Freedom from morality does not provide true freedom. It only brings about another type of bondage. It demands to be served and destroys all it touches. The other choice is freedom in Christ, which delivers us from the bondage of sin.
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
In a few days we will be celebrating the 245th anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Independence. In 1776 the newly forming nation was taking a stand for freedom from an oppressive government—although the British of the 18th century seem like school bullies in knickers when compared to our Big Brother Government—aligned with Big Tech—today. Still, almost everyone still wants freedom for themselves, though perhaps not so much for those they disagree with—if today’s popular acceptance of Big Tech censorship is any indication. Many people today seem perfectly comfortable with Big Brother control of most aspects of life—and seem quite willing to sell out their American birthright of freedom for free stuff—but they certainly are demanding freedom from biblical morality.
Back in the olden days, you know, 5-10 years ago, there was no question in most American’s mind about what a male or female was. Today, such designations are seen as matters of personal preference based on how an individual feels today. Tomorrow they may change gender and insist that everyone else keep step with their decisions and use their latest pronouns, or else. In a blow to Women’s sports, from which they may never recover, second rate male athletes can “realize” they are transgendered females and walk away with all the marbles at women’s sporting events. No physical changes are necessary at all. Many if not most of these new women have already undergone puberty as a male, giving them a huge advantage in size and strength over those contestants who have been girls all along.
One wouldn’t think people—especially those who fought for gender equality in sports—would go along with these massive and rapid changes, but many people seem to have immediately embraced the change, while many others may need just a little more time to accept such explosive adjustments in their thinking. It is usual in these cultural battles that before long, the majority can be counted on to “get with the program” so everybody can move on to the next ginned up “human rights battle” on the left’s agenda. In a fairly short space of time, the majority of Americans may happily “forget” they ever believed we should consider biological FACTS in judging such an issue. Why follow the science? Oppression is the issue, not biology, right?
So, just where are we as a culture on the transgender issue right now? According to Lifeway Research’s recent article, “Americans Agree With Pastors on Gender Identity—Barely:”
A slim majority of U.S. adults say changing genders, identifying as a gender different than one’s biological sex, is morally wrong.
According to the latest survey from Gallup on morality, 51% of Americans say it is immoral to change genders, while 46% say it is morally acceptable.
Much of this is a culmination of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Astronomical changes in cultural thinking about sexual behavior have occurred in the last 50-60 years. What had been regarded as deviant—or at the very least, outside of the norm—is completely acceptable and accepted today, even among many Christians and churches. But do not make the mistake of thinking the revolution against biblical values is over. It isn’t over by a long shot. There are still “oppressive moral roadblocks” (Satire) in the way of people fulfilling their deepest desires.
Christianity changed the world, turning it decidedly away from paganism and toward the worship and the moral prescriptions of the God of the bible. The church, over the centuries, absolutely transformed the way culture thought about itself, God, and their place in the universe. This included what was seen as acceptable regarding sexuality, the elevation of women out of the status of mere chattel, the value of human life and the care and treatment of children, and much more. Marriage for example, was seen, in Christian societies, as a monogamous union between one man and one woman for life. Obviously, people never lived up perfectly to Christian ideals regarding monogamy, et al, but the ideals were nevertheless honored as right, while other choices were regarded as wrong. Even people who flouted the “rules” often saw their own actions as wrong and often hid immoral behavior from public view.
We all know these “ideals” have been greatly diminished even among Christians today. Non-Christians sneer at such ideals, and many Christians have bought the leftist rhetoric and do not like to be labeled “bigoted,” or seen as being “judgmental” of almost any behavior.
So, over the last 200 years or so, we could sadly say that culture is returning the favor and transforming the church back to the paganism she was born into. This trend will likely continue. In many ways we live on the other bookend of time than did the early Christians. The time we live in now is more like the 1st Century than any other time between then and now.
Marriage today is now culturally defined merely as two people, regardless of gender, entering into a legal union being called marriage. It seems likely that polygamy and polyamory will soon become legal, as the rule regarding “two persons” will be seen as oppression against those who want to include more partners in their union. LOVE, after all, must take precedence over some arbitrary number. The 2017 article, “Will Polygamy Be Legalized in the U.S.?” noted,