In More reparations nonsense, the author worries that the demand for reparations from the rest of us to the LGBTQ crowd is growing. He further observes that this kind of nonsense needs to be stopped. Here is my take.
Why does this kind of nonsense need to “stopped”? Where does it lead?
Let’s compare two forms of argument.
Some people believe in reasoned argument. These people believe that with sufficient facts and a logical presentation of those facts that they can “compel” another person to believe the “truth”. Unfortunately, we can either accept what is presented as a logical argument, or we can refuse. We can believe whatever we want.
Still, when someone presents the “truth” with facts and logic, they don’t believe it is their truth. They may get aggravated and disgusted, but mostly they will just wonder why anyone would deny the truth.
Others believe in persuasive argument. These tend to believe that the truth is something we can choose and even create.
How does a persuasive argument begin? With charm. Then it moves to guilt. Next comes the offer to join the bandwagon. Implied is the fear of being left out, not being part of consensus, being a laughingstock to the ruling clique.
If the persuader, the one who would transform the truth of the people around him, is a fanatic, then at each opportunity, the persuader will escalate the pressure to accept his transformation. When all else has failed — when he can get away with it — the persuader will employ direct force. Then the persuaded will find themselves at the end of the barrel of a gun. Then the means of “persuasion” will become a direct and brutal threat, coercion and violence.
So what does stopping this nonsense have to do with Father’s Day? What is a father’s role with respect to the “Truth”? Fathers have the duty to lead their families in meekness and humility. We don’t transform our children with force; we teach them with love.
When we are meek, we are not weak. We just have whatever power we have under control. Thus, our children learn self-discipline from our own example.
When we are humble, we do not pretend to be less than we are. We just recognize that God is God, that we must be obedient to Him and put our faith in His Truth.
And what has the Lord commanded. We must love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and we must love our neighbors as we love our self.
Therefore, because they belong to God, we do not seek to transform our neighbors with force, not even the force of government. Instead, with the power of our example we lead others — especially our families — to Jesus Christ so that they can be transformed by the Holy Spirit.