June is officially Gay Pride Month. The celebration of homosexuality, lesbianism and transgenderism "started with the Stonewall Uprising in New York City on June 28, 1969, [f]ollowing a police invasion of a gay club located in Greenwich Village." Two trans people were credited with starting the riots that followed and creating an organization to help homeless LGBTQ youth. In 2016, former President Barack Obama named Stonewall Inn a national monument.
This year, Nickelodeon's Blues Clues & You celebrated by unveiling a virtual pride parade. The event "featured an animated version of drag queen Nina West, a beloved RuPaul's Drag Race contestant from season 11, singing to the melody of 'The Ants Go Marching.' [L]yrics have been changed to be very LGBTQ inclusive." The song is 10 verses that correspond to a procession of 10 sexually confused identity groups, all coming together under a rainbow banner of "love."
Jeff Younger, a father in Texas, has been fighting to protect his son from the harmful affects of hormone therapies and transgender surgery. In January 2020, a judge "granted Jeff and [ex-wife] Anne Georgulas joint management conservatorship over James Younger and his twin brother." The article stated, "Younger and Georgulas have been embroiled in a legal battle about how to raise [James], who the mother says is a transgender girl." Jeff opposes social transition and wants his son to live as a boy until he is old enough to make an informed decision about his identity.
In May 2021, it was reported that "[b]ills to stop child chemical castration and transgender surgeries in Texas have been stalled by the Republican legislature, effectively killing H.B. 1399, which would strip liability insurance from doctors who perform such acts in the state."
Additionally, S.B. 1646, "which would classify attempts to force transgenderism on children as child abuse" has been stalled in the Senate. Both bills were delayed by a scheduling committee, and the legislative session closed before lawmakers could hear the case.
Younger, who told his story publicly, asked, "[W]hy do we have to work this hard to get our elected officials to protect children in this state? [P]rivately, they'll tell us they agree with us. [Yet], they never voted to schedule their own bill." Younger ended his speech with a plea for listeners to contact Republican legislators "and urge them to take immediate action to protect children like his son ... who are allowed to have life altering surgeries and chemical castrations in a bid to present as another gender."
Throughout Proverbs we are encouraged to devote ourselves to God's will, to love wisdom and knowledge, and obtain understanding. These wise sayings also warn us of the temporal and eternal punishment for rebellion and immorality. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. There is a way that seems right to [humankind], but its end is the way of death" (Prov. 16:18, 25, NKJV).
To say "God loves everyone" is a biblical statement. However, it is disingenuous if we withhold the truth of how God feels about sin. Love caused the Father to give His only Son over to be persecuted, betrayed and crucified for our transgressions. In love, He sacrificed Christ to rescue us from an eternity in hell, forever separated from His presence.
Although God loves us, He will not compromise His law or His Word for sinful people. The LGBTQ lifestyle is sin, and no one actively practicing this lifestyle will be granted entrance into God's kingdom (see Rom. 1:18-32). God desires all people to be saved and to acknowledge the truth of Jesus Christ (see 1 Tim. 2:4-5), but the choice is ours.
God is gracious, compassionate and patient. He did not leave us without hope. Jesus paid a high price to purchase our freedom from sin and death, and, in return, He wants a relationship with everyone. The Father accepts us as we are, but love compels Him to transform us into the image of His Son.
The Scriptures tell us, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:13).
"Those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts" (Gal. 5:24).
"There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1).
Today is the day of salvation (see 2 Cor. 6:2).
For more than a decade, Tiffany Benson's passion for writing has exceeded most of her interests. When she's not catching up on politics or watching documentaries, she enjoys journaling, fiction and contributing to her blog: bigviewsmallwindow.com.
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