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A 74-year-old school administrator was recently suspended for questioning Pride Month at her school and the addition of LGBT books to the school library. Additionally, a Christian teacher was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred masculine pronoun. A Missouri pastor’s Bible-based sermon on transgenderism has sparked vocal opposition from the local LGBT community and several local businesses. And the most heart wrenching of them all, a Texas court forces a Dad to let his 7-year-old son transition into a girl.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m caught in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Are we actually suggesting that a person can change their gender? They cannot. Do we really believe that homosexuality is simply an alternative lifestyle that God embraces? God forbid. Are we indeed going to penalize those who hold to solid biblical truth? It appears so.
Many school administrators have voiced concerns in my area of California as well. “It’s not about tolerance,” they say. “It’s about embracing a lifestyle that is wrong, and unless you bow to the politically correct cultural norms, you will be dealt with accordingly.” It’s painfully obvious that those crying “tolerance” are not very tolerant of Christians. The reason is simple: Their agenda only survives as long as it’s not scrutinized. Their goal is to silence the voice of conviction.
As I’ve said numerous times, I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in sexual sin. People who strongly believe in the Bible and God’s will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To “confront in love” simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity.
I support the wording of the Education Code that states that we should not discriminate, harass, intimidate, or bully anyone because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and so on. But speaking the truth in love is not discrimination, bullying, or harassment. The Bible is crystal clear on sexual sin, including homosexuality; even nature bears this out. Jesus was “a friend of sinners,” but He never approved of their lifestyle.
School districts, don’t let the politically correct (PC) police intimidate you. Do what is right and what is best for the students. The irony is that we are running from the very thing we need: repentance and forgiveness. Sadly, many would rather deny God’s Word than lose their job.
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