Consequences Like a Blindside Linebacker

The Bible teaches that mankind bears the image of God sexually. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27). The attempt therefore to disregard all this in the "recognition" of same sex mirage is not just an act of immorality, but also an act of theological defiance. It is heresy; it is apostasy. The image of God borne by a man and women together is therefore a creational reality, not dependent in any way on the definitions that a secular state might want to come up with. Marriage exists prior to, and independent of, any determinations by any civil magistrate. The magistrate did not create marriage and therefore has no authority to define it, or recreate it in his own image. The civil magistrate is a steward, entrusted to guard that which God has determined. In Romans 13, the magistrate is repeatedly identified as God's "deacon," God's servant, entrusted with rewarding righteousness and punishing … [Read more...]

The Gaylag Archipelago

So a marginal football player got drafted into the NFL, kissed his boyfriend smack on the lips, and then another football player tweeted something that expressed the sentiment ick gross, and so the second player was hustled into sensitivity training. Got that? As the revolution is established, there will be no heckling. Kirsten Powers got it right. I have as much of an expectation of broad-minded tolerance from the left these days as I do of somebody hoisting up a John 3:16 sign at a North Korean missile parade. These people are coercion junkies. How will they stop the heckling? Vee haff vays. Notice that I did that obliquely because I didn't want to violate Godwin's Law -- the first person in a debate to invoke Nazi parallels loses. This is because it is a well known principle of political science that political coercion and tyranny was only possible in the 1940s. All claims about oppressive coercion in our day are therefore bogus by definition, and one begins to suspect that … [Read more...]

Nature By Grace

All right. Now it is time to bring a number of threads together. The great American classicist Basil Gildersleeve once said that the American Civil War was fought over a point of grammar. He said that it was over whether we should say "the United States is" or "the United States are." Other great and complicated issues can be reduced to a simple question as well. When it comes to culture wars, same sex mirage, natural law, and so on, we are really asking this: "What is the universe actually like?" There are two basic options confronting us today. Either the cosmos was created, made, fashioned . . . or it was not. Either God spoke everything into existence from nothing, or there is no God. Eternality is an attribute of something -- either the living God, or time and chance acting on matter and energy. If the former, we must do what He says. If the latter, we may do what we want. But as it is, we are a rebellious house, and want to do what we want to do. We are a conclusion in … [Read more...]

The Nature of Nature

Unbelievers live in the world, and this is why we must continue to insist on the authority of nature. They also live in the world defined by Scripture, but they are more inclined to deny this than to deny they live in the world. Not only so, but whenever they deny that they live in the world defined by the enscripturated Word, Christians are more inclined to let them get away with it. This is because Christians accept the Bible, and non-Christians don't. Everybody lives in the world, like it or not. Right, and this is why we must continue to insist that the world has a nature, and that this nature is teleologically structured. There is an entelechy to all things, and this purpose, this telos, this intention, this embodiment, was determined by the God who made the world. The world has a nature. Whenever we speak of Nature, we are simply expressing this truth in a shorthand way. But we are currently living in the midst of a large-scale revolt against nature and nature's God, and … [Read more...]

Gaywalkers, Gaytards, and the Gaystapo

Let us begin, shall we, with some basic distinctions. The first has to do with the basic sin issue, with politics not involved. When I was in the Navy, and had evangelistic discussions with whoring drunks, sin was always the issue. I was presenting the gospel to them, and the necessary response to the gospel message is "repent and believe." I would talk with men who were ashamed of their sin, and also to men who were belligerent about it. I would confront them with their tomcatting ways, and they would confront me for being such a Jesus freak. But, to everyone's credit, after we would have what the diplomats call a frank exchange of views, nobody ran off to tattle. Those who are tempted with same sex attractions -- both those who are ashamed of it and try to resist it and those who are given over to it -- are gaywalkers. God built the road, and it is straight road, and he told us to cross at the intersection. Refusing to do so, or wavering on the point, is a sin issue, not a … [Read more...]

Seven Key Facts About the Pomosexual Revolt

Facebook recently decided to let people configure their profile with an available list of any number of genders. For them to publish a master list of the available options would obviously be way too confining, but one estimate puts the available options at 58 or so. One example is cisgender, a word for someone who, for the most part, identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. And they also have genderqueer, for example, but they don't have demiguy, and one only wonders when the hatred will stop. If your inclination is to think the world has gone crazy, you are right. But it is crazy with a logic to it. There are reasons for the pomosexual revolt. There are hidden drivers, and if you understand them, you will understand the central features of what is happening. Here are some of the key principles. 1. You become like what you worship. There are many places in Scripture where this principle is laid down, but I will cite only two. The first is negative, having to do … [Read more...]

Why Nature Is Necessary

Let's clear a few things out in the first paragraph. Nature is nature, which seems obvious enough, but less obvious is that nature has a nature. The grain of the natural order runs in a particular way. It is not amorphous goo that can be shaped by any volunteer demiurge that happens by. It is not an inert substance that can successfully be altered by an act of Congress, or runaway judges. I just read in the news this week that a federal judge determined that in Michigan water must now run uphill. This why sex change operations are such a fine example of pomosexual confusion. If nature does not have a nature, then subsets of nature (that would be us) would not have a nature either. If we do not have a nature, then it cannot be possible to contradict or violate it. But if we do have a nature, as established by nature's God, then one of the first things that rebels against that God will want to do is declare war on it. Not only does nature have a nature, nature also has a way of … [Read more...]

What Mardi Gras Has for Breakfast

This is happening in lots of different areas, so I don't want to pick on Rand Paul. But for the sake of convenience, let us start with him. He recently called for a "truce" within the Republican Party on "social issues," but what such a truce would actually amount to is total capitulation on the part of social conservatives. To agree to a truce on such issues is to acknowledge in some fundamental way that the issue is not what you have been claiming for it all these years. Principled incrementalism would never use the word truce. Face-saving surrenders do. If abortion is murder, you don't go halvsies on it. If you had been fighting the Nazi genocide for years, and they suddenly offered you a truce, wherein they agreed to stop killing the Feingolds and so on through the end of the alphabet, and you agreed to such a deal, would this not reveal that you had no earthly clue what position you had actually been advocating? Also, it should be said, to agree to a truce on these issues, … [Read more...]

Queer Theory for the Tea Party

Let us abandon for a moment the idea of culture war, and shift the image over to a game or a sport. Many conservative believers think we are in a straightforward contest of strength, something like sumo wrestling, when we are actually in a chess game with a master who is consistently five moves ahead of us. I bring this up because of this piece by Michael Hannon over at First Things, warning us off the false ideal of heterosexuality. And if you read that, I would then recommend this response over at Mere Orthodoxy. In this response of mine, I would want to go even farther than Matt Anderson did in registering concern. By "registering concern" I refer of course to the fact that I will be dancing in place, with my hair on fire, and waving my hands over the top of my head. There are three problems that have each contributed to setting my head ablaze. Let me outline them for you, although concentration might be a problem. … [Read more...]

Ah, But It Is a Story

So last night thirty-three couples, of all makes and models, were married at the Grammys. This solemnified high indignity was performed by Queen Latifah, while being serenaded with "Same Love" by Macklemore and Madonna. Talk about a class event! It was almost as good as getting married by Dr. Phil on Oprah because "all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing," which is to say, schlock in excelsis. They all have a constitutional right to be treated in exactly the same way, i.e. as dupes and buffoons who agreed to be stage props in Tarantino's production of Faust. And in the meantime, those Christians still besotted by our contemporary sintertainment standards are not going to reflect on how compromised they all are until next year, when the Grammys will have John the Baptist's head brought out on a platter. And even then, there will be no little debate about it, because some of our more illustrious cultural thinkers will no doubt point out that John's somewhat direct method … [Read more...]

The Emperor Has No Clothes. Turns Out He’s a Girl.

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Next time you are in SeaTac airport, C concourse, and you are in need of a jar, you can go out to the far end and take a look at this. The jeweler involved in this outrage is clearly brim full of hate. Now that we have "achieved" marriage "equality," just slam the door shut and pretend that we are done. But there is so much more left to do before we can rest. I can think of two other combos -- viciously excluded here -- right off the top of my head. What about Him and Harem? Wouldn't a supposed jeweler be interested in selling more rings, not fewer rings? Clearly, his manifest desire to limit his sales to two per wedding is not in his best interest, and must therefore be motivated by hatred. And he celebrates his hatred in an ad talking about weddings, which, when I was a young boy, used to be about love. And related to the number two, the thinly disguised hatred and contempt for bisexuals just oozed out of that ad. Look at it again. The hegemony of twoness practically … [Read more...]

Lost Boys

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I saw an insightful cartoon a number of years back. Somebody was done up flamboyantly -- I forget how, whatever was outré the year of the cartoon -- and walked past a mother with her children at the mall. The mother, ever mindful of good manners, corrected her children earnestly. "Children, don't stare." "But, mom . . . isn't that what he wants?" So the point of the ploy is to get people to notice -- which is not the same thing as getting them to see. When people just notice, the trick has worked, and whatever dopamine is released at such times gives the trickster hipster his needful buzz. But when people see, what they see is the poor, lonely soul under the tattoos, the flamboyant hair, the accessorized man purse, the loafers to be a little light in, or whatever else it is this year. People who do this sort of thing love being noticed and hate being seen -- although being seen can also frighten them with a little fragmentary bit of hope. Maybe someday somebody will break down the … [Read more...]

Same Sex Mirage

A number of writers, me included, have been warning that the slopes really are slippery, and that the admission of something as radical as same sex mirage into any part of our political life is to introduce it everywhere. And yet, it has been surprising to see how fast the whole thing is moving. It appears that the incline of the slippery slopes has steepened, and we are now picking up a goodish bit of speed. Within weeks of the Supreme Court debacle on SSM, a federal judge has now ordered Ohio to recognize a homosexual mirage contracted in Maryland. This shows that the federalist "live and let live" approach is a tactical sham. It is clearly all or nothing -- all states recognizing same sex mirage as a basic civil rights issue, or none of them doing so. All right then, none it is. What homosexual activists have been doing is insist that we redefine marriage, while pretending that all they are doing is expanding the opportunities for marriage to additional others. The problem is … [Read more...]

One of Those Circus Ponies

So what about today? Does the Leviticus 20:13 still apply today in a judicial fashion? Or could it? I will be getting to that shortly, and will be clear as a bell in my reply. But to the murky, all things will remain murky. But a few observations first. These initial observations are my imitation of asking for a coin -- since I have been asked their imitation of whether it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not. Believe it or not, not all questions are raised in search of an honest answer. Those who raise this particular question do so because they believe it to be a loaded question, applying solely to those few Christians who still take the whole Bible as altogether good, straight up. But this is, I would suggest, a loaded question for lots of groups. Let me suggest three others besides the one I am (cheerfully) in. First, Sharia law not only allows for the execution of homosexuals, it is a form of law that is being practiced today (in this aspect of it) in various parts of … [Read more...]