Enemies of the State
May 13, 2016
My mind boggles over both the swiftness and comprehensiveness of the new sexual revolution. It is a revolution that has as one of its goals the complete overthrow of Scripture’s teaching on the nature of humanity and the sexual boundaries which are vital to human health and flourishing.
Today brought news that the Obama Administration, finding free time between battling international terrorism and record-breaking under employment has issued a decree to our nation’s public schools: Conform or else.
The following guidelines explaining the new “obligations” of public schools are from the joint report issued by our nation’s departments of Justice and Education:
• Respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all students, including harassment based on a student’s actual or perceived gender identity, transgender status or gender transition;• Treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their school records or identification documents indicate a different sex;• Allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and access sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; and• Protect students’ privacy related to their transgender status under Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
As you can see, there is no sitting out this revolution. You will be made to care. The new revolution’s battle for our children’s minds and allegiance now has the formal support of the state. The culture war has been brought into the living rooms of every household. The report from the Obama Administration makes clear that any school which does not comply with the rules of the new sexual revolution will face the retaliation of the Federal Government.
The indispensable Rod Dreher issued the following words last evening:
“My government is the enemy of my church and my family. It has come to that. I figured it would one day. But not so soon.”
The implications of the new sexual revolution are much broader than what is happening in our schools. Christians are already being targeted by the state for not agreeing to add their labors and talents to the solemnizing of homosexual weddings. What will surely increase rapidly is the social and economic ostracism of Christians. Christians will increasingly be denied professional advancement, educational opportunities, and participation in public life on the basis that they refuse to accept the new moral insanity.
Sadly, the church has in too many cases equipped our young people with a facile “being Christian is fun” theology which will quickly wither and die under the heat of this new revolution. Likewise the Joel Osteens and Steven Furticks of American evangelicalism will find out just how impractical their ministries have been.
I happen to be preaching a brief series through Genesis 1-3. The series seeks to address foundational questions such as “Why is there something rather than nothing?” and “What is God?” In the coming two Sundays I will be preaching on what it means to be human. One of the things we learn in the opening pages of Genesis is that God created mankind in his image “male and female.” This basic distinction is obvious throughout the created order. It is necessary for reproduction and human health and happiness. It is a reality coded into every cell in the human body. It is obvious in our physical construction and the basic functioning of our bodies. And it is the reality which the Federal Government of the United States is now demanding we deny.
The consequences of this denial of obvious truth will carry with it devastating results for human health, reproduction, and public safety. And, of course, souls lie in the balance. So the church must stand opposed to the new sexual revolution. We must not pretend that we can afford to ride out the storm. We must ride into the eye of the thing. We do this for the glory of God who is being openly mocked by human creatures supposing themselves to be sovereign. We do this for the sake of sinners who are choosing to imbibe the very poison that is killing them. We do this for the sake of our children who are the primary targets of the new, federally backed revolutionaries.
Two books that will help you in understanding the history, major players, philosophical foundations, and ultimate goals of the new sexual revolutionaries:
The Global Sexual Revolution by Gabriele Kuby
The Devil’s Pleasure Palace by Michael Walsh