I’ve thought long and hard about how to say this because I don’t want there to be any misunderstandings about how I feel: I despise bullies. Yes, all my life I have despised bullies – those that would take advantage of other people because they think they are entitled to exert their wills over the wills of others. Whether it is the physically strong taking advantage of those they perceive to be weak or the mocker who chooses to ridicule someone they dislike because they are different – either way, I despise the bully. Let me clarify the word “despise.” I dislike their behavior. I loathe their demeanor. I reject their premise that they are somehow better than everyone else. But even so, I love them. I don’t like their behavior, but I love them.
Now that I have clarified that, I must say that our President is a bully. He has chosen to use his executive powers and his judicial flunkies to exert his will over the American people. It was bad enough when he decided that it didn’t matter what the people wanted, and he was going to force states to accept refugees that had not been adequately screened. It was even worse that he led the charge and has used the office of the Attorney General to force states to accept his view that marriage isn’t just between one man and one woman. Now he is using his office and the threats of judicial tyranny in an attempt to force North Carolina to repeal their laws restricting men to using men’s rooms and women to using women’s rooms. And if they don’t, he’s going to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of government funds from them. But the straw that has broken this camel’s back is the announcement that he is sending a letter to all school districts that they must let boys and girls use whichever restroom they choose. Oh, I guess I should say, whichever restroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.
Folks, Ken Hamm has said it for years now. By our allowing the evolutionists and the atheists to attack the foundations of our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have set in motion a host of social and cultural issues of which we never dreamed. Not only have Christians allowed the attacks on the Creation story in Genesis, but also many have capitulated to and embraced the views of so-called Christian evolutionists, and more and more we are seeing the foundations crumbling. “Sure,” they say, “God could have used the processes of evolution to create the world.” And when they say it, these professing Christians are saying that Genesis 1 – 3 is a fairy tale. A myth. A lie. And herein lies the problem. It is in these chapters that we read a profound statement: “male and female created He them.” In other words, He created two specific genders. Adam was male. Eve was female. And all of their descendants are one or the other. Not both. Not neither. And not a mixture. But if we are calling the Bible’s account of creation into question, then all of it is in question. And the foundation crumbles even more.
When the Target department store announced their policies of allowing people to use the bathroom of their choice, I very politely posted on their website that I would no longer be shopping there because of this policy. Immediately, I was called a “hater,” but it isn’t about hate. It’s about love. Love for my family. For my wife, my daughters, and my granddaughters. I do not want them to become the victim of some man who decides to use this policy as a license to prey on women. And it has already happened – not to my family – in some of the stores around the country. Can you imagine what will take place in our schools if this type of policy is instituted? There were boys in the schools I attended who would give anything to be allowed to go into the girls’ restroom without fear of disciplinary action.
So what do we do? There is only one solution for dealing with bullies: you must stand up to them. I have heard too many Christians saying that we must be careful how we handle this because we must show love. I absolutely agree about showing love, but even Jesus stood up to the bullies of His day. When the Pharisees demanded that He stop healing on the Sabbath, He ignored them. When they criticized His teachings, He called them hypocrites and whitewashed sepulchers – graves that are pretty on the outside but on the inside they are filled with the rot and stench of death. When the “bullies” were taking advantage of the needy inside the temple mount, He ran them out with a whip and and attitude that said, “Not in my backyard.” So we need to be like Jesus. We need to stand for what is good and holy and right, but we must stand against what is evil, wicked, and wrong. We need to support men like Chief Justice Roy Moore and the stand he has taken to protect marriage in Alabama. We must make our voices heard in the hallways of our schools and our state legislature. We must make every effort to let our elected leaders know that we will not tolerate any decisions they make that stand against God’s Word.
I close with a quote my good friend, Mark Wakefield, posted on Facebook last week:
Pastor Martin Niemoller’s thoughts on moral pacifism
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.