Going through my email this morning, I came across Enemies of the State, Todd Pruitt’s latest article on the Mortification Of Spin blog. If you haven’t read it yet, please click the above link and read Pruitt’s insightful examination of President Obama’s executive order forcing public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived identity rather than their biological one.
Pruitt’s main point in his blog post warns Christians that Obama’s order further threatens Bible-believing Christians who oppose this policy, adding to the restrictions on religious liberty that we’ve already seen as a result of Obergefell and (I would add) Obamacare. He warns that we will suffer increased marginalization as we say no to the demands of the LGBTQ agenda.
I’ve been saying similar things for the last 30 years (even without factoring transgender issues into the equation). From my study of pro-abortion attitudes, and especially from my involvement in ex-gay ministry, I’ve long known that Bible-believing Christians would more likely than not suffer serious persecution in my lifetime. When I joked about having adjoining jail cells with one of my co-workers, a part of me knew that I quite possibility could face prison for calling homosexuality a sin. Pruitt merely echoes what I’ve spent half my life saying.
But Pruitt made a comment, almost as an aside, that I found intriguing.
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.
As soon as I read that paragraph, I knew he’d summarized my main purpose for starting The Outspoken TULIP ten months ago. In my blog post just this past Tuesday, I started to explain that I created this blog in response to the SCOTUS ruling last June legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. I’d been using Google’s Blogger program for nine years (it’s free), but realized that Google would have the legal authority to shut down my blog if a reader reported it as offensive (actually, they’d suspended me once). I figured WordPress would have a harder time doing so…especially if I plunked down $99 annually to use their service.
But I had no intention of writing a political blog. I still don’t. Instead, I seek to encourage women back to Biblical Christianity because the political climate of western society places increasing demands on us to compromise God’s Word to accommodate sinful practices like homosexuality, abortion and transgenderism. We easily make these compromises because we’ve already compromised so much on doctrinal matters.
We have little time left to practice Christianity openly. President Obama’s ultimatum to public schools should wake us up to the reality that serious persecution knocks on our door. We can’t afford to continue fooling around with false doctrine; we need the Lord Jesus Christ to transform us by His Word.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ~~Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
Ladies, don’t misunderstand me as advocating political action to “restore” America to her supposed Christian foundations. That’s simply not going to happen. But as our government pressures us to accept policies that conflict with God’s Law, we must be so uncompromisingly grounded in the Lord that we’ll refuse to acquiesce to the ungodly demands of the world.