But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of Truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry. (John 15:26-27)
Relate: I think I need to lay a little groundwork in the truth today. Normally I do my best to stay away from controversial, political type issues because they tend to detract from our primary purpose in being here which is to carry the good news of what Jesus has done for us into our world. Today, I just have to speak out a little. Forgive me as I step up on my soap box for a second.
I was reading this morning about Houston’s non discrimination ordinance and the fact that the city threw out a large chunk of the signed petitions for its repeal in order to keep it on the books. Now the city is suing many of the major pastors in the area demanding oversight of their sermons. Ridiculous. Garbage.
Lets put a little truth on the issue. There is no such thing as height confusion. A person can wear heals or go barefoot. They can slouch or stand up straight. They can spike their hair as high as it will go. A person can even spend their days walking around on stilts if they chose. None of that changes their height. It is a biological fact of life. Certain places and activities like the McDonalds playhouse and the big kids roller coasters have height limitations. These aren’t unfair, cruel or unjust. They simply are.
In the same way, a person can dress, act talk, walk, and even think however they like. As long as they are not hurting another, they are fine. That does not change their gender. For 99.99% of all “gender confusion” cases, three simple words can clear it up. Check your plumbing. There are certain areas, built for plumbing relief, that are restricted to certain types of plumbing. This is not cruel, unfair, or unjust. It simply is. By limiting these rooms to certain types of plumbing, normal people and responsible businesses are creating a safer environment for everyone. The whims of a rebellious minority who refuse to acknowledge the plain, biological truth does not have any right to tyrannize the majority.
React: One of the names for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. One of the major functions of the Holy Spirit is that He is the author and sustainer of life. Just as a loss for the sanctity of life (abortion, capital punishment, hawkishness) is an evidence of a society in rebellion against God, so is a loss for the respect of truth as seen in such cases as Houston and others around our nation. The problem is, we have been fighting a tooth and nail political battle trying to put band aids on the symptoms when we should be getting on our knees to war against the disease of Godlessness that can only be cured by praying in an outpouring of the Spirit of Truth, the Sustainer of Life, on our cities and cultures and world.
God, I thank You that ultimately, You are victorious. No matter the assault, no matter the denials, You are Truth. There is nothing, ever, that can negate that fact. I pray for my nation, I pray for my society, I pray for my world. I do not necessarily pray that the right laws and ordinances would be passed. I pray rather that an overwhelming awareness of Your presence and Your lordship would make such laws and ordinances would be unnecessary. I pray for a revival that doesn’t just sensationalize a city but rather transforms a society. Through us, turn this world upside down once again.