Facebook is hopping on the train of â€œtolerance,â€ â€œequality,â€ and â€œlove.â€ They are actively promoting â€œPride Month.â€ This is accompanied by this logo:
How cute, eh?!
Well, they put the ball on the tee, and now Iâ€™d like to take a swing. The policy of war is that the only cause to draw oneâ€™s sword is in the act of defending oneâ€™s homeland. To advance oneâ€™s own realm by trampling on the homeland of others is tyranny; but when tyranny encroaches upon the soil of oneâ€™s nativity, the sword must be drawn. Wallace once said, â€œHe strikes home, when right points his sword.â€ I want to strike home, and thus I raise the sword of truth. I do not wish a violent struggle; rather, I believe that the force of persuasion, and the sharpened blade of the pen is the weapon of choice in this battle. The Tyrant of Deception is forcing itself upon the sacred territory of freedom, and thus it is the hour when those who would fight for truth, justice and liberty to refuse to kiss the sword that would enslave them; rather, now is the time to point to the injustice of this campaign.
Our culture believes that religion is a â€œpersonal matter,â€ and so it is; but persons put together make societies. Our society seems to have decided that it wants to hush the (in their view) annoying child of Christianity.
â€œReligion is only a way to oppress and control people, right?â€
â€œYeah, dude, right on!â€
Funny how this idea that religion controls people is a one way street. Religion is the opiate of the people, and so forth. What about the religion of statism, tolerance, homosexuality? Why do they get a free pass?
Why then are the same people that are so vehemently opposed to Christianity â€œbecause its so oppressiveâ€are the same folks that demand that the sacraments of Sodom must be munched by the fistful? And why exactly are the priests of Gomorrah so adamant that the intolerance of Biblically-minded, and Gospel-centered Christians must be shushed? We are, all of us, expected to bow down when Nebuchadnezzarâ€™s band starts playing . . . and sing merrily along at the Facebook Karaoke: â€œLove is love!â€
But may I humbly submit a differing view . . . and yes, I realize that this means I am sticking out like a sore thumb; sort of like three other guys back in ancient times, whose names are hard to pronounce. They ended up in a fiery furnace, and I suspect that might be my end as well; either that, or â€œsensitivity training.â€
Here is my view; love is love . . . is a rather shallow and ambiguous mantra. Itâ€™s like saying, air is air, food is food, is is is. Kind of sounds like one of our former Presidents. However, define love for me please. What is love . . . and you canâ€™t use the word to define itself. Love is . . . what? Erotic expression? A warm fuzzy? An attraction?
Let me make something clear: God is Love. He is the source of Love, and therefore, all other streams of loveâ€“whether eros, storge, or phileo, as the Greek would have itâ€“must be defined by God, Who is the source of all love and loveliness. Evaporation takes droplets from the Ocean and every droplet that falls then forms rivulets which trickle into streams that ripple into creeks that cascade into lakes that flow into rivers that lead back to the mighty Ocean from which the rain itself originally came. It came from the Ocean and goes to the Ocean, but it is H2O the whole way. So too with God; love comes from Him (and is marked by His nature and its â€œmolecular structureâ€ so to speak remains the same throughout the whole cycle) and returns to Him. We humans donâ€™t have the power to dictate and determine what love is.
Let me jigg on Facebookâ€™s oh-so-clever meme:
Yep . . . I said it. In fact, it must be said, and the prophets of God often must use hard knocks to make sure that the Word of the Lord is clearly heard (1 Kings 22:17, 18:27, and more). Letâ€™s be sure of one thing, it is not love to refrain from acting when you see someone drinking poison. Sexual sin (whether homo or hetero) is poison, and leads only to death. So, if we want to celebrate â€œloveâ€ this month, may I be so bold as to point out that letting our culture sip the laudanum is not love.
We live in a free country. Which I celebrate. Being in a free country allows you to stick your anatomy where you want to, as often as you want to, so long as it is not infringing upon the freedom and liberty of others, harmful to others, or indecent. However, being in a free country means that I ought also to have the freedom to make the case (peacefully, mind you, and without any desire to harm or harass anyone), as to why what the Bible has to say about sexuality, gender and marriage is the superior view. Sadly, in the push for â€œfreedom of expressionâ€ we are limiting what can be expressed. I have heard it said, and it has forever stuck with me, â€œIdeas have consequences.â€ The worldview of Homosexuality has consequences, and I want to exercise my freedom to make the case that it has bad consequences! The current stream of thought is that homosexuality is harmless and safe, and that anyone calling it sinful or harmful to society is somehow â€œhateful.â€ The homosexual lobby ought to make their case that homosexuality is harmless to society, and healthy sexual behavior; however, differing views ought not be censored.
Our nation has a collective spasm of euphoria whenever someone â€œcomes out.â€ Why then is there such an absence of euphoria and good cheer when someone speaks out about their Christian faith? The hypocrisy of our generation will be looked at by future generations as absolutely astounding. Remember, in order to be a free society, freedom mustnâ€™t be bound and gagged and thrown in the trunk of tolerance. If we do so, weâ€™ll find that Tyranny is the one actually driving the car.
So, let Nebuchadnezzar heat the furnace seven times hotter. I still wonâ€™t bend.