You secularists are fond of using coercion to make evangelicals bake you a cake, right? That’s kind of your thing, isn’t it? Well, let me volunteer to make you one. I am calling it the cake of confusion, and it is a pretty large one. We shall have to feather the frosting on with a canoe paddle.
I will take as my starting point the fact that National Geographic has a cover story celebrating the genital mutilation of children. Now bear with me because I do know that the NG cover boy has not undergone surgery yet. Thus far we are just celebrating pink hair dye and our own inability to follow a line of reasoning for more than a couple inches. But given the premises, the conclusion must and will follow. This tightly-wound tangle of rebellion and incoherence is going to unravel all the way. So when his mutilation surgery is scheduled, and a young boy has his penis cut off, the moral cretins at National Geographic, and all their co-groomers, will have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. And so they will say what the kultursmog will continue to demand that they must say, which is that maiming the sex organs of healthy young children is a positive, healthy thing (Is. 5:20). Those who oppose themselves to such things are simply haters. More on that in a bit.
But the secularist wants to protest right at the outset that what they are celebrating has to be distinguished from the genital mutilation that other cultures practice—you know, the backward kinds of culture. For example, in such backwater Muslim societies, girls are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). This has been done to upwards of 200 million people. The World Health Organization defines it as “the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”
The emphasis there is mine, for the simple reason that “non-medical reasons” include the West’s fear of masculine sexuality, just as Islam fears feminine sexuality. Non-medical reasons would include our culture’s current lunatic warp spasm.
For those of us who are committed to not being science deniers, the American College of Pediatricians didn’t get the official zeitgeist memo and had this to say:
“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”
Exactly so. Which means the January issue of National Geographic is actually devoted to the proposition that we as a people are totally lost.
You don’t know where you are going, but you insist that we let you drive. You don’t know the difference between black and white, left or right, mine and yours, boys and girls, drive and reverse, good and evil, but you must be the driver. You look down on your manifest betters with a patronizing sneer, and you mock them for actually understanding the world. You hector people for being “science deniers” when all they want to do is ask reasonable questions about the climate, but when the first opportunity to join the ranks of what Matt Walsh calls biology deniers comes along, you are totally in.
Out there in the outer darkness you will still believe that you are in control. You will still be turning the steering wheel back and forth, making engine noises with your pale, etiolated lips, and will be jerking back and forth on what you believe used to be a stick shift. But there will be nothing ahead of you but darkness, nothing to the left and right but darkness, nothing above or below you but darkness, and nothing behind you but a long trail of rejected and despised opportunities to repent. You will scarcely be able to see the pinpoints of light back there anymore, and you haven’t even tried to look in a while. But you will still be in what you are pleased to think of as “the driver’s seat.” Whatever works for you. That’s the crucial thing. Autonomy is a precious thing that must be preserved, at all costs, especially out here in the middle of the Abyss where absolutely nobody cares.
Damnation settles when a point of no return is passed. That point is ultimately known only to God (Dt. 29:29), but our marching orders tell us to assume that it is when a person dies (Heb. 9:27; Prov. 11:7). Until that happens, we are permitted to hold out some hope (1 John 5:16). Some may pass such a point of no return prior to death (Matt. 12:31), but that sort of thing is best left to the omniscience of God. I am not speaking here of God’s decrees of election and reprobation, which were settled before the world was created, but rather of an experienced moment in the life of every individual. Experience of what?
Christians are accustomed to distinguish the sin from the sinner. This distinction is good and right, but it is only possible to make this distinction because of what Jesus did on the cross. It is possible for a man to be forgiven, which is to say, it is possible for a distinction to be made between that man and his sins. The man can now be taken in one direction, and his sins in another. He may be established on dry land, and his sins are in the deepest part of the sea (Mic. 7:19).
But when damnation occurs, there is no such distinction. When God casts the wicked into the infinite gulf of their own empty imaginations, He is casting the sinner there, along with the sin. The sins do not go by themselves into the lake of fire; it is the sinner who is plunged there. That distinction between sin and sinner is a distinction made possible only through the cross of Christ, and it is precisely that distinction that is being offered there. And when the cross is rejected, it is that particular distinction that is being rejected. Believers continue to hope, which is why they continue to hold out the gospel.
But that hope is not facile or presumptuous. We know that the unrepenting sinner is insisting on a close and final identification with his sin, which is actually the wish for a damnation which may one day soon be granted. This why we make our gospel appeal with love and loathing together. “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 22–23, ESV).
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate” (Prov. 8:13, ESV) “Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?” (Ps. 139:21).
Shall the Lord Jesus promise to take a millstone and tie it around the necks of the photographers and graphic designers for National Geographic, and throw the lot of them into the sea (Matt. 18:6), and shall His people withhold an amen? The secular state hates childhood. How many children have you dismembered so far? When you are willing to cut off their heads in the womb, and to sell off their parts, then it would seem that cutting off their genitals for the sake of your ideological kinks would be child’s play. Do we hate you? How could we not? Do we love you? We are offering you the death of Jesus Christ, which makes it possible for you and your vile condition to be separated. Do we love you? Of course we love you? Here is Jesus Christ—come to Him. Come now, before the night falls. It won’t be the kind of night that you can dance away.
This only seems harsh to you because the way you behave does not seem harsh at all. But the choice is simple. You will either be harsh with sin, or you will be harsh with those who bear the image of God—or, as you prefer to think of them, the protoplasmic end-products of blind evolution. That is what helped you become so bloodthirsty. You needed that help, especially at first.
But though this seems harsh, and seems like a straight whiskey kind of gospel, I want to assure you that if you were to repent (as Jesus made possible), and turn away from your bloodlusts, and come to us to be baptized, you would be embraced. There would be tears. You would be received, taught the gospel, washed with water, and welcomed to the bread and wine. The cross of Jesus Christ makes it possible to love you, and for you to love us, despite everything. Our sins? That which made love impossible? They have been removed from us, as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12).
One of the reasons you secularists are not coming to Christ is that the gospel is not being preached to you. The preaching of the gospel is described in Scripture as coming under the form repent and believe. Repent, you say? You people are detestable. The good news really does begin there, and nowhere else.