In The News- 7

12 Mar

#1. People Like To Cheat–

School district superintendents in Texas recently voted to require student athletes to provide proof of their gender by submitting a copy of their birth certificate.

The new policy, passed by a 586-32 vote, ensures that boys do not play on girls’ teams and girls do not play on boys’ teams

We have no problem with this action because someone would find a way to abuse the system if it was not laid out clearly enough. In sports people like to cheat, and we know this just through the many NCAA investigations that have taken place over the years just in college sports alone. We will not go into the recent Little League World Series at this time.

Equality is not harmed by restricting genders to their own teams and leagues. Neither is someone’s ego or feelings. The idea that this would be discrimination is false as well and tells everyone that those holding to that idea have no clue what truly is discrimination. We will also not address the issue of transgender here for we know why most men would fake being a woman. The second most would be to achieve something they could not achieve if they competed with their peers– superiority and success.

Whatever the opposition to this action is, it is not founded upon anything real or truthful.

#2. We Disagree

The Republican governor of South Dakota has vetoed a bill requiring that public school students use the restroom or locker room that corresponds with their birth gender as he believes that it “openly invites federal litigation.”

First,nothing is gained by supporting the deception that permeates the lives of those who claim to be the wrong gender. Second, the rights of those who are not confused should not be ignored nor disrespected. As with the homosexual issue, the rights of the majority seem not to matter to anyone in charge and that is disturbing to say the least.

Third, nothing is gained by not telling the truth. The truth is those who were born boys will always be boys, no matter how much alteration they make to their bodies and wardrobe. Girls will always be girls for the same reasons. Their genders do not change because they think there was a mistake made. How could a mistake be made? The parents certainly do not have a choice nor access to genetic materials to make the change and they certainly were not aware of the gender of their unborn child t or its confusion til long after genetic alterations could be made.

Genes do not make mistakes, they have no power to alter the gender of the unborn child. In fact they do not even know what gender means or how to change it. genes are mere robots working in a process and all processes cannot think for themselves or make decisions for the unborn child, as we know the latter cannot express its confusion until long after they learn to speak. So where did the mistake come in? Transgenders would have to do a lot of research to show a mistake was actually made and that their new gender identity was the actual intended birth gender and someone screwed up along the way.

Seems like an impossible task and it is for where would they find the information that prescribes what gender they were supposed to be born as and then prove where the error occurred in that process.

#3. We Disagree 2

The Democratic mayor of New York City has signed an executive order that allows those of the opposite sex to use city-owned restroom facilities and locker rooms in accordance with their “gender identity.”

The order applies to parks, pool areas, playgrounds, recreation centers, office buildings and other city-owned facilities, and allows persons to use the desired restrooms without having to first show identification or any medical documentation

we discussed some of the reasons for why we disagree in the previous point and for this point we have to ask, what is gained by this action? How does this act contribute to society? You can say that it stops discrimination but what about those normal people who now have their rights to privacy violated? Why should they be exposed to the stares of those who allow themselves to be confused about who they are gender-wise?

Then we must ask, who died and left gender identity superior to birth gender? Someone is certainly not thinking clearly in this issue if they think that confusion trumps truth. And that is what this issue is about. The mayor and the supporters of that executive order are saying that we won’t help you through your confusion and get you to the truth; instead we will enable your confusion and make you worse.

These people may think that they are doing good but in reality they are doing more damage to the person and to society in general.

The order applies to both transgender and “gender non-conforming” persons, the latter of whom are defined as those “who do not follow other people’s ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the female or male sex they were assigned at birth.”

This quoted train of thought is also disturbing as it implies that society gets together at conception and chooses which gender each unborn child will be at birth. Society thinks that way because those ideas are beyond their control God designated the idea of women’s and men’s clothing; of hair length for men and women and that men should not have hair as long as a woman. The ideas expressed in that quote do not come from some ancient secret human election or conspiracy. The designation of what is a woman and what is a man and how they should act, dress etc., comes from God.

So that Mayor and his supporters are saying that God got it wrong when in reality it is they who are in error.

#4. Some People Just Do Not Get It

The Republican, Southern Baptist-identifying governor of Georgia recently cited the Bible in denouncing a proposed bill to protect objectors to same-sex “marriage,” as he asserts that the move is not Christlike.

First off, what is not Christlike about protecting those who believe from undue punishment and harassment? Secondly, we know that if people exercise their right of free choice and expression of religion experience severe and crippling backlash that is very unChristlike so why is this governor allowing such unChristlike behavior to continue?

Something is amiss there. It is not okay to protect those who want to follow the law and express their religious beliefs but it is Christlike to allow those same people to endure abuse, threats and other sinful actions in response to that free expression?

“I think what the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones that did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world and said to those of belief, ‘This is what I want you to do,’” he said. “We do not have a belief—in my way of looking at religion—that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teaching of Jesus, I don’t think they fit.”

He would need to point out the biblical verses that state Jesus called sinful behavior towards his followers as okay and good. Jesus and the NT authors said we will face persecution for our beliefs but they never said such acts were Christlike and okay. They are still sin even when committed against a believer. That governor also seems to forget about those little verses which tell us about right and wrong and blurs the line between the two by using the word discrimination to describe the practice of one’s faith. He also forgets God’s warnings about calling sin good etc.

This issue has become greatly clouded by the distorted application and use of the word discrimination.

#5. God Uses Humans

A Maryland police officer’s photograph of a teenage boy praying over a homeless man as he slept on the sidewalk has gone viral.

Eric Gaines, a police officer at the University of Maryland, snapped the photograph in Baltimore on March 1, and posted it on Facebook.

“I watched as this young kid was walking past, stopped and walked over to this sleeping homeless man, touched him and began praying over him,” Gaines wrote. “This was an amazing sight! I pray this kid becomes a leader amongst his peers and continues on this path! Not all Baltimore youth are lost!”

While we are not commenting upon that boy’s actions we are using his actions as an example of why the church is not making a greater impact for God. The Bible tells us :

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Colossians 1:10
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
2 Timothy 3:17
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
You will notice that the Bible does not simply say–pray for them then leave them in their desperate situation. While we are to pray and find God’s direction in all situations, we cannot just pray alone for God uses people.  How else will unbelievers and the poor see God at work if all the believer does is pray for them and then go on their way?
The Bible also tells us Jesus said:
John 14:12
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Jesus did not just pray for people then go on his merry way. if people want to appeal to Jesus to end discrimination, as related above, then they need to appeal to Jesus to get involved with the lives of others, roll up their sleeves and do the heavy lifting and so on because Jesus did that. Jesus got involved and he healed people, raised them from the dead and many other good works. How else will God be glorified?  He certainly will not be glorified if we simply pray and then do nothing to help out those in need.
As you see by the police officer’s statement, God certainly wasn’t glorified there. Prayer needs action and that action is to follow God’s instructions in the bible and his direction at the time correctly. If we are going to err, then let it be on the side of becoming involved in other people’s lives who need the help and need to see that God cares about them.
Many people pray and just walk away, we need those who will do something in the name of Christ for the glory of God to remain and demonstrate that God is alive and well and cares about everyone. The best way to shut the critics of God and the Bible is to demonstrate God in reality and that he is involved and wants to get involved in his creation’s lives.
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