On the front page of today’s Section C (Colorado Style) in the Denver Post, there is what is undoubtedly meant to be a heartwarming story of love between Ned and Sara. Except that Ned is now Koko, a man who contends he identifies himself as a woman. Ned also is attracted to women, so he considers himself a lesbian. The piece subtly contains the barb that if he had an operation, he and Sara could “only have a civil union.” As it is, they can be legally married and all because of anatomy. The clear implication is that our current laws unfairly exclude homosexuals and discriminate against them. With complete sympathy, writer Claire Martin gushes at this “unconventional trip to the altar” that will culminate in their July wedding–both of whom will be brides wearing bridal gowns (C1,C8).
Speaking against such thinking and behavior as this is increasingly unpopular. In a “live and let live” world, whose inhabits decry and detest judging behavior as right or wrong, calling scenarios like the one presented in the article perverse is considered unacceptable. An agenda-driven media, as well as other, like-minded institutions, continue to foist homosexuality and perversity upon the “consumer.” Not only is it promoted, it is normalized, dignified, and even glamorized. Through such relentless publicity, so many are becoming desensitized and callused to what is advocated. Interestingly, people get more comfortable with perversion but get quite uncomfortable with any denouncement or disapproval of perversion.
Consider Paul’s warning to the church at Ephesus (Eph. 4:17-24). Nonbelievers can be found “walking” (manner of life) with a mind set on valueless and useless things. The result of such thinking and living is moral darkness, spiritual death, ignorance, hardness of heart, shamelessness, an insatiable desire for pleasure, and a craving for what is wicked and lewd. Paul contrasts the thinking of the world with those who have “learned Christ.” We are not to be corrupted by deceptive desires. We are taught the truth, which leads to a new mind, a new man, and a new morality.
That means we should be able to distinguish between the normal and the perverse, the proper and the improper. This will be more important as the world continues to lose its grip on such distinctions. We must keep our bearings!