Identifying Gender

When I read stories like this one highlighted here, I wonder what, how, why things like this are happening across this country, and the world at this time of history. Or is it as scripture says: “there’s nothing new under the sun.”

Who says it’s right? Who says its wrong? In all these battles someone benefits, and some lose, as it’s certainly not a win – win situation. In all the human wars throughout history there has been a looser and a winner; ones that benefit and those that suffer the consequences. In court cases after court cases, a judge and/or a jury decides who wins, supposedly based on all the evidence presented. In many of these cases, previously held legal opinions and directives have been overturned by similar new case rulings. If any of this is not satisfactory to one side, the case can be referred to the next highest court, and finally here in the US; the Supreme Court, which is bound to refer to the original constitution and previous court rulings.

The case I’m referring to is this: “A school district in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $650,000 in attorneys’ fees and $150,000 to a female former student who identifies as male, who sued in 2016 after being prohibited from using the boys’ restroom.”

“The court also opined that because no students had complained during the six months Whitaker had used the men’s restroom, no harms had been proven.” Hmm? No harm done? I researched this a bit further.

“According to Ash and his mother, Melissa Whitaker, Ash signed up to run for prom king, doing the volunteer hours needed to qualify. My principal rejected that, saying I am not a boy,” said Ash, who started at Tremper as a female named Savanah.

He said he was told to be on the prom court he would have to run for prom queen. “They said he has to go as female because (his gender) has not been legally or medically changed,” said Melissa, who is a Tremper teacher as well as Ash’s parent.”

That decision left Whitaker feeling “overwhelmed, helpless, hopeless, and alone,” according to the complaint.

I did not see any mention of a father in this case.

Summary.

  • The girl/boy won $150,000
  • The attorneys won big time $650,000
  • The school district, and the tax payers surrendered $800,000.

The new school regulations have been updated to:

Bullying/harassment/hate activities, actions and/or speech are defined as any acts or attempted acts of speech intended to cause physical injury, emotional suffering or property damage through intimidation, hazing, harassment, stress, bigoted epithets, vandalism, force or threat of any of the above, motivated all or in part out of hostility to the victim’s real or perceived age, gender, sex (i.g. gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, and gender non-conforming behaviors), ancestry, creed, color, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical attributes, ability or disability (i.e. physical, emotional, learning, or mental), or individual circumstances such as appearance, social, economic or family status.”

What else could they have done? Had the school attorneys filed for referral to the next highest court, they’d be waiting months, even years watching the attorney fees multiply.

In the future, any transgender anywhere in this country willing to file suit wins, as do the parents, and the attorneys willing to take the case, which will be seen as much easier to win from now on.

Where do we get our ideas of proper and civil code of conduct from?  Two distinct areas: this human realm, our emotional mindset of feelings and desires which can and does change day in and day out. The other realm comes from an unchanging outside source: The Holy Bible which has not changed. Truth does not change. Gravity does not change. Biology does not change. Chemistry does not change, we only learn more about it. It’s the same every day since the beginning of time.

We are born into this world, and as witnessed by the doctor, the nurses, which is stated on the official birth certificate record: born on this day (a fact) this time (a fact), as a male or a female. (A biological truth). It is then up to the parents of the newborn to care for, to instruct, to lead the newborn into adulthood. A child wants his/her parents approval and a parent wants to support their offspring.

Sometimes very much of a dilemma.

Truth is often difficult to discover, as we easily get blindsided by our feelings, our desires during the everyday activities, and that’s been our number one problem as created humans throughout history. There was no shame between Adam and Eve as they nakedly walked the garden enjoying the fruits. An idea was put before them; a deceit that sounded good and intriguing. They bit, and their eyes opened getting a glimpse of evil. They then covered themselves feeling naked and afraid, hiding themselves from the God who had walked the garden with them.

Romans 9:20 states, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”

Sexual impropriety

The news is abuzz of sexual impropriety from celebrities, show hosts, politicians, leaders here and there. What’s going on? Back in the days of the 50’s and 60’s, even while youngsters were enjoying the hippie clan of live happy and high, the news did not highlight the problems that sexual freedom was rampantly exploding like a hurricane destroying lives, families and reputations as it is now. Then sexual promiscuity was a matter to be kept behind closed doors.

So, perhaps it is time to let it all out folks. Tell it like it is. We like sex.

The human being enjoys sex here and there. Playboy came along and beautifully portrayed women as objects for males to use to satisfy their lusts. Hollywood installed the red carpets to portray women in scanty drapery with body curvatures to admire as the actresses enjoyed the spotlight furthering their career. The movies explicitly moved the act into our living rooms as we watched ‘in horror’ that they would show such for our teens and youngsters to watch.

Time to tell it like it is. We like entertainment.

We like to comfortably relax, and watch others play make believe, and they do it well, being paid tremendously for negating any morality they may have had before entering the business. Ah, it’s just make-believe. And we go on with our daily business at hand. Did you see the latest, is the talk at the coffee station?

But we know that there are consequences to our actions.  To whom do you put you trust? The celebrities, the media, the politicians we can see and hear, or the words of the creator God we cannot see or hear except for that still small voice within our spiritual conscious: “don’t do that.”

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth . . .” Genesis 1:28

Well we sure have multiplied. Since the Lord God created us in His image, then there is that image floating around each of us ready and willing to . . . . ah, multiply our sensual feelings. Imagine if that finality of the sexual act was not enjoyable, but just a routine function of a physical activity that did not have an enjoyable part to it. Would we shy away from it? Would we consider it a difficulty to avoid? Would we have multiplied the earth?

Do we even think about the consequences? Not just the repercussions from mates, the family, the children, the bosses, the media, the left or right politically, but the final consequence coming after that last breath of air.

Oh, but that’s a myth? Nothing to worry about there? We can’t see it or hear it or touch it on the buttocks, so it can’t be real.

No, God created that sexual act as enjoyable so that we would multiply. And God also provided some rules to go along with it.

Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.

Perhaps our churches should get back to the Hell-Fire and Brimstone preaching such as The sermon of Jonathan Edwards in 1741, entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.  “There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hell-fire, if it were not for God’s restraints. There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell-fire.”

A long read, but wow, if the majority of weekly sermons would be similar to that of Edwards, how it would affect our comfortable lives?

Hell-fire

 It’s time we start getting real about the judgment of God. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

 

From CharismaNews 2015. By John Burton.

“We need a fresh wave of great awakeners—those who will unapologetically preach hell-fire in today’s dire end times.

To the shame of much of today’s church there has been a firm and steadfast rejection of any truth that doesn’t result in people feeling happy affection for God.”   Read more . . .