Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hypocrisy at a Glance and a Personal Message from a Reader

I want to share two things with you today.

First, it is said that a picture speaks a thousand words. Indeed. Among the words the following picture speaks is HYPOCRISY.

Secondly, from time to time this year we will be publishing comments from our readers, with their permission. As you know our readers are encouraged to post their comments regarding each daily blog. There are many more who write comments to me personally each day---on a wide range of topics, but mostly related to the subject of that day.

Today I'm sharing a message from an elected political leader in Washington State, who is also a supporter of Faith and Freedom, a deeply committed Christian and someone who, in their own words, had a kind of personal "epiphany" on a specific issue.

My source for this picture is the Drudge Report. Think Hypocrisy.
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The following is a message from a reader, in their own words.


Gary: I have to wonder if it is time to "tell it like it is." It took me a bit of time to understand when Chastity Bono said she was going through a "sex change operation" what that would mean. Then I got it. She was going to have a penis sewn onto her body so she can "be a man." I am not being crass here.....I am trying to communicate to others the reality of the state of mind of people we know and love who are in big, big trouble! I told a couple of people about my epiphany, and the horror on the faces of grown Christian adults was a sight to see. It was news to them. I have to assume that this person you are writing about had his penis cut off? We apparently have a surgeon in our town who does this kind of surgery, and one of my friend's sons was signed up to have it done. He was Catholic, and a priest had told him to go ahead. She asked me what I thought she should do. By then, I had figured it all out, so I told her
honestly, "Tell him that no matter what he does, no matter how much cutting he does, he will never genetically be a woman. He will never fix what is wrong in his heart with surgery. He needs help. He needs to think about what being a man really is all about for him. And he needs Jesus Christ." She burst into tears, and we hugged, and then she drove off. I felt horrible, but I prayed for them. A month later, I saw her at a meeting. She was absolutely radiant. She said, "My husband and I talked to our son and told him we were devastated by his decision and against it. We told him what you said, and we told him we wanted to help." They tracked down a Catholic counselor in another state who specializes in cases like this, and he had been counseling them by conference phone calls. Healing was starting. Not only did this young man not have the surgery.....he is now happier about himself and his maleness than he has ever been. Just wanted you to hear this. Are we as Christians really "grown up" in Christ? Is it wrong to talk or even think about such evil, perverted things, or are we expected to face the harsh realities of the times we live in and courageously witness to the truths that we know lead to repentance and restoration?

CZ

5 comments:

  1. Gary, my ministry partners and I have the priviledge of working with sexulally broken men every week in Snohomish County Jail and at Monroe Correction Complex. It is amazing to see what rigorous honesty can do to help heal broken men. We at Serenity Seekers have learned the lesson of leading with our weakness, instead of leading with our strength. It is indeed a rare privilidge and honor to recognize ourselves as I Cor. 1 Christians, broken, but much loved by God and His perfect opportunity to display his Power, Love and Way of Life.

    Peter R Sinrud, CDP Founder and President, Serenity Seekers.

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  2. "hypocrisy at a glance" that should be the tagline for this blog and FFN's entire "ministry". LOL

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  3. thanks Gary. you do tell it like it is. we appreciate you and what you do.

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  4. We can't fix our natural bodies. They are dead in trespasses and sins. The effect of sin has been so great.

    We might help sustain them but they are dead and will eventually die.

    But then the Good Sheperd comes along and with the good news of redemption through his sacrifice, even himself who bare our sins in his own body on the tree, even when were were dead in tresspasses and sins, for his great love for us, he died for the ungodly. Then we came to him in our broken condition, knowing our complete inability and hopeless condition, and he began a new work in us, a divine creation began, and a new man came in, one that we can not yet see, but we by faith and a soul connection begin to comprehend that the good work which God began in us is indeed a new creation, a spirit man, a gift which we received when we received the free gift of righteousness by Jesus Christ, something we could not earn or buy in any way, but by the grace of God we received.

    One day we will leave the old man behind because we decided to reject him and accept Jesus instead.

    The old man will be left behind, and in the twinking of an eye, our soul which is connected...I think it is inside the new man, the spirit man,... will be taken through the heavens and expanse of space to be present with the Lord in glory, where we will see him, hear him, being connected with all that is in heaven because of him for eternity.

    And nothing old will ever bother us again.

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  5. Gary, I do appreciate what CZ said. I know that it is easy to look back in time and ask why we as the Body of the King did not engage our culture and political system sooner. In the mid '70's I live in Norfolk, VA and was on active duty. During that time I met Dr. Francis Schaeffer. I was so impressed with his series "How Should We Then Live" that I carried the movie cans around to churches presenting the movies and leading discussions. I hoped that we would hear and engage our culture. Well, that never really went anywhere. I could discuss the reasons until the King comes back but, the important thing is that we all do as CZ suggests - Speak the Truth that leads to repentance and restoration. Quit being politically correct. Take our rightful place in out Republic as our Founders intended and get engaged.

    Keep up your great work!!

    Blessings

    Tom

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