The Perpetually Offended Do It Again

Recently, John Stonestreet of the Colson Center has begun telling new graduates that soon the most important thing a Christian may have to do in his or her job is to be willing to be fired. In many places, in many jobs, it may be coming to that.

John Kluge, a teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, has had to face just that possibility. He is a much teacher at the school, but is also a devout Christian and faculty sponsor of an after-school Bible study.

Now, he has been fired. And what was the reason? He failed to call transgender students by their preferred pronouns.

Horrors! I can’t think of anything worse! Oh the humanity!

The Alternate Reality of Transgenderism, as most of us know these days, involves someone denying their biological reality and declaring a different biological reality simply by waving a rainbow wand. (“I’m a guy now. Poof! Now, I’m a girl!”) It is not enough that other people believe this mess. It’s now important – no, imperative – that we all go along with this charade.

The funny thing is that we Christians are the ones who are told that we are believing in something (i.e., God) that can’t be proven. We aren’t living according to scientific observation. Yet, transgenders deny their own biology, which is observable science.

The reason we have to both accept and believe this is because the Perpetually Offended of the LGBT community will threaten others with financial ruin and death if they do not embrace this Unicorn Reality. If the threats weren’t pervasive and believable, we could just react to it like we react to the Flat Earth people. (“Oh, that’s nice. Now you run along and make some more tin foil hats.”)

What’s more, the threats have actually been transferred from the Perpetually Offended to Human Resources departments in major corporations. The LGBT community no longer have to call in threats against everyone who offends them. Now, they have gotten HR agents doing their bidding.

That’s what happened to Kluge. The school system told him that he had to change everything he knew about biology (as well as grammar), and start using made-up pronouns. The teacher discussed this with his pastor, and he finally realized he would be hurting those students if he went along with the lie. He tried to reach a compromise with the school. For a time, they seemed to agree that he could call students by their last names only. And then, they reneged. The Perpetually Offended couldn’t live with that.

So Kluge lost his job.

This is something that could happen to anyone. More and more, this gender pronoun nonsense is becoming reality in schools and the workplace. Anyone, Christian or not, could be affected by this. And most of us will simply duck our heads and roll with it. A few brave souls, hopefully a number of dedicated Christians, will take a stand. For truth. For freedom of speech. For reality.

We were told that greater acceptance of homosexuality wouldn’t hurt anyone. But there are florists, bakers, photographers, chaplains, fire chiefs, and now teachers, who would beg to differ.

It’s time to stand up to the Perpetually Offended.

 

 

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In Bad Taste

Defying general cultural norms and good taste, the Minister of Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina went to an art exhibit where a large cake was being served. That, in itself, was not distasteful, but the actual cake was. It was a life-sized replica of the crucified body of Christ.

The artistic world loves to do things that are shocking. They adore doing things that will rile anyone who is a Christian, or has traditional values, or simply has values of any kind. Often, the only “values” that cutting edge artists have are to be iconoclastic. If you stand for anything, then they want to disgrace it and ridicule it.

In other words, “I’m an artist. I don’t care what you stand for. I can paint against it, create music that mocks it, or spray graffiti all over it. That’s cool. That’s what we do.”

This is basically an ideological way to wage war against what others believe. It’s the artistic version of violence.

And at the same time, many in that community would speak adoringly of people who stand for peace and pacifism. How does that actually match up?

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Sweet Victory for Jack Phillips!

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 yesterday (you heard that right, seven to two) in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to be forced to support a gay wedding. The ruling is narrow and may not affect other such cases against Christians who are trying to exercise their religious freedom and free speech rights.

The Good

The good thing is that Phillips was rewarded for keeping his head in this entire affair. He responded graciously to a gay couple who asked him to provide a wedding cake for their wedding by offering anything else in his shop and referring them to other bakers. This is a friendly, but firm, approach that Christians should adopt everywhere if they are faced with such a challenge to their faith. This was Jack Phillips at his best.

In contrast, the Colorado Human Rights Commission not only brought charges against Phillips, but at least one member of the Commission chose to completely ignore Phillips’ faith concerning the charge. This individual made disparaging remarks about Phillips and his faith. This seems to have been what turned the case into a victory for Phillips.

The Perpetually Offended members of the LGBT community treat Christians as if we are the most hated people on earth. They seek to not only make themselves “uber-equal”, but they want to destroy anyone who has a different opinion.

The good/great thing about this ruling is that God answered the prayers of many Christians in this case, plus the fact that Jack Phillips reasoned, wise, and charitable response to his accusers lead to a favorable ruling.

The Bad

Unfortunately, this does not end the attacks on Christians and their livelihood in the wedding business. Of course, we were told that LGBT members only wanted equality of marriage, and that same sex marriage wouldn’t hurt anyone. Anyone, that is, except Christian bakers, Christian florists, Christian photographers, pastors, and anyone else who holds a Biblical view of marriage.

I hope I am wrong, but I truly expect the Perpetually Offended to try to bait even more Christians into legal cases such as these. They will send people out to try to catch Christians being themselves and bringing them to court to silence them.

I also hope I am wrong, but I expect attacks on Phillips and his bakery to continue. He will probably continue to get death threats and a new cry to boycott his business.

The Ugly

This is LGBT Pride Month. This is the month when gays, lesbians, etc. hold their parades to show everyone who they are. Expect an even greater display at these events.

This is the month when employers who are desperate to appear cool and compassionate will have LGBT celebrations in their companies. They will be pressured to speak out and take a stand on the Phillips ruling, alienating Christians that work there.

This is also the month that liberal media establishments will feel compelled to participate in celebrating the LGBT community. We can expect to hear lectures about how good it is to recognize someone for how they have sex. Or something like that.

The Pretty

Lastly, Christians will still be challenged to stand up for their beliefs. Kudos to a professional woman’s soccer player in the U.S. who decided not to play two games for the U.S. women’s team because she would have to wear an LGBT Pride-themed jersey. Hinkle converted to Christianity years ago during a personal crisis, and she told God she would serve Him if he healed her. He did, and she did. She takes her faith seriously. She knows that making this decision may very well hurt her professional career. She knows that other players may attempt to injure her, or coaches may refuse to play her. Yes, she’s made the decision to follow God. She didn’t make a big thing about it.

We should applaud believers like Hinkle and Phillips who refuse to compromise their faith in the face of true opposition. As fellow Christians, we should be prepared to follow Christ into trials as well. Paul says as much in 1 Thessalonians 3:3b concerning trials:

“For you know quite well that we were destined for them.”

Let us take heart in knowing that the same God who protected Phillips and continues to let Hinkle play soccer can also help us in our endeavors as Christians.

 

 

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Anthony Hopkins says he doesn’t care if estranged daughter Abigail has kids or not | Fox News

Anthony Hopkins is a truly great actor. That being said, I have to say – and I mean this from the bottom of my heart – he’s a complete jerk. 

In a recent interview Hopkins says that people get divorced and remarry and move on all the time, so he doesn’t really care about his only daughter. This is the sad legacy of thinking that goes with some people who have gone through divorce and allowed it to blunt natural feelings for family. Another worldview change care of no fault divorce.

Http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/23/anthony-hopkins-says-doesnt-care-if-estranged-daughter-abigail-has-kids-or-not.html

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One Year Later: How Trump’s Executive Order Protects Free Speech and Religious Liberty | The Stream

These were common sense regulations until the Perpetually Offended began bullying other Americans.

Https://stream.org/one-year-later-trumps-executive-order-protects-free-speech-religious-liberty/

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Hate-Mongering Scam

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a misnomer. It neither fights against poverty, nor does it try to uphold U.S. Law. The SPLC was once focused on helping black Americans to find equality and justice in our country. No more. They now just want to blackball any God-fearing conservative organization and throttle their freedom of speech and freedom of religion. 

The sad thing is that Amazon and other organizations listen to the SPLC. As a result, organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom and Focus on the Family are being pushed away from their traditional position in social media. 

http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/07/5-reasons-southern-poverty-law-center-hate-mongering-scam/

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Once Again, the Big Question: Can You Be Gay and Christian? | The Stream

Columnist Michael Brown takes a good look at this from a Christian viewpoint. I especially like his Biblical reference to how, even if we have lived in sexual sin, we are now freed from that.And it’s especially important to put any sin, sexual or not, in it’s right place. 

https://stream.org/big-question-can-gay-christian/

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After 580 Days in Prison, American Pastor’s Fate Remains Uncertain

After many years of having a measure of religious freedom in turkey, Christians, there are now facing a lot of persecution. Here is a north. Carolina pastor who has been in jail for years. The good thing is that our federal government is actually standing up for it. North Carolina’s senator Thom Tillis also attended the hearing. Please pray for him.

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/after-580-days-prison-american-pastors-fate-remains-uncertain

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Phoenix stifles free speech and threatens livelihood of two courageous Christian women

Once again, Christians are threatened for their livelihood. The Perpetually Offended are attacking freedom of religion and won’t stop until all dissent is crushed.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2018/05/06/phoenix-brush-nib-studio-same-sex-marriage-free-speech/570459002/

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‘There’s No Other Explanation But God’: Teen Wakes Up After Doctors Declared Him Brain Dead | The Stream

Its stories like these that always concern me when doctors say that someone is brain dead. There have been many stories like these, where an individual suffers a severe injury or illness, goes into a non responsive state, and then becomes conscious again.

It has become commonplace when someone goes into a state of low brain activity to consider them already dead. Note in the story that the family was concerned that they weren’t being fair to the people who needed this child’s organs. I believe there is more and more of an urgency to end the lives of these unconscious people.

It’s also something that is not really talked about. It’s not considered polite to discuss whether unplugging someone from not really talked about. It’s not considered polite to discuss whether purposely ending the life of someone with low brain activity was really the right thing to do. Families are having to make this kind of decision all the time these days. Yet come as far back as the 1980s, it was considered something that you could not do.

It’s clear to me that we don’t really understand how a person might be able to recover for a situation like this. We don’t really understand what it means to be called brain dead. It’s actually a misnomer.

https://stream.org/theres-no-other-explanation-but-god/

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