Just act natural

leather-768230_1920One of the things I find fascinating about this whole thing about allowing boys that identify as girls into girls’ locker rooms, and vice versa is this: The experts tell the students that it is natural to do this. There is no reason to be uncomfortable. It is only your upbringing that has made you uncomfortable.

As a parent of both a boy and a girl, I can tell you that both reached a point, on their own, without coaching from me, that they were no longer comfortable being unclothed in front of anyone, even someone of the same gender. So it is not normal or natural, as the experts say, to be ok with being undressed in front of someone of the opposite physical gender, let alone someone of your own gender.

The Bible shows pretty clearly that when humans were first created it was perfectly normal for people to hang out together unclothed. But as soon as we decided to stop following God’s rules for us, we immediately became embarrassed about being naked. Fascinatingly enough, Adam and Eve were embarrassed even though it was only the two of them, and they were married. In most societies, that is the only situation in which people should feel comfortable being unclothed around each other, and yet, they weren’t.

Because none of us are perfect any longer, it is not natural to be unclothed in front of someone else in a locker room. We learn to tolerate it when all are the same gender, though it is still uncomfortable. It is not in the least natural to be changing in front of the opposite physical gender.

You know its true when even God helps out:

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”

Genesis 3: 21

Here’s to a safe environment for all!

Teach them Diligently

“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

The number one thing I would encourage all of us parents to do is to teach our kids to love, trust and obey God. That is the only thing that will get them through anything in this life, and into the next.

Someday I won’t be around to help them. Someone might do something terrible to them that no one could have stopped. They might fail in some way. But God will never fail.

Teach them all you know, and even those things that you haven’t yet totally come to grips with yourself, but know that the Bible says are true – teach them those things, too. And teach them how to stop and talk to God for themselves. Teach them how to recall Bible verses for the tough situations they encounter – and for the good situations too.

Never stop teaching.

Unity vs Cult

Recently, I heard the statement, “I don’t let theology get in the way of unity.”

Here’s just a couple of my thoughts on that.

Jesus did say that he wanted us all to be united:

21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. John 17:21

But he also had this to say:

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Revelation 22:18-19

Finally, he gave this warning, too:

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 1 Timothy 6:4

So, be careful about those who would proclaim something that isn’t written in the Bible – that would be someone starting a cult. But don’t quibble over obscure words or difficult to understand passages, either. Instead:

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 1 Timothy 6:4

God bless us all as we struggle to find the truth.

 

Women’s unLiberation

I have found it very fascinating that the new craze to sweep us ladies up is so anti everything we say we have been working for over the past century or so.  We truly have come a long way, baby. Yes, there are still plenty of places to go – women are not paid 100% equally to men, many women are suffering unspeakable tyranny both here in the United States and throughout the world. But overall, things are moving in a good direction for women here in the  United States.

So why the embracing of tyranny again? Why, after all of the hard work of generations of women liberators are we mesmerized by those gray books and movies? We say we want to be free, to be treated with respect, to be seen as an equal, and yet, we are captivated by this? Why?

I have not read or watched them, so I am just going off of the advertising that I wasn’t able to miss, and I do understand that the protagonist does eventually free herself, for a time, anyway. But why get so sucked up into it in the first place?

The only answer I could come up with is this: all of us were made to worship, to be obsessed by, to be captivated, even enslaved by something or someone. I see it in my own daily life. I am not truly happy unless I have something that requires something of me – my cat, my guinea pig, my husband, my kids, the school, the church, my family, my friends, my books.

Yes, it is nice to have a day or two with nothing to do. But to find real fulfillment, I need someone or something that requires my time and attention.

Why did I get a dog when I was single? Yes, a big reason was because I needed something that would require me to exercise, but I also needed something that would need me. Why did I get married? Why did I have kids? I wanted to belong, I wanted to have some people to serve, to have fun with, too, but, primarily to serve – that is what true love is, after all – giving your life up for another.

I think the following Bible passage sums up well that we are destined to be slaves, it is just our choice to what:

18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to escalating wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.

20For when you were slaves to sin, you were free of obligation to righteousness. 21What fruit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:18-23

My Heart Goes out to Orlando

I pray that everyone affected by the devastating event that took place Sunday evening in Orlando

(and, I guess that is every one of us, to one degree or another)

finds the love, joy and peace that we are looking for –

the search of those things drove people to that night club in the first place.

Humble Yourselves Before God
God Loves you!                                                                              http://www.crosscards.com

 

psalms 94:19
God gives us joy!                                                                                                                                   dailyverses.net

 

john 14:27
Only Jesus gives lasting peace.                                                                                               dailyverses.net

 

God bless you with his Love, Joy and Peace, today and forever!