Few statements that Leftists make these days shock me. Many of these are direct slaps to the face of Bible-believing Christians. And we’ve heard our share of doozies, believe me.
Chief among these audacious positions include allowing babies to be murdered up until birth, with some advocating the legality of executing a baby that survives an abortion; pushing communism as the best way to make a country thrive, despite myriad examples to the contrary; increasing the minimum wage — you know, so some Americans can make a career out of flipping burgers or ripping movie theater tickets; and promoting the ludicrous notion that, despite biological evidence disproving it, there are more genders than two.
That last one is my favorite. It’s the pure epitome of “radicalism.”
These extremist and unorthodox views completely fly in the face of the founding principles of America. And worse, many of these policies directly contradict the morality of the Bible.
That, of course, doesn’t matter to Leftists, because many of them openly mock the Bible and ridicule believing Jews and Christians. Many strive to defy as many of God’s commands as possible and celebrate that as achievement.
Consequently, it comes as no surprise that many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates promote policies that run in contempt of Christian values and beliefs. And that’s why when Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered what the Washington Post referred to as a “zinger” at a forum on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, I was saddened but far from surprised.
Warren mocks Biblical definition of marriage
An audience member asked Sen. Warren how she might respond if a voter approached her and said, “I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Trying to be clever and witty, for whatever that’s worth, Warren quipped: “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that.” (As if there are no, or very few women in the country who believe in the Biblical definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.)
Warren continued: “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman — I’m cool with that.’”
There can only be one of two ways to interpret this response. Either Warren cares little about Biblical values, or she’s refusing to have an open and honest discussion about it by masking her belief within a joke.
I’m going to guess it’s the former, but either scenario doesn’t reflect well upon her.
Warren added one last “zinger” to her imaginary discussion with the “man” who believes in the Biblical definition of marriage. After telling him she’d be “cool with” him marrying just one woman, she would hypothetically say, “Assuming you can find one.”
In the era of President Donald Trump, I’ve come to expect politicians to openly poke fun at political dissidents, however distasteful that is. But I “found” and married a God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Bible-believing Christian woman, so I take no personal offense to Warren’s snarky shot.
The Bible is not à la carte
Almost a decade ago, I heard a pastor say something that has resonated with me ever since.
I’m paraphrasing it, but the pastor said something along the lines of this: “God’s Word is not something to be ordered à la carte, where you can pick and choose what you want to believe in or abide by.”
In other words, God’s Word is black and white. There is no gray. Does that mean it’s easy to read and interpret? Of course not. It’s difficult for the layperson to understand everything written from more than two millennia ago.
But the underlying principle is this: God’s moral code does not and has not changed. It is timeless and we must obey it fully.
Thus, you can either adhere to God’s commands completely, or you can choose to openly defy him.
God’s design for marriage is simple: one man and one woman
God made clear his definition of marriage in the very first book of the Bible. Open it up and start reading. You can get to it before even putting the book down to take a break.
Genesis 2:18 says: “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’”
Genesis 2:21-22 says: “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”
Finally, Genesis 2:24 says: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Of course, many skeptics — including some believing Christians — claim that the Old Testament is “outdated” and that many of God’s OT laws were “nullified” by the life of Jesus.
This, of course, is a fallacy. Without getting too deep into the theological weeds, I will simply say the following. Jesus repeated the Genesis scripture on marriage in Matthew 19:4-6.
“‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Sometimes, it appears that the Old and New Testaments are contradictory or at odds with one another. But upon closer examination, those contradictions can be resolved.
With the definition of marriage, however, there is no contradiction. The two Testaments are in concordance with one another.
Government shouldn’t mess with “free will”
This may come as a surprise to my fellow Christians, but I actually believe the government should stay out of marriage. While I don’t agree with gay marriage, I don’t think the government should condemn or prohibit it.
After all, God gave humans free will. That includes the freedom to openly defy and reject him. Therefore, if God allows it, why should the government prohibit anyone’s right to sin against God?
The only laws against free will that a government should institute and enforce are laws that prohibit one human being from trampling the God-given rights and freedoms of another human being.
We are all sinners, thus we all make choices to sin against God on a daily basis. As long as that sin doesn’t impede the freedom of another citizen, God will be thy judge. Not government.
Religious freedom exists, but religious persecution is real
We Christians — as well as Jews — are a privileged bunch in America.
And by “privilege,” I don’t mean it with the same negative connotation that the Left has attributed to it. It’s not some kind of “free ride” that benefits only a select few. It’s by the grace of God that we were born in such a free and blessed society.
No, we are privileged in that we don’t have to wake up every morning and fear for our safety based on our political beliefs.
In May, the BBC wrote an article about a report that found Christians were the most persecuted religious group. The report said the level of persecution against Christians is “at near genocide levels.” This, of course, would surprise many in the secular community who don’t bother to read about what happens around the world.
As American Christians, though, we live in a safe country with the blessed “freedom of religion” granted by the First Amendment to our Constitution.
What does this have to do with what Sen. Warren said at the LGBTQ forum, or with the policies that many Leftists advocate?
Simply this: American Christians are routinely persecuted in non-violent ways for our beliefs. We may not fear for our lives, but we fear other less-severe repercussions.
Among these fears, we are hesitant to open our mouths and speak God’s truth because of the potential public backlash. We fear being called a “bigot” or being scorned for our religious views because the “progressive” and “tolerant” Left doesn’t agree with them. We fear being mocked, ridiculed, and called naive because we have faith in God and choose to live in obedience to his Word.
The Left continues daily its assault on Judeo-Christian, Bible-based values. And it won’t stop until it eradicates the moral foundation upon which the West, and this country specifically, were built upon.
And should that ever happen … well, God save us.