Was that a problem? Did some bullies bully the sexually confused? Yes, but we cannot just wake up one morning and find we have changed our sex. That only works in the movies. When people demand that everyone else must adopt their fantasies, they have to violate the rights of others to enforce their demands, and that is the problem you have described.

When people argue for the alphabet soup of LGBTQ rights, they are just demanding that we all participate in LGBTQ orgies. It is like a teenager who wants everyone else to smoke because he smokes. He wants to remove his shame by causing everyone else to sin. How does that doesn’t work? It just makes what was one person’s sin everyone’s sin.

Sexual sin is just one kind of sin. Even if we are sexually straight, we all sin, and none of us want others to judge our sins. Therefore, any of us can empathize with the sexually confused. Because we don’t want others to judge our sins, there is a passage from the Bible we all love to quote.

Matthew 7:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Not Judge

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Does this passage mean we should not judge others? That is the way we may wish to interpret it, but that is not what Matthew 7:1-5 says. What that passage says is that we should judge others as we would like others to judge us. Instead of judging our neighbor’s soul, we should judge his behavior, and we should help each other to improve our behavior. This is a humbling lesson in humility, and it is a brutal application of the Golden Rule. In addition to holding others accountable, “I” must allow others to hold me accountable.

Dear reader, do you still doubt that we are not required to judge others? Then consider the next verse.

Matthew 7:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Unless we do judge other people, how do we obey Jesus’ injunction to refuse to give what is holy to dogs and to refuse to cast pearls before swine. How do back away from the dangers posed by unrepentant and shameless sinners? How do we protect each other from the depredations of the dogs and the swine among us? How do we keep ourselves from becoming a dog or a swine?

When another judges me, should I listen and pray to know the truth?

Psalm 139:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

 

10 thoughts on “A TWISTED INTERPRETATION OF RIGHTS

    1. Whoops, meant to add my response to your comment for context:

      “Thank you! You bring up some good points Tom, most of which I agree. I think an awareness is needed on all sides though that there are just some things none of us can really know for sure. Biological sex cannot be changed but if someone wants to live their life as a different gender, I’m ok with it as long as societal norms don’t have to be turned upside down to cater to such a tiny percentage of the population. For the left though it does because it’s not about allowing people choices on how to live their lives but forcing others accept it.“

      Back to this post, judging right and wrong is an important and necessary part of Christian. As IB states below though it’s a tricky balance due to our own sin and private motivations for calling out bad behavior. Living in a free and democratic society require us to let people choose their own way of living as long as it doesn’t harm others. I’m not saying giving people special rights and protected class status is ok, by the way.

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  1. My first commandment, to love others, often seems to slam up against “judge not.” You can love people without condemnation, but you simply cannot love them without judgment. Take drinking and driving for example, you can’t be tolerant or let them self identify as “sober enough to drive.” Judging in cases like that can actually save lives.

    A pastor taught me something cool about Matthew 7, about how it is all about projection. When you point a finger at someone, look at those four other fingers on your hand now pointing right back at you.Check them all out, BUT if all four of them are clean,fire away, because you’re simply speaking the truth in love.

    “As you judge,so shall you be judged.” It’s serious business, we need to be very careful about our motivations and the condition of our own hearts. But the bible doesn’t say, “never judge,” in fact it says, “don’t you know you’ll judge the angels someday?” If we can’t judge the wrongness of one broken man persecuting some abused women over his alleged “rights,” we are a bunch of sad sacks, indeed.

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  2. @ Tom

    You stated,

    For some time now, most folks have accepted transgender people and their wish to change genders. While it’s probably impossible for outsiders to fully understand why a person would do this,

    I concur I can not understand why either. Will a judge understand why better than an “outsider?”

    Does this mean when a transgender orders them to do whatever they want to mean everyone should first call a lawyer now to protect themselves from a lawsuit?

    If so, perhaps it would be better to just avoid any contact with transgenders?

    If one asks you for help, just direct them to the nearest police station. Police are supposed to be trained to deal with trouble.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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      1. You comment reminded me of one of my police experiences at Christmas time while on foot patrol in downtown Elmhurst,

        I was called to the local drug store because of a drunk was causing disturbance problems in the store.

        The store was one half block from the police station and I asked the drunk to come with me to the station so I could help him call a cab. He decided it was a good idea after I told hem if he did not come willingly, I would arrest him.

        At the station, the Sargent agreed we should just call a cab rather than arrest him. When the cab came, I walked him to the cab and wished him Merry Christmas.

        Ten minutes later he was back at the station accusing me of stealing his wallet. The desk Sargent told him to either go back to the cab or we were going to arrest him for public drunkenness..

        He thought about it for a minion, then turned went back to the cab muttering that police were all thieves etc. etc.
        He did not come back the next day. Maybe he found his wallet or sobered up enough to decide he better just forget about making a complaint he could not prove.

        The moral of the story is sometimes it is best to have a policeman handle obvious problem people to avoid getting sued later by them like what happened in this post.

        Regards and good will blogging.

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        1. Problem people? What a delightfully polite and gentle euphemism! That’s what we pay the police to do, handle problem people (which includes far too many of us). 😬

          God Bless our police forces, and thank you for your service. Good cops are definitely under appreciated, but our Lord knows.

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  3. Perfect. Spot on.

    Thanks for speaking the truth.

    I believe that the Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design. Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to the Messiah.

    The Bible says that God created “male and female” and He pronounced His creation “very good” (Genesis 1:27, 31). God’s plan was perfect, but, as with everything in mankind’s sphere, perfection was corrupted by sin. Sin brought anomalies, and we would be hard pressed to understand where the touch of this contamination ends in the creation.

    If a person feels he or she has been born as the wrong gender, the answer is not gender-reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, cross-dressing, etc. Those are simply worldly ways of acquiescing to the devil’s lies. “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). And God does not make mistakes. The one who feels he or she was born in the wrong body needs, first and foremost, to experience the transformative power of King Jesus. When we “participate in the divine nature,” we escape “the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4).

    Blessings, grace and peace.

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    1. @Michael

      Agreed! An unrepentant sinner would complain, “you don’t understand”, but we have all been unrepentant sinners. What we have trouble grasping — understanding and appreciating — is the grace of God.

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