Take a look at a recent poll:
16% of Generation Z identify as LGBTQ+ from a survey done by the Gallop organization.
Generation Z are those born between 1997 and 2002 (those between the ages of 19 – 24 today). They grow up with communication technology (cell phones), social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat) and entertainment in demand (Netflix, Twitch, Disney+).They get their news and world view from Google, Facebook and YouTube. When they want to know why they are they get their answers from these sources, not their parents or the church or the Bible but from the internet and the voices and images staring back at them from their screens, which they stare at for an average of 4 hours and 15 minutes per day.
Twenty-five years ago, I produced a book about homosexuality (Gay Rights or Wrongs) which explained the growing influences of the gay lifestyle in our society by what was then a group that represented no more than 2% of the population of the U.S.
Twenty-five years later we are bombarded by demands for special rights and laws facilitating the deconstruction of gender norms which have been taken for granted by virtue of their obvious reality since the beginning of the human race.
Many people are surprised and in shock wondering, how did we get to this point in our history. That we have to actually defend the classic ideal model of acceptable sexual morality which is a monogamous heterosexual lifetime union between a man and a woman.
Today every part of that equation is being challenged socially, legally, medically, and morally. So much so that a better system has been marketed in order to identify individual departures from the ideal as well as a statement of solidarity among the various deviations from the previous, universally accepted norm. So, for information's sake let's break down the better system used for identification purposes.
- L = Lesbian — A woman who is sexually attracted to women.
- G = Gay — A man who is sexually attracted to other men (previously homosexual). Also a general term used for both men and women who have same-sex attraction.
- B = Bisexual — A person sexually attracted to both men and women.
- T = Transgender — A person whose gender identity is different than their biological gender (IE. – a man who presents as a woman).
- T = Transexual — A person who has permanently changed their gender presentation through drugs and surgery.
- Q = Queer — A generic term referring to any person who has identified away from traditional norm.
- Q = Queer — One still seeking a gender identity away from the traditional norm.
- I = Intersex — An individual whose anatomy or chromosomes do not fit the natural male/female biology (rare medical condition).
- A = Ally — A heterosexual who supports and promotes the LGBTQ lifestyle and social/political agenda.
- A = Asexual — An individual not sexually attracted to either male or female partners. Not the same as celibate by choice. Asexual has various sub-types but are individuals who have low or no desire for sexual contact.
- P = Pansexual — A person attracted to every type of sexual identification and practice.
Now there are often sub-categories and gender types and composite types that continue to emerge and multiply as we speak. To a point that "Gender Studies" departments that constantly dissect and reinterpret the identity, meaning and malfunction of gender have become the norm on college campuses all across our nation. As a matter of fact, Christian universities like Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, United States have to obtain a special waiver under Title IX from the Department of Education in order to exempt the school from having to have such a department.
This briefly is where we are in this country, where the LGBTQ+ alliance has gained enormous social and political power. Examples of which can be seen in the headlines and referred to concerning Generation Z or the recent attempt by the Biden Administration to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine (Pediatrician), a biological male presenting as a transgendered female to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
This person is an enthusiastic promoter of radical hormone treatment and surgery on children and teens in order to complete gender reassignment to youth suffering with sexual confusion and Gender Dysphoria. A condition where the young person has confusion concerning the biological gender and how it is expressed. The majority of those dealing with this issue work it out naturally through role modelling, encouragement and proper information concerning the condition. Dr. Levine promotes gender re-identification through powerful hormones and radical surgery, and this treatment without parental consent!
Minors can already obtain birth control pills and abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics in many states without parental notification or consent. Imagine what will happen now that this person is the number two official in charge of the federal agency that sets health policy for the entire nation?
I could go on to describe the LGBTQ+ influence in business (required gender sensitivity training). LGBTQ individuals are allowed to serve in the military and the military must cover the cost of gender re-assignment treatment and surgery for Trans service personnel. Of course, in the entertainment industry where the most visible people on the planet enthusiastically approve of the LGBTQ+ agenda and lifestyle.
For example, you can't make a movie today without some type of LGBTQ+ character or actor nor can you portray this lifestyle negatively because you risk being called out or cancelled if you do.
So, in the light of all of this, the questions that many Christians ask are the following:
- How did we, as a nation, get here?
- Where do we, as Christians, go from here and into the future?
How Did We Get Here?
The Gay Rights Organization in the U.S. was organized by Henry Gerber on December 10, 1924 and called the Society for Human Rights. It was soon disbanded due to political pressure. After various attempts to organize, the National Coalition of Gay Organizations published its gay rights platform in 1972 which contained its primary social and political agenda going forward.
In all fairness, we have to realize that up until the 60's homosexuality and other deviations from the norm were treated as criminal behavior and not simply moral or psychological issues. The stated goal for homosexuals was to normalize these types of behaviors so as to be accepted into the social mainstream: This was the argument and public objective marketed at the time, "We just want to be accepted as we are."
The true goal, however, was to have gay values, thinking and lifestyle dominate the American culture and its social values. We see a glimpse of this in the original platform which, and I quote, sought the following changes:
- Repeal of all laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons.
- Repeal all laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female.
- Repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent.
- Repeal all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit.
- Enactment of legislation so that child custody, adoption, etc. shall not be denied because of sexual orientation or marital status.
- Encouragement and support for sex education courses, prepared and taught by gay men and women presenting homosexuality as a valid, healthy preference and lifestyle, and as a viable alternative to heterosexuality.
The amazing fact is that this agenda, compiled by the gay coalition, was published in 1972, more than fifty years ago!
So, how did we get here?
- A very determined set of people with a very clear agenda who had powerful allies in the media and entertainment industry simply went about establishing their will and ways first in the field of entertainment and then in politics in order to achieve their goals.
- For example, the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) website listed the ABC television network as the second most gay-friendly network in America (the first was the CW Network).
- ABC owns the Walt Disney Corporation which is one of the most gay-friendly companies in the U.S. (even had an openly gay president of Walt Disney World). We know now that the Disney company has begun to purposefully groom children to accept homosexuality as normal through its movies and special line of gay friendly toys.
Through the media, they have been able to promote this gay agenda for decades and with Washington's help, the gay agenda became mainstream in the nineties. The breakthrough came, however, when they promoted their agenda not simply as an alternative lifestyle, but rather as a minority right. They married their cause with the legitimate fight for civil rights fought for by many groups – cultural minorities, people with handicaps, the poor and women. Gays argued that they were born gay (no medical proof of this, but who cares when the media is behind you?), so they couldn't help being gay and to oppose them or their lifestyle was being intolerant. They even gave the opposition to their lifestyle a name – homophobia.
If, therefore, you merely disagreed, you were a bigot, you were intolerant and a homophobe. Never mind that you had the facts and 6,000 years of human history, not to mention, the Bible on your side. You were no match for the gay PR machine.
Then along came the lawyers and the politicians looking for a new cause to fight for, another oppressed group to defend. This group was a lot easier to defend because there was no dirty work.
- With minorities, handicapped and the poor you had to get your hands dirty.
- For these minorities there had to be marches, soup kitchens, the threat of violence, and money had to be spent. Helping these minorities took time and effort and presented very few opportunities for glamor or awards.
Gay Rights, however, were different.
- They were, as a group, fairly wealthy.
- Many were famous and powerful.
It was a political jackpot!
- Politicians were able to crusade as minority and civil rights advocates for people who gave them money.
- And all they wanted was to be legitimized by the state.
Mix this cocktail together for 50 years and you end up with a president and a large number of politicians promoting a piece of legislation called the "Equality Act" that has been passed by the House of Representatives and has not yet (as of this writing) been voted on by the senate.
Without going into too much detail, this Act which is an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. One ominous note is that this Act trumps the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) 1993. This was the law that protected religious people and groups from being forced to do things that were legal but against their moral standards or religious beliefs. For example:
- Christian bakers refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
- Catholic business owners having to provide birth control for employees.
- Ministers refusing to marry same-sex or trans couples.
If this law passes as is, it gives LGBTQ individuals tremendous legal power to sue individuals and churches who continue to denounce their lifestyle or refuse to offer services based on religious grounds (i.e. hire openly gay or trans ministers).
Where Do We Go From Here?
Many Christians think that the world is too far gone, and it has become hopeless to reform it and return the U.S. to being a "Christian nation" once again. Others believe that politics will solve the moral deficiencies of our country. Let's elect believing politicians and lobby them to enact laws that reflect Christian views. Then there are those who want to fight fire with fire. Get nasty and aggressive, or do whatever it takes to gain and keep power and use it for good – for America, America first.
I don't believe that Jesus would endorse any of these approaches to achieve His goals, because His goals have never been political or based on the search for earthly power. His instructions to His followers at this or any other time in history are the following:
1. We are not of this world
If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
- John 15:19
We are citizens of the Kingdom; we are only passing through this world waiting for Jesus to equip us with glorified bodies that will enable us to live with God in the Kingdom of Heaven, which is in heaven. Let's not, therefore, be surprised at what unbelieving, unregenerated people are capable of thinking and doing when their only guide is what they feel or what their hearts (completely devoid of God's Word and Spirit) lead them to do. Be shocked, offended, in disagreement, even angry but don't be surprised or discouraged! It is the world ruled by Satan and captured by sin. Didn't Paul explain the world's condition and God's response to this in Romans chapter 1?
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
- Romans 1:18-32
From the time that sin entered the world at the beginning, to the time Paul the Apostle wrote these words in his letter to the Romans, and then forward to our present age and onward until the end of time, when Jesus returns – the world was, is and will always be a wicked and sinful place. And it is so because God has allowed sinful men and women to choose to live and revel in their disbelief and depravity. Such is the result of creating human beings with absolute free will (they are made in the image of God and God has free will).
I say absolute because man's free will is such that despite the evidence within him and before him in creation, he can choose to deny even his own Creator. Paul says that in the same way, God's absolute free will permits Him to reject His own creation knowing that doing so will send the unbelievers into gross acts of sinfulness, spiritual darkness, and eternal death. We have no mandate to reverse the evil in the hearts and on the hands of the unbelieving, sinful generation among whom we find ourselves for a short time.
So, first and foremost, open your eyes to reality, the world is a sinful place, there's no changing that. Don't be shocked, angry, or discouraged by this reality – if anything be sorrowful for what man has done to himself and God's creation.
2. Remember your mission
Our mission is to save souls.
18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
- Matthew 28:18-20
There are various individuals whose only mission in life is to:
- Save animals, birds, and fish of various kinds.
- Save the planet, the climate, etc.
- Save the dignity and human rights of different cultures, social groups, children, the aged, the imprisoned, the poor, and the sexually confused.
These and countless others fighting to preserve ideologies, philosophies and individual freedoms are among the highest ideals and undertakings of those who want to save the world or at least make it better. These are humanists and this is their calling – "Save the world, it's the only one we have!"
With all due respect, this is not our calling and never was. There's no saving this world, it has been marked for complete destruction by God, not man.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
- II Peter 3:10
Someone might say, "Well, what about Jesus saying that we should be light and salt?" (Matthew 5:13-16)
Yes, we are to exemplify the character of Christ in this sinful world but not for the purpose of saving the condition of the world but to provide light to reveal who can save souls, Jesus Christ.
Remember, the first sin was simple disobedience to the one law God provided man in order to activate his absolute free will, "Don't eat the fruit…" (Genesis 1:7).
The next sin was murder from jealousy and rage - Cain kills Abel (Genesis 4:8).
The next sin was sexual in nature - Abel's fifth generation grandson, Lamech took two wives. This was the first departure from God's original design and command. They called it "polygamy" and ever since then each deviation from God's original command for marriage and human sexuality has been given its own name.
Today we use the alphabet, just to keep up. But in all the evil and departure from God's teachings and commands let's remember who we are and what we do!
…but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
- I Timothy 3:15
We are the church, we preserve and proclaim God's truth, in season and out. We're not here to save the world, we're here to light up the world with the gospel in order to save souls. The world is like a house on fire and the people inside don't know it and we're yelling, "Get out, save yourselves, your house is on fire!" Just like Peter did for the crowd in Jerusalem on Pentecost Sunday.
And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"
- Acts 2:40
3. Trust God
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.
- John 16:33
It's not easy living as a believer in this world, whether you're a teacher or Supreme Court Justice. However, God has not left us unarmed or unequipped. He has left us:
- His Word which is able to help us teach the truth, correct error, discern right from wrong and train us in right living (II Timothy 3:16).
- His Holy Spirit to dwell within us (Acts 2:38) who comforts us, help us to pray and will resurrect us on the last day (Romans 8).
- He has also created the world and human beings with undeniable markers so we can research and know the actual and marvelous functions of each.
Scientific research is the process of knowing what God has already made. And as far as humans are concerned, we can pass laws that permit us to identify as ducks and punish anyone who refers to us differently, but God has stamped everyone of the millions of cells in our bodies with one of only two genders that exist in all of the world throughout history – male or female.
When judgement comes, God will address you according to how He made you and will judge your soul based on your faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, as long as you're alive you can come to Him (no matter how far or broken or lost you are) and He will not only receive you with love and forgiveness but will never leave you or abandon you (Hebrews 13:5).
Thank you for your patience and attention concerning the topic of this sexually themed war, we as Christians are fighting. Don't be discouraged, in the end the light will reveal everything, and God will be honored by His coming. Amen, come quickly Lord Jesus.