Friday, June 03, 2016
Obama Uses Scripture to Validate Transgender Policy
President Obama, speaking at a PBS sponsored Town Hall meeting this week, said his position and policies on transgenderism and bathrooms are based on his religious beliefs---quoting Scripture to validate those beliefs.
There is irony in how President Obama responded to questions about his policies regarding public bathrooms and transgenderism at the PBS sponsored Town Hall meeting in Elhart, Indiana this week.
There is also a bit of irony in how the press reported his comments, or didn't report them.
Most everyone is aware of this administration's policies on transgender people and bathrooms.
And most have an opinion---a strong opinion about the fiasco.
The news media in general marginalized the president's comments about his faith and his view of biblical teaching or simply ignored that part of his comments.
This is the 1-hour video produced and aired by PBS. Obama's comments about his faith and the bible in validating his policies are about 34:30.
The president says he never really wanted this to be an issue---"issues find you," he said.
"It's not like I woke up one day and said 'man, you know what I really want to do is let's start working on high school bathrooms'"----he said he has been really focused on ISIS.
That is difficult to swallow in that the president has refused to even use the word radical Muslim terrorism, much less be "focused" on it. Rather he has been immersed in the homosexual agenda, from undermining and destroying the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to pushing through laws that punish Christians for their biblical beliefs regarding marriage and human sexuality.
There's a reason why TIME Magazine called him "America's First Gay President."
To suggest that this issue "found" him is laughable.
And that's exactly what the president was doing when he told the Town Hall group and PBS, "My reading of Scripture tells me that [the] Golden Rule is pretty high up there in terms of my Christian belief."
Therefore, the president continued, "What happened and what continues to happen is you have transgender kids in schools and they get bullied and they get ostracized and it's really tough for them," saying in the past students were forced to suffer silently.
The president also said, and most of the press ignored or affirmed, "I have a profound respect for everybody's religious beliefs on this, but if you're at a public school, the question is, how do we just make sure that, children are treated with kindness."
He does not have a "profound respect" for every body's religious beliefs on this or a number of other issues.
He has used suspect methods to circumvent the law and Congress to push his homosexual agenda, and that has resulted in laws that punish, fine and in the case of Kim Davis, imprison those who hold biblical beliefs.
That is not "respect." Nor is it inclusiveness or equality.
While he claims to have "cured" the problem for the .01% of our society who were suffering silently, he has created a culture that puts at risk the remaining 99%---particularly women and girls.
This is not a cure.
While the president is not the first to choose Scripture verses to twist and use to validate a political and social agenda, none in recent years have done so with such ease.
Any mind that is inclined to be open, would recognize God's Created order and the union of male and female in regards to marriage and gender.
To suggest that gender confused people need help is an appropriate response.
However, to suggest, and act upon, the notion that it "helps" to accommodate and affirm gender confusion and reorder society, putting women, girls and children at risk has no roots in the gospel. Or in common sense.
The president's 20 years under the ministry of Rev. Jeremiah Wright is evident.
Does any professing Christian believe God's Word would address homosexual behavior as an abomination in Leviticus and in Romans 1 speak of foolish, darkened hearts---who exchanged the Truth of God for the lie---worshiping the creature rather than the Creator---with their consciences being given over to "vile passions"---with men leaving the natural use of women, burning in lust for one another---defining these behaviors as vile, shameful and very consequential, only to have Jesus Christ Himself tell people to just go along with it, be nice and celebrate equality and fairness?
I don't think so. Jesus would no more tell this group its okay---enjoy, than He would have told the money changers in the Temple to have a good day in sales.
Jesus died to save, restore, deliver and redeem us all---not affirm our sexual behavior or other sins.
Nor has God blessed this great nation so we could lead the world in so-called "Gay Rights."
True equality is at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, where all may come. All. Whosoever will.
A couple of thoughts.
First, the most effective way to respond to all this is to stand firm in biblical Truth. Stand in your home, your church and your community. Not only stand against the evil, but stand for righteousness.
Secondly, join with others of like mind and heart. Pray for them, support them, elect them if they are running for public office, pray for and support those with influence who take a public stand.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is a living testimony---a profile of standing firm for Judeo Christian values in a culture with a political administration bent on destroying them.
While receiving the Samuel Adams Religious Freedom Award last week, Gov. Bryant said in regard to HB 1523--the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act"--- which Mississippi State Legislature passed and he signed: "You see about 60 days ago, it seemed as if all of the secular, progressive world had decided that they were going to pour their anger and their frustration--their friends in the media willingly joining them---to bring all that they could upon the governor of the state."
He's right. They tried to destroy him. I talked about it on the radio and wrote about it at the time.
You will recall these same forces came against the Republican and Christian Governor of Georgia, when the Georgia Legislature passed a similar bill. The Georgia Governor caved to the pressure---bowed to the secularists.
Governor Bryant has chosen a different path. Rather than bow and cave, he said his message to them was, "Bring it on." He says, "Do they believe that we will just simply walk away from those freedoms that our forefathers died for?...Do they think we will simply abandon that? They don't know us very well, do they?"
He stressed that this is a battle worth fighting for.
"We are not afraid. We will not be intimidated," he vowed. "We will not go quietly into the night, because the fate of a nation rests with the actions of men and women who stand on those walls."
The Governor noted there may not be too many opportunities to turn back the tide that threatens to drown the church.
May his words be our words:
"So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place."
Be Strong. Be Faithful.