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The Perfect Pair

One of the shows on television that has always given me the creeps is The Bachelor (and it’s girl-power counterpart, The Bachelorette).  I would be lying if I said I had never watched it.  The handful of episodes I have seen were more like opposition research rather than entertainment.  The concept of speed-dating multiple partners, ditching the less desirable ones along the way, until you find the perfect match has all the makings for a trusting and fulfilling, lifelong relationship – especially when you throw in a lot of inappropriate physical contact with those partners, and when you document the whole ordeal in front of a national television audience.  Note the sarcasm please.  There’s just no way to spin the fact that The Bachelor is about giving some dude a harem and saying, “Go get ‘em tiger.”   If you watch it because “it’s soooo romantic,” ask yourself if you would like to see your son or daughter on the show.

One problem with reality television is that it isn’t very real.  Real life doesn’t have makeup artists, wardrobe consultants, multi-million-dollar mansions, or ABC’s bottomless wallet.  Real life doesn’t have rose ceremonies where the broken-hearted can be whisked away in a limo to carry on with their lives, never to be heard from again.  All of this television magic simply serves to mask the big, ugly monster lurking in the shadows.  The biggest problem with almost all reality television is that it is a business designed to exploit human sin in order to make a profit.  The Bachelor, in particular, makes a mockery of the biblical definition of marriage and the reality is that we may not even notice.

Now deceased, Senator Dan Moynihan coined the phrase, “defining deviancy down.”  In sociological terms, if you can’t fix it, make it normal.  Divorce, pornography, adultery – these things were once seen as menaces to a community are now seen as normal by everybody except some evangelical Christians.  Enter the current push to normalize homosexuality.  The reality is that 50 years ago, the concept of The Bachelor would have been terribly offensive to the culture, and any man behaving in such a way would be considered a womanizer at best or a gigolo at worst.  Now, we see the whole thing as “romantic” and we consume it in droves.  In reality of that reality show it is simply a man acting like an animal.

It is no surprise that Genesis offers a proper foundation for our understanding of God’s design in marriage.  And as you guessed it, our current cultural trends do not reflect God’s design.  In fact, like all human sin, the are an affront to God’s design.  Genesis tells us that God created marriage to be between one man and one woman.  There’s no room for homosexuality there. Remember, God’s mandate to mankind – be fruitful and multiply.  There’s only one arrangement that makes that happen.  That’s not intolerant or hateful, just biblical.  Genesis tells us that God created man to leave their father and mother and become one flesh with his wife.  That eliminates any opportunity for fornication prior to marriage.  While the culture today believes that fornicating is completely normal, God says its beyond his design.  It also precludes adultery.  There is no way one can be one flesh with more than one person.  In marriage math, 1+1=1.  That’s why adultery and fornication are so damaging to marriage because it adds a variable to the equation that permanently skews the result.  Genesis also says that man and woman are to “hold fast.”  The divorce epidemic is also out of bounds.  Genesis does not give an exit strategy to marriage.  Oh yeah, all the other deviant behavior pertaining to marriage – all that is out of bounds too.  Chauvinism and feminism, wrong.  Emotional, verbal, physical abuse, wrong.  I could go on.

Sometimes people accuse Christians of being intolerant of homosexuals.  That’s not completely true.  Biblical Christianity must reject all behavior that is contrary to God’s design, not just the one that appears to be the most flagrant.  Perhaps we are more reluctant to treat fornication, adultery and divorce like we treat homosexuality because those are the sins with which we are the most complicit.

In Christ,

Pastor Brian

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My Take on Phil

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The “Phil Robertson Scandal” has garnered attention for more than a week now.  In our day and time, anytime a celebrity scandal lasts more than 72 hours, you know that you’re dealing with something significant.  In case you’ve been so overwhelmed with the Christmas holiday and had no idea that there was a scandal, let me fill in some blanks.  Phil Robertson, the founding father of a ridiculously successful manufacturer of hunting paraphernalia and one of the stars of A&E’s smash hit reality show Duck Dynasty, made some comments in a GQ interview about some issues that are, shall we say, “culturally sensitive.”  At the heart of what he said, was a biblical understanding of those issues – he just said it in such a way that might give some cause to blush.  Those comments led A&E to permanently bench Phil from the show.  To be completely honest, I read the article and was FAR more irritated by the reporter’s vile language than anything Phil said, but that’s not the point. (You can read the article here, but be warned, it has strong language that isn’t Phil’s).

What has been most interesting about this whole ordeal is how the media has handled it.  One interview, hosted by CNN’s Piers Morgan pitted Dr. Michael Brown, a well-respected Old Testament scholar and apologist against Marc Lamont Hill, one of CNN’s political commentators. During the interview Piers asked Dr. Brown if Jesus ever said anything about the cultural issue of the hour.  Dr. Brown gave him three instances where Jesus specifically spoke about these issues.  Naturally, expressing a biblical view on this issue set off the more left-leaning Hill.  He immediately began to refute Dr. Brown, claiming that the Bible never says anything about sodomy, even stating that God’s judgment against Sodom in Genesis 19 was a result of their lack of hospitality.

Welcome to 21st Century America.  This is now the land of the “Twisted Scripture.”  Now, instead of the Bible being the unchangeable plumb-line of morality, we simply look at the words and try to explain why they don’t actually mean what they say: that God didn’t judge Sodom for sodomy but because they were not very neighborly; that when God said that perversions are sinful, he surely didn’t mean my perversion.  There’s logic for you.  Our culture is more tolerant of a God who wipes a city off the face of the earth because of their hospitality problems than because of the gross and rampant perversions running wild in the streets.

Christian’s are up in arms over Phil’s departure.  To a degree, this is certainly appropriate.  I’m sure that A&E has gotten there plenty of good-natured, kind, Christian love expressed through letters, emails, and social media.  At the end of the day, I trust that Phil can take care of himself.  I suspect he wouldn’t miss a beat if the A&E production trucks rolled off his land once and for all.

What should bother us even more than Phil losing his job is the concerted effort to discredit biblical authority once and for all in our culture.  Phil Robertson has done something that few others have been able to do – he has put the Word of God right in the faces of those who chose to ignore it: the liberal-minded, culture-shapers of the media.  Now, instead of saying they don’t believe it, they try to twist it into something that it clearly isn’t.

Guess what, the Bible warned us that this would happen.  Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:16, He [Paul] speaks about these things in all his letters in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction,  as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.”

One of the best things Christians can do in light of the ongoing Phil Robertson saga is renew their commitment to the inerrancy and relevance of the Scriptures.  The Bible is not old and stale, outdated and worn out.  As we have seen in recent days, it always has a word to speak to the culture, whether the culture likes it or not.  More and more Christians are going to need to be like Phil, willing to share it no matter how much it costs them.

Firmly Committed,

Pastor Brian

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Sodomy or Sweet Tea?

They looked like they had been through a battle.  Their uniforms were dirty and disheveled.  They had sweat beading up on their foreheads.  They had been fighting, some for six or seven hours with no end in sight.  And when I looked one of them in the eye to tell them thank you, she replied with an exasperated, “My pleasure.”

Such was the scene at one of our local Chick-fil-A restaurants on Wednesday.  Now, if you know anything about me, you know that I don’t really need an excuse to eat there.  Yes, I am a fanboy.  Yes, I could eat all three meals there and even finish the day with a milkshake.

But who knew that my favorite fast-food establishment would be ground zero for a cultural battle that is simmering.  No doubt that Tuesday’s election in Georgia was important, but the biggest statements made this week were the lines that poured out of Chick-fil-A’s all across the nation on Wednesday.  Have we really come to a place as a nation where the most significant question is not black or white? Rich or poor? Republican or Democrat? Left or right?  Could it be that the most significant cultural question this week boils down to a simple choice – sodomy or sweet tea?

There may be some who feel that this whole thing is blown out of proportion.  I would tend to agree.  But when cities threaten to refuse business licenses because of the religious convictions of the owner, Christians should pay close attention.  Why not refuse Baptist churches building permits because the Bible explicitly condemns sexual sin?  Why not refuse business licenses to stores that sell the Bible?  Suddenly it isn’t about sweat tea any longer.  I hope we all understand that this is much bigger than Chick-fil-A.

And I hope we all understand that this is not about homophobia.  I do not believe the Cathy’s are homophobes.  If they were intentionally undercooking the chicken of homosexuals, then I might be persuaded otherwise.  The truth is that the homosexual is a sinner just like I am.  I was in the same boat as every homosexual in the world – condemned in my transgressions and sin.  But God saw fit to rescue me from my sin through the cross.  And I truly believe that God can rescue any sinner, no matter what sin they’re in bondage to – sodomy, pornography, or pride.

I don’t actually believe that the Chick-fil-A battle is about sin at all, at least directly.  Instead, it is about the right of people to have convictions that there is an absolute moral authority.  That’s all Dan Cathy did – made a statement of value based soundly on the authority of Scripture.  Who did he offend?  The people who reject the notion that moral absolutes apply to them – as well as those hoping to be elected by those same people.

The day that American citizens cannot form their opinions based on biblical principles without fear of persecution is a dark day for our nation.  I champion the rights of Mr. Cathy to make a statement like he did.  Believe it or not, I also champion the rights of the left to disagree with him.  But I do not champion the attempts of our culture to suppress the opinions shared by Mr. Cathy and at least half of the electorate of our nation.  This isn’t about sweet tea, it’s not about fried chicken, it’s about freedom.  And that is something you should definitely care about.

In Christ,

Pastor Brian

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