Pride TransNation: LGBT’s War on Christians & God of the Bible
Target has recently resuscitated its LGBT pride campaign, which has prompted critics of the retailer’s policies to argue that the company has learned nothing from the nationwide backlash spurred by its aggressive promotion of LGBT activism.
T-shirts and other items with words such as love, equality and pride are nothing new at Target, but the profit-losing retailer is again pushing a #TakePride hashtag advertising campaign on social media to promote its rainbow-theme pro-LGBT merchandise.
“I would think Target would have learned their lesson about participating in aggressive LGBT activism from the backlash they received from their open bathroom policy last year, yet they seem not to have learned that lesson,” expressed Peter Sprigg, who serves as senior fellow for policy studies with Family Research Council (FRC). “They don’t understand that those people who signed up to boycott Target are not going to be any happier with the Take Pride merchandise that they’re offering.”
American Family Association (AFA) is among the organizations boycotting Target over the bathroom and changing policy. AFA maintains that it is not about transgenders, but rather perverts taking advantage and preying on women and children.
Walker Wildmon, who serves as assistant to the president at AFA, just recently announced that 1.5 million signatures have been collected for its petition against Target.
“It just shows that Target is more into social engineering than they are into selling clothes and tennis shoes – which is a travesty – and it’s honestly hurting Target’s bottom line,” stressed Wildmon about the #TakePride campaign. “Target lets you know where they stand by where they spend their money – their corporate money – and which agendas they promote.”
Robert Kuykendall of 2nd Vote has been tracking Target’s activities and promotions. His organization actually has a Target database on its website.
“Target is a corporate sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign, which has taken a liberal position on just about every issue,” Kuykendall explained. “Target also sponsors the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and is a corporate partner for GLAAD [the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation]. All these organizations that really are the advocacy arms of the liberal LGBT movement.”
Agreeing with Sprigg, Walker Wildmon and Robert Kuykendall insist that Target has not learned anything from the fallout since announcing in a blog post that transgender customers and employees can use the bathroom and changing room of the gender in which they say they identify. Sprigg insists that he is not about pushing his views on anyone.
“We’re not asking them to go out and oppose same-sex ‘marriage’ and, you know, raise money for the North Carolina bathroom bill or the Texas bill – or anything like that,” Sprigg assured. “We would be perfectly satisfied if they would just remain neutral on these culture war issues. Unfortunately, they seem determined to take the side of the two or three percent who fall into these categories.”
AFA plans to meet with Target executives later this month to deliver the latest batch of signatures on the “Boycott Target” petition. Both camps met in 2016 after AFA’s petition reached 1 million signatures.
Meanwhile, Kuydendall and 2nd Vote are still keeping tabs on Target.
“Target is one of the most liberal companies in the country, and they’ve taken liberal positions on the issues of marriage, on religious liberty and several other issues like the 2nd Amendment and the environment – based on the organizations that they support with the dollars that shoppers spend there in the first place,” Kuykendall pointed out.
Target has never responded to OneNewsNow’s requests for comment.
The historic Christian view according to accurate biblical interpretation is that sex outside of the sacred bonds of male-female marriage is wrong. One practical reason the Bible forbids it is because of how powerful sex is. God created sex to be a strong adhesive, bonding two fragile souls together. This is why feelings of “heartbreak” often happen when people who’ve engaged in sexual intercourse then go their separate ways. In God’s good design, sex is reserved for a man and a woman who have entered into a legally binding marriage covenant. This kind of life-long commitment forms the basis for a garden-like relationship in which true intimacy can grow into a loving family. Multiply that same model many times over and a healthy society blossoms and thrives.
You may not agree with this view of human sexuality, but it’s what the Bible teaches. If the point of this conversation is to foster better understanding, let’s agree to accurately represent each other. To be a Christian, then, is to be a reasonable person who promotes wholeness, joy, and genuine love. We aren’t judgmental prudes who are dead-set against anyone enjoying life. We are for human flourishing. We aren’t bigots or homophobes. Such name-calling is weak, counterproductive, and it ultimately distracts from a fair consideration of the issue.
In recent years, it has become unpopular to question the LGBT claim, “God made me this way.” Such a question is being defined as “hate” by some. (And we’re not supposed to recognize this accusation of being a “hater” as a fallacious stratagem that undermines fair and productive dialogue.) However, there are good grounds to question such a claim, and I do so without malice.
But in light of this widely used tactic, I offer the following disclaimer to the reader:
If you are hide-bound by the dubious assumption that certain people are irrecoverably and genetically destined to act out same-sex impulses, and you habitually label as a ‘hater’ anyone who dares to question the belief that LGBT behavior is unavoidably mandated by one’s DNA, let me be kind and save you some time.
There is a truthful explanation for why people engage in LGBT behavior, but you probably won’t like it. You could continue reading this article, but it may do little good. On the other hand, there are probably more than a few readers who are genuinely interested in understanding why Christians so strongly oppose (or ought to oppose) the homosexual agenda.
If this openness to understanding describes you in the slightest, then read to the end and please add to the discussion with your comments. (Non-readers, please withhold your comments. Freedom of speech means that you’re free to write on your own blog or website. This article is an invitation for fair-minded readers to take part in a productive conversation.
The New Testament plainly lists homosexuality right alongside lying (1 Timothy 1:10), robbing, being greedy, swindling (1 Corinthians 6:9), gossiping and committing murder (Romans 1:25). Such broad lists like these are meant to convey one thing: we all have a sin issue. It’s bad news for everyone. But it’s not just bad news that affects individuals. Sin impacts society as a whole. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people,” says Proverbs 14:34. In other words, any society that condones destructive, sinful behavior (as Scripture defines sin) is a society that will weaken and decline.
So, Does the Bible Need to Be Revised?
The bad news for those who engage in homosexuality does not go away simply by the spurious claim that somehow the Church has “misunderstood” these texts for centuries, only to be corrected by later revisionist scholars in recent decades. These New Testament Scriptures prohibiting any sexual sin outside the sacred bonds of male-female marriage are clear. Jesus said that Scripture stands permanently. It cannot be broken (John 10:35b). God’s Word, the Bible, is the binding authority over all people in all time periods, whether or not people acknowledge Scripture’s authority in the here and now or not. (Everyone will one day according to Philippians 2:10-11, et. al.).
For readers who are for the first time seeing Bible verses that condemn homosexuality, they aren’t quoted to be inflammatory. Rather, they are cited to make clear what Scripture actually says. Biblical standards of right and wrong have stood the test of time. You can ignore them at your own peril, but changing them isn’t a valid option.
Since When Did It Become Christian to Endorse Sin?
Feelings of same-sex attraction are often unwelcome and spontaneous for those who are tempted to engage in homosexuality. It is not sinful to be tempted. It’s sinful to yield. This truth about temptation applies to everyone, regardless of the sin. Those saying that homosexuality should be affirmed in the name of Christian love contradict the Bible.
When President Obama “made history” in 2011 by endorsing same-sex couples, he cited supposedly “Christian” reasons for doing so. Obviously, it is not a Christian virtue to hate people who sin. Christians are not against people who practice homosexuality (just as Christians are not anti-liars; we simply affirm that lying is wrong). Likewise, Christians are not against the people who become ensnared by homosexuality. But Christians do oppose sin (Psalm 119:118, 163), and we must kindly disagree with the president’s misguided view.
People who use the Bible to argue that accepting homosexuality is how we are to ‘love our neighbor’ wrongly omit the first half of what Jesus said in that context. Jesus actually said, “The great and first commandment is ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'” (Matthew 22:34-40). In other words, love for one’s neighbor is bounded by one’s primary allegiance to God. How can one claim to love God, yet despise what His Word says about homosexuality and disregard His design for marriage?
Who Gets to Say What the Bible Says?
Those who use the Bible to persuade others actually put themselves in a dangerous place. They presume to speak for God as one of His spokespeople. (And, yes, I include myself here.) According to James 3:1, such people are considered “teachers.” Teachers are subject to strict judgment both for their character and for how well they handle Scripture. Unfortunately, biblical literacy is at an all-time low, even in churches today. The naïve give equal weight to every opinion on or about the Bible, and are apparently unable to discern the many illegitimate would-be teachers who are out there sowing confusion.
An authoritative teacher of the Bible possesses certain observable character qualities clearly spelled out in Scripture. Titus and 1Timothy tell us they are to be…
“…above reproach, the husband of one wife… He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” Titus 1:5-9
“…above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:1-5).
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