Monday, 29 June 2015

Don't Believe Me Just Watch

To quote a line from Uptown Funk.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made gay marriage legal in all 50 states. Now first let me say I am not opposed to gay marriage in the secular world. In fact I am neutral. It was inevitable and something that was obviously going to happen. But I have a few thoughts.

First of all, gay marriage will not destroy the institution of marriage. The hetero world has already accomplished that quite well, thank you very much, thanks to adultery, easy divorce, internet porn, the acceptance of common law relationships as equivalent, etc.

But let me tell you a few things that will happen as a result of this decision.
  • The record of discrimination will be flipped to the B-side. Whereas in the past there was no doubt discrimination against people of same sex orientation, the case will not now be that discrimination will cease. It will just be reversed. Those who, in conscience, feel they cannot approve of same sex marriage, will now suffer the discrimination. And it's not only the ones who feel they cannot bake cakes, or take pictures for gay weddings, but even voicing a dissenting opinion (the one that until relatively recently was held by Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and Michael Coren) will earn you accusations of hating and personal vilification. Just look at any comment board where the prevailing opinion is in agreement with the Supreme Court decision,and where anyone attempts to defend, "traditional" marriage.
  • Pressure will mount for the government to remove the charitable status of any church or organization who does not toe the new line. Not to single out gays, but there is a tendency on what I will call the progressive side not to tolerate anyone with a different opinion. Disagreement cannot be tolerated but must be vilified, even penalized.
  • New movements of various sexual proclivities will now push for acceptance. This has already begun. I was actually wrong in my prediction some time ago that paedophilia would be next, because we've already seen the next issue - that of gender identity. One now already, it seems, has the right to decide whatever gender, or even, I suppose, non-gender one wants to be, regardless of what plumbing one was born with and even whether or not one decides to keep it or lose it. But paedophilia will almost certainly be coming. Already there is a move to have it labelled a sexual orientation, and once that happens, the courts will almost certainly have to include it as such as a human right. This is not to say that the same people who fought for gay rights will be the ones lobbying for, "intergenerational sex," as its proponents are wont to call it. There are paedophiles of both homo- and hetero- persuasions, but the advances accomplished by gays will no doubt embolden the paedophile community. I don't know when we'll see the first adult/child love relationship on prime-time TV, and it's hard to imagine right now, but I won't be surprised when it comes.
Having said all that, let me say that I'm not a campaigner, just an observer. As Jerry Seinfeld said in one of his routines, "I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'"

 Here is a very helpful and well thought out article, linked to by my friend Terry. The author makes five basic points, all of which we as Christians would do well to ponder and remember.
  1. The church has always been counter-cultural.
  2. It’s actually strange to ask non-Christians to hold Christian values.
  3. We’ve been dealing with sex outside of traditional marriage for a LONG time.
  4. The early church never looked to the government for guidance or lobbied it to change policies.
  5. Our judgment of LGBT people is destroying any potential relationship.
There are two kingdoms, that of the world and that of God. Only one will last. We Christians would be far better spending our time working to see people transferred into the latter, than harping about what's wrong with the former.

Take Care

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

I Keep Sayin'

From Here...
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years.
Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976

One of my Favourite predictions. I've been saying it for years. China will be the next great Christian nation. The sooner it becomes Christian the sooner it will become great and the greater it will become. We are on track to be replaced.

How long will it take? I don't know. How long has it taken for our own society to sink to it's present position, with more sinking to come?

What's in store for the West? Another prediction: as Christianity is chased from the public square it will not become godless, it will become Muslim, eventually.

Just sayin'.

Take Care #RunAlpha.

I Saw A Sex Tape

Before I go any further, I must try to explain. You may accept my explanation; you may not. After all, this is a faith-based blog, and I am taking a large chance even talking about this video, let alone admitting I saw it. You may choose to read no further, because even my description and opinion of it may be considered too graphic to some. I post this only as my reflection on how far we have fallen as a culture and as a society, and why I despair for our future.

You may remember Emma Sulkowicz, the co-ed at Columbia University who claimed to have been raped, but which accusation later proved to be false.

Nevertheless, she carried a mattress around with her in protest wherever she went, even on to the stage at her graduation. In spite of her lying about the alleged rape, she has been hailed as a hero among feminists and those who claim to be concerned with the, "rape culture" ostensibly prevalent on college campuses.

Well, Ms Sulkowicz, in my opinion, has set her cause well back with the release of a sex tape, made in her dorm room, of a fairly mechanical sexual encounter between her and a male partner. I would think this would discredit her in the minds of any reasonable person, and in all but her most blinded admirers. Needless to say, I'll not link to it here.

Now, you may think of describing porn as revolting, repulsive or disgusting, but this video wasn't even porn. The best way to describe the video was, "pathetic." Rather sad, actually. All the intimacy of an overweight bull servicing a cow. He might just as well have masturbated and she might just as well have been a piece of Kleenex. After he was finished he didn't even bother to get dressed. He just got up, gathered up his clothes and left the room - naked. That may be an interesting insight into the culture of the college dorm, that it may be quite normal to see a guy leaving a girls room naked, with his clothes gathered up in his arms. If this is an indication of the current college hookup culture, one should despair for the future of our society. At the end of the encounter, she rolled over into a fetal position facing the wall and remained thus for a time. It is almost like she was ashamed, or perhaps unfulfilled. In other words, one might imagine that such impersonal sexual encounters on campus may be an attempt to find love or intimacy, but which encounters ultimately fail and disappoint.

And this was in a college dorm room. There was a bookcase clearly visible with NOT A SINGLE BOOK ON IT! You can tell by just that fact, that this girl's focus was probably not on any particular higher level of learning. In fact, Ms Sulkowwicz's final thesis for her visual arts course, was to do nothing more than carry this mattress around the campus. And she graduated! The university graduated her! I'm not sure anything more need be said.

In the end, to bring us back to the subject of faith, there is really only one relationship that will ultimately satisfy - one with God, our Creator, through His Son, Jesus Christ. If only those who search so earnestly for it in all the wrong places could just see. We Christians should be doing all we can to help them do just that; see the truth. #RunAlpha.

Take Care

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Heroes




This is the former Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn. She has been selected as the winner of ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award. I'll not dispute that. I'm sure Bruce's decision to undergo what procedures he has have been traumatic and heart-wrenching. From his point of view it probably did take a lot of courage. But now he is a she.

Below is a picture of Noah Galloway, a double amputee who lost his left arm and left leg in Afghanistan. He seems to have overcome and coped well with the challenges of his disability.


 
There has been quite a bit of online chatter concerning the perceived idea that ESPN chose Ms Jenner over Mr Galloway for this award, but ESPN denies that. They say that they merely chose Ms Jenner, and that there was no, "second place."
But of course, the fact that they chose Caitlyn means that all other potential heroes were considered no better than second place, so their protestations seem a bit hollow. But my point here is just to make what I think is an interesting observation:



How times have changed, and how quickly! We are seeing, as a new era of, "gender rights" is now following on the heels of the already accompli, almost passé issue of, "gay rights," that a person who follows their feelings of gender confusion with physical (and irreversible) procedures, is encouraged, even lauded as a hero. Meantime a person with same-sex attraction who wants help addressing what they may see as confusion over their orientation - it is seen as hateful, perhaps even illegal, even to help that person with counseling.   

Just sayin'

Take Care