Inclusive

I recently saw a cartoon. It’s a sign in the desert: “Warning. This is an inclusive society and if we think you are talking, thinking, or behaving in a non-inclusive way, you will be excluded.” Ha ha!

It’s not far from the truth. It seems that you have the right to agree with popular opinion, but can’t say anything against the accepted views of the moment. If you dare to express different views, you’ll be ridiculed, even vilified. “Think like we think, and you’ll be fine.” And, all the time, they use words like tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity.

In truth, tolerance and inclusivity are only for likeminded people, and diversity is code language for setting cuotas for including women and minorities. If you differ (in religion, politics, or persuasion), or if your skin isn’t the right shade, or if you’re a man … poor you. You’re not tolerated, included, and your diversity wasn’t the right kind. Basically, you allowed to blend in—unless you qualify to be diverse. Figure it.

Wise Solomon said, There is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). People have been excluding others who don’t see things the same way they do for centuries.

Jesus said:

  • Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (Matthew 5:11).
  • Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also (John 15:20).
  • If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).

When Christians have different views (biblical ones) from the mainstream thoughtstyle of the moment, they shouldn’t be surprised that they’re not popular. Jesus wasn’t either. The public even made up lies about Him.

It’s strange. While the world admires great individuals who overcome and set out and rise to the top, they frown on anyone with a different worldview. Why is it so bad to be maverick? Why can’t a person have biblical values? Why are born-again people reviled? What happened to tolerance and inclusion? Secular, anti-Christian rhetoric prevails.

Thankfully, Jesus didn’t only tell us to expect some bumps along the way, He told us how to handle people who become our enemies. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).

That’s different, for sure. Instead of being angry and seeking revenge, we realize that our enemies are actually sinners for whom Christ died. They would be different if they embraced Him as Savior and repented of their sins. They’d be Christians, too.

Now, that’s inclusive!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Don’t even breathe!

The ecology people are getting stronger. Nowadays, you don’t only need to recycle. You have to avoid using single-use plastics all together. They outlawed plastic straws in some places, but that’s just the beginning. In Europe, plastic bags are almost as precious as silver. You have to take your own reusable bags to the supermarket, and if you forget, you must buy a bag—and reuse it. Less and less products are wrapped in plastic, and more supermarkets are using paper baskets and bags.

The other day I read, “They used to tell us to save the trees; use plastic instead. Today, they tell us not to use plastic; use paper instead.” It’s a crazy world.

“Recycle everything.”

“Don’t produce trash”—whatever that means.

I jokingly tell my husband he’s allowed to recycle everything but me.

The United Kingdom is promising to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. The morning news said England can’t put a proposed airport runway anywhere but beside existing runways and still meet that target—nor will they ever be able to build a new runway anywhere else in the country.

My husband guesses that in the future we’ll all ride bicycles—and they’ll fine us for exhaling.

You can ask anyone who knows me well: I love trees. I am totally for recycling, changing habits, and not being wasteful. I even compost my kitchen scraps.

But, I think we’re trying to save humanity backwards.

The real need isn’t carbon neutrality, non-plastic everything, sorting our trash, and nixing airplanes. It’s not going back to horses and buggies and subsistence farming.

We need another kind of salvation: for our souls.

You can save the planet, which will all be burnt up anyhow, and forget about the most important thing in the world, your own soul. Jesus asked, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

God knows how long the earth needs to sustain human life. He already has a plan in place, and it includes taking care of humans. It also includes the complete destruction of this earth. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).

It doesn’t end there. There will be a new heaven and new earth. The Apostle John had a vision of what would happen. He wrote, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21:1).

God gave the responsibility for caring for the earth to the first people, and He gave us the same responsibility. We’re to be good stewards of everything God gives us. We should remember, though, that the earth was made for humans and not humans for the earth.

The fact remains: the most important thing in life is our heart.

Even if the green movement ends up making us ride bikes and fines us for breathing, we need to tend to our hearts first and foremost.

The Ten Commandments begin: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

A lawyer asked Jesus, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment (Matthew 22:36-38).

God first.

Is Jesus your Savior? Have you been born again? A man named Nicodemus went to Jesus at night to ask Him questions. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Then, He explained, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:3, 14-17).

We all have a way to go before we can honestly say we love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. That’s a goal worth working toward.

You can breathe easy and not worry. I guarantee you the earth will be here until God’s done with it.

Your soul is much more important. Let’s love the Lord. He gets top priority.

Oh Lord, how long?

Every time a state signs a bill to kill more babies—many at birth or even after—I mourn. Then, I get angry. How could anyone think it’s just fine to kill an innocent, precious human child?

My mind goes to the other end of the scale, too, where five countries have approved doctor-decisioned euthanasia for old, “worthless” lives. I mourn, aware that each old person wilfully killed off is someone’s brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, or uncle. Who says they don’t have a right to be alive? I don’t understand that doctors should be able to kill. Period. Assisted suicide is legal in three countries and nine U. S. states. This means doctors can help people kill themselves–and disobey the Hippocratic oath they took.

The more we learn about babies, the more we understand that killing the baby would virtually never help the mother. The old arguments for abortion don’t even exist today.

I saw a quote the other day that a pregnant woman should not be called a mother. I don’t get why anyone could make such a statement. Doesn’t the very definition of pregnancy talk about mother and baby? Or have they changed that, too?

The more my own country makes laws that kill people, the more I ask, “Oh Lord, how long?”

It’s not a new question, and the answer is beautiful.

Many years ago, the prophet Jeremiah was bemoaning his sufferings—which were many—and then he contemplated truth. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23).

How long will the Lord put up with it all? With killing babies and old people? With wars, genocides, and mass killings?

We don’t know.

But, we do know that every day that we have on earth, it’s because of His great mercy. It’s another sign that God is faithful and His compassion never fails.

The next time I want to throw up my hands and ask “How long,” I will remind myself the God is merciful. Therefore, he’s given us another morning.

And, I will praise Him.

Trans Formed

Today, people are transforming themselves from what they are to what they think they should be. It’s happened all through history, though now, transitioning is more accepted in mainstream societies.

As children, we used to do this through make-believe play. I’ve been a princess, a pirate, a gypsy, and more—with the help of a few costume pieces and lots of imagination.

The transitions happening today aren’t child’s play. They include, but aren’t limited to, gender dysforia. A person thinks he should be in a different body, so the medical community helps him transform his body. They use drugs, surgery, and hair removal to achieve this. It changes the person’s outside, but it will never change his DNA.

It’s a lot like me “being” a pirate when I was a child. I could act the part, look (more or less) like a mini-pirate, but the truth was I was still a small girl dressing up.

Some time ago, I watched a video of a young woman who’s convinced she’s a cat. She talks in purrs, dresses in a costume complete with tail and ears, and she scratches and meows. I’m not sure if she’s seriously delusional or if she has a deep need for attention, but she’s obviously a person in a cat costume, acting out cat behavior. She isn’t and never will be a real cat. She won’t land on her feet if dropped from a high place. Sad, indeed.

Did you know the Bible says that people should be transformed?

  • But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).
  • But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22).
  • And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
  • But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).

There’s a lot of confusion in this world. Did you know that Satan and demons can morph themselves into looking good? And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Leaders can make wrong acts seem right.

This is what God says about them. Read carefully; it’s strong talk about topics that affect us today. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:22-32).

Wow! Let’s take this passage apart, so that we’re understanding what God wants us to know.

  • People who say they know it all are actually displaying their foolishness.
  • The people described in this passage represented God as an image that wasn’t God—idolatry.
  • When they worshipped other things, God gave them free reign to exercise their own lusts. These desires include all kinds of deviant sexual activities as well as the list of wicked acts, which includes boasting, disobedience to parents, envy, and breaking promises.
  • The people who sin in these ways, deserve death. (Keep in mind, they have already rejected God.) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).)
  • It’s also a sin for others to derive vicarious pleasure from those who do these things (Hollywood films, TV, reality shows, etc.).

It shouldn’t surprise us that the world is getting worse. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

Thankfully, there’s hope!

God can transform hearts. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

God can heal hurts, and He forgets our sins. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7). For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:12).

God can give us joy. Jesus said, These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full (John 15:11).

Do you need God to transform your life?

Let the Lord take it and make it beautiful. Go to Him. Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

If you are a born again Christian, do you have sin problems?

God can transform you, too. This verse was written to Christians: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Outrage

As I watched the people in the gallery cheer and clap over Governor Cuomo’s signing of the new abortion bill allowing abortions up until birth, I was overcome.

How could a room full of beautiful women be happy about this?

How could any woman be okay with this?

Why wouldn’t a person hang his head in shame for approving such a thing?

But, I saw a table of people smiling and looking very pleased with themselves for allowing abortion up until the moment of birth.

And then, they lit up the World Trade Center pink—in celebration of abortion!

I cry with the shame of it.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines abortion this way: “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.”

If someone is no longer pregnant, something awful has happened to the baby. Either it happened naturally, as in a miscarriage, or it was induced. In every case, abortion results in “the death of the embryo or fetus.”

Death.

A baby’s death.

It is federal crime in the United States to disturb the nest or egg (unborn bird) of the bald or golden eagle.

There are rules and regulations about mammals, lab animals, and pets, especially dogs and cats. They must be handled mercifully. They must not suffer much pain. They should live in a controlled climate. You can’t starve your pets or mistreat them.

And, that’s good.

One of the things that outrages me about today’s ruling is that abortion has been going on for years already, some as late as birth. Partial-birth abortions are done at the moment of birth, when the head crowns, and a little afterwards. Yet, the progressive state of New York makes killing its little ones a badge of glory.

I am angry.

So is God.

He insisted on judgment for abortion and murder of the mothers. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border (Amos 1:13).

For accidental death caused by foolish fighting, the Old Testament Law says, If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine (Exodus 21:22).

God is the Giver of life. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).

God is the Designer of the human body. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139:13-16).

God loves His creation. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Genesis 1:31). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

One of the Ten Commandments is: Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13). Anyone who does an abortion causes a baby who was alive to die. That is active killing, and God does not approve.

Abortion has been legally allowed in the United States since 1973. Over 60 million babies have been killed since then. (Compare that with the 11 million people who were killed in the Holocaust over a 4-year period.) More than five Holocausts of innocent babies have been murdered—and only in one country!

I sincerely hope that Governor Cuomo and others who were smiling at that table become a catalyst for outrage.

Decent people don’t kill.

Decent people don’t murder babies.

Decent people don’t smile, clap, and cheer about dead children.

God hates killing and is pro-life.

Today, through my tears, I am outraged.