There are bunch of people who think what is right is what they feel. That their assessments or decisions cannot be questioned. That they have the right to over rule those who manage them. That they can bully a decision by using identity. Today’s example is a Liberal Jew, who calls himself a rabbi, but teaches lies.
And wants to use the poor gendered confused, whose lives are self-made hells, as an example to hit the faithful with. I’m missing his consideration that Focus of Family are far right: they are (from where I sit) jellyfish, albeit evangelical jellyfish.
There are structures in our society for a reason. At a certain level, there is an accounting, and that is the person who makes the final choice. Not those with no skin in the game, not those who will not be called to account.
Tragically, Michaelson seems to have forcefully blinded himself to this distinction. He presented a dilemma of transgenderism, suggesting that Christians must support transgender identity or dehumanize people who struggle with gender dysphoria.
The options? “One is to listen to what they have to say. The other is to decide that they are so deeply mentally ill that they cannot be trusted to describe their own experiences.”
Having dismissed this straw man position as incompatible with Christian love, Michaelson proudly declared, “If the Bible is our guide, then God’s design for gender is a gigantic rainbow of variation, not a black-and-white conformity with sex.” He even suggested that transgender people present “the wondrous diversity of God’s many-gendered faces.”
There is another course, however. As Michaelson admitted, the Bible presents human beings as male and female, and never suggests that a woman could or should become a man or a man become a woman.
But the Bible does have an explanation for gender dysphoria. The fallen condition of humanity has saddled human beings with a sinful nature, a mind and heart bent toward confusion, selfishness, and evil
Again, there is nothing new in this. One expects some bitching and moaning from one’s subordinates. But what we are now getting is gross slanders against anyone who brings in a sense of rigour — and when they say things will not work they are Managed. Because the bureaucrats must be happy, and to hell with the people.
And Paul did deal with such.
1Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3This is my defense to those who would examine me. 4Do we not have the right to our food and drink? 5Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? 7Who at any time pays the expenses for doing military service? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not get any of its milk?
8Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law also say the same? 9For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10Or does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop. 11If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? 12If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we still more?
Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. 13Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is sacrificed on the altar? 14In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
15But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this so that they may be applied in my case. Indeed, I would rather die than that – no one will deprive me of my ground for boasting!
Those of us who lead tend to be gentle. We don’t let our harshness out. We choose our words carefully.
And the foolish see this as weakness. They push.
And now that offense is weaponised and professionalism redefined as slavish obedience to their wishes, they think they have power.
But this did not work in Paul’s time, and it will not work now.
For the insubordinate will find themselves without leadership, without pastoral covering, and without protection.
They have walked away from Christ, the structures of the church that act to keep us stable, and from nature itself.
And they want us to cure them of a disease of their making.
There is only one cure: repentance.
Do not be like such. Do not listen to such.
And do not send your children to any organization that tolerates them.