The Out of Touch People

A recently published article entitled “‘This Week’ Panel: Are Evangelicals Out of Touch With Mainstream Views?” addresses the dramatic shift in public opinion on gay marriage. A recent poll said 59% of Americans approve of same-sex marriage with that figure rising to 75% from those polled less than thirty years of age. This is an about-face on this issue regarding public thought just twenty years ago.

The article is in step with public opinion and questions the Christian position on same-sex marriage. This issue is riding the wave of public popularity at present. The Christian community has been called vicious, intolerant, and homophobic. They claim those who hold to biblical principles will be “on the wrong side of history” when the dust eventually settles. This article suggests we are “out of touch” with mainstream views.

Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich authored Die Sexualität im Kulturkampf and it was published in 1936. Reich in strict Freudian fashion claimed mental problems were caused by repression of natural sexual instincts. This repression was in turn caused by the over socialization of the super-ego by Judeo-Christian morality.   When his book was translated into English in 1945 it was entitled The Sexual Revolution.

Here in America “the sexual revolution” began in earnest in the 1960s. I do not think it was Reich’s ideology that caused our society to abandon several millennia of biblical wisdom on sex. Reich may have provided an excuse, but our headlong rush into hedonism was sparked by nothing more than old-fashioned lust; it felt good to have uninhibited sex, at first.

Then life got complicated. Marriages crumbled, babies were aborted, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancies began to skyrocket. In time a new disease arose, AIDS. Heterosexuals feeling guilty and confused over their own sexual practices could not say no to homosexuals and “marriage equality.”

The sexual revolution has not been kind to America. And while Christians are being maligned as vicious, intolerant, and homophobic, we provide services and counseling to unwed mothers and those women who have experienced the trauma of abortion, we support medical treatment for those who have sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS. And I have not even addressed the heartache of emotional and psychological trauma caused by all of this.

Paul warns us, “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body,” 1 Corinthians 6:18. When we embrace sexual immorality we are not just sinning against God, we are sinning against our own bodies. This is a proven medical fact. But if Christians warn others they are engaging in unhealthy sexual practices we are being vicious and intolerant; we are “out of touch” with mainstream views.

When the consequences of your sins become more than you can handle, I recommend that you get in touch with those “out of touch” people. It is the “out of touch” people who offer healing, forgiveness and hope in Christ, that’s who we are in touch with.

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The Resurrection

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most pivotal event in Christianity and human history. Christianity is founded upon it and human history is divided by it. This truth is central to the Christian creed, and, indeed, Christianity stands or falls on its historical authenticity. So, what happened almost two thousand years ago?

There is a difference in faith and blind faith. Do Christians believe, and ask others to believe, blindly in the Resurrection? Faith will always be a necessary ingredient in the life of believers, but we have not been left totally in the dark. The evidence of the Resurrection can be clearly seen in the lives of the apostles, and the faith that was founded on their eyewitness accounts.

In his book Why I Believe the late Dr. D. James Kennedy shares the following statement of Scottish theologian Dr. Principal Hill. Hill said, “But if notwithstanding every appearance of truth, you suppose their testimony to be false, then inexplicable circumstances of glaring absurdity crowd upon you. You must suppose that twelve men of mean birth, of no education, living in that humble station which placed ambitious views out of their reach and far from their thoughts, without any aid from the state, formed the noblest scheme which ever entered into the mind of man, adopted the most daring means of executing that scheme, and conducted it with such address as to conceal the imposture under the semblance of simplicity and virtue. You must suppose that men guilty of blasphemy and falsehood, united in an attempt the best contrived, and which has in fact proved the most successful, for making the world virtuous; that they formed this singular enterprise without seeking any advantage to themselves, with an avowed contempt of loss and profit, and with the certain expectation of scorn and persecution; that although conscious of one another’s villainy, none of them ever thought of providing for his own security by disclosing the fraud, but that amidst sufferings the most grievous to flesh and blood they persevered in their conspiracy to cheat the world into piety, honesty and benevolence. Truly, they who can swallow such suppositions have no title to object to miracles.”

History is inundated with accounts of those who have died for what they believed, but they did so believing them to be true. If the disciples stole the body of Christ and hid it, is it reasonable to believe they gave the remainder of their lives to suffer privations, persecutions and death knowing that the Resurrection was a lie?

The disciples did not profit preaching the Resurrection. On the contrary, they were disinherited by their families and ostracized by their countrymen. They were maligned as fools, they were pursued, arrested, tortured and martyred because they were faithful to declare the things they had witnessed.

This is the point Dr. Hill makes so cogently. Ours is not a blind faith. An empty tomb gives mute testimony to the angel’s words “He is not here, but He has risen” Luke 24:6.

The Bible is Full of Contradictions

A recent poll by the Barna Group revealed that skepticism in the Bible has risen and equals the statistic of those who are engaged with the Bible. Bible engagement is defined as those who read their Bible at least four times a week and believe it to be inspired by God. Skepticism of the Bible is the belief that the Bible is like any other book written by men. Since the beginning of tracking trends, this is the first time these two categories have been at the same percentage point. They are tied at 19% each.

This is probably because the Bible is full of contradictions.

The Bible contradicts the notion that man is the random product, of a mindless process, that began by accident. The Scriptures teach we were created in the image of an infinitely intelligent and benevolent Designer, and are not the descendants apes. We have an image to live up to, not a lineage to live down.

The Bible contradicts the idea that man is basically good. This is why there are “wars and rumors of wars,” why there is global conflict, and peace is elusive in the Mideast. The Bible offers the only peace plan that works, but most do not want to be at peace with God and their fellow man; they want “piece,” a piece of this and a piece of that.

The Bible contradicts the current cultural direction regarding marriage and human sexuality. The Creator knows what it takes to secure the future of the home and humanity and their continued wellbeing. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. The heterophobes cannot produce the next generation. This is why they hate us; they’re dependent on us.

The Bible contradicts the postmodern concept that truth is relative. By definition truth is something factual or real. Jesus clearly said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” John 14:6. Jesus is real and not a figment of history’s imagination.

The Bible contradicts the humanist philosophy that we can save ourselves. The United Nations was founded to promote world peace, to save us from ourselves. But the name itself is an oxymoron; they have never been united in anything? We can’t save ourselves, that’s why we need a Savior.

Jesus asked, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Jesus marveled that people would claim Him as their “Lord” but ignore His commands. Mankind does not want to surrender its autonomy. We want to control our lives, even if we do it poorly. The Bible is full of contradictions; it contradicts the way we want to do things.

The Case To Watch

Recently in Christianity Today, Kate Shellnutt wrote an article entitled Why Hobby Lobby Is This Year’s Supreme Court Case To Watch. Hobby Lobby objects to 4 of the 20 contraceptive methods required to be covered by the Affordable Care Act nicknamed “Obamacare.” The oral arguments have been heard and a decision from the high court is expected in June.

The issues at bar are simple. Can a for-profit corporation claim protection of its religious rights under the First Amendment, and have those rights been violated? The matter is easily stated; deciding it will be a little thornier. Supreme Court decisions have sweeping ramifications, like whose pictures you must take, or who you must bake a cake for.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Hobby Lobby believes it is being forced to provide services contrary to the religious beliefs of the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby. They sell Christian merchandise and close their stores on Sundays so those employees who wish can attend worship services.

Hobby Lobby opposes providing 4 of the contraceptive methods which they assert is abortive. The company contends being forced to supply abortifacients to its employees is violating its “free exercise” of religion. Opponents claim a corporation is not a “person” guaranteed protection under the First Amendment and its refusal denies the rights of its employees to legally protected services.

Businesses may function as corporate entities, but they are made up of people. The employers and employees of a corporation are people. The argument that corporations are not people is asinine

Hobby Lobby is not denying any employee his or her constitutionally protected rights. Hobby Lobby is saying in essence it should not be required to pay for those rights, and the government should not force them to pay for those rights. The employees of Hobby Lobby have the right to drive cars, but Hobby Lobby should not have to buy cars for its employees, and the government should not make it buy cars for its employees.

This case is not a dispute between management and labor, the employer and the employees. Hobby Lobby employees seem for the most part to be satisfied with their treatment and job situation. This is a case where the federal government is forcing a company to do something contrary to its operating philosophy and beliefs. Every American should be concerned when our government tells us what we can or cannot do when no one is harmed by those actions.

Sadly, the biblical worldview has not had favorable outcomes in court recently. “Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord,” Proverbs 29:26. Justice ultimately comes from God, because the real Supreme Court does not meet down here.