In case you haven’t been reminded for the 5 millionth time this month – it’s gay pride month. It seems like every store you enter is not just announcing it but literally screaming at you. Kids are being indoctrinated through cartoons and in the classroom. All of it is an attempt to normalize behavior that the world knows, but refuses to admit, is not the way we were create to thrive.
The world is acting like the world. It’s broken and hurting. None of this is a surprise to God. None of it should be a surprise to us.
As Christians how we respond to all this says a lot about who we are, what we believe about sin, and what we believe about God. I in no way claim to have all this figured out, but here are few things I’ve been processing over the last several weeks.
My first reaction when kids are being exploited by LGBTQ activists or when I have to reject another store’s attempt to get me to give money to an activist organization is to get really angry and a little bit bitter. We instead need to respond with broken hearts, repentance, and compassion.
The world wants to redefine love. They want it to be something that is unconnected to a higher being but simply is whatever they want it to mean. Unfortunately, love doesn’t work that way. However, Christians don’t get to re-define love either. In fact, God said love isn’t easily angered. James says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” The Bible literally defines God as love.
It’s that simple.
Now, can I feel frustration and seek change because of the brokenness of sin around me? Yes. But that doesn’t mean that I am allowed to take that frustration out on the broken. Instead, my goal is to approach individuals around me with compassion & humility. My constant prayer when I engage with people who disagree with me is that they will leave every conversation knowing that they are valued and loved simply because they are made in the image of God.
As our culture is increasingly forcing these topics on our kids, it gives us an opportunity to talk to our kids about the nature of sin, about how we are called to love, and to demonstrate Christ-like love to those around us. These are not issues we can allow our kids to learn from the world.
When I’m tempted to make a stank face at the cashier when she asks if I want to donate to an LGBTQ activist organization or when I get a little overwhelmed by how far (and quickly) the culture has progressed, I remember who reigns over this world and to whom I belong no matter what the world may tell me. It’s not my job to save the world. Jesus already did that; I just get to be a part of revealing His saving power and love to a broken world. It takes a lot of the pressure off of me and frees me up to engage with others in a winsome way.
May we walk as people of love and compassion, and may Christ fill our lives with hope as we wait on His return.
Walking with humility,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
You probably know by now that June is being celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month. The purpose of the month is to celebrate and promote the LGBT culture, to recognize the Stonewall riots that happened in 1969, and to acknowledge the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on local, national, and international history and culture. Have LGBTQ individuals made significant contributions to our society? Undoubtedly.
Let me state at the outset that I have no animosity towards members of the LGBTQ community. I’ve said it before, but will restate, that I have friends who identify as LGBTQ and I love them dearly. As you might imagine, we don’t talk politics too often, but that’s ok with all of us. If those who identify as LGBTQ want to celebrate their lifestyle, they are certainly entitled to do so, given the freedoms in our country. However, there is a larger issue I want to address: our country’s transformation that has led us to Pride Month.
For those of us who have lived a few decades, we have the benefit of hindsight. While it’s not always the 20/20 it’s purported to be, it does often help put things in perspective and give insights not readily observed when things happen in real time.
In the 1980s, the LGBTQ movement came out of the shadows in many ways as something that needed to be recognized, whether one agreed with it or not. Americans were asked implicitly and sometimes explicitly to accept that the LGBTQ community was part of society, and Americans did, under the premise of pluralism and the freedoms embodied in our country’s foundational beliefs (which are rooted in Christian thought, by the way).
As time moved along, the focus shifted. During the latter ‘80s and early ‘90s the topic became HIV/AIDs. Disproportionately affecting those who identified as LGBTQ, due to lifestyle choices, the disease ravaged the community and Americans were soon forced to focus on a cure for this terrible disease. While HIV/AIDs certainly did put the LGBTQ identity in the spotlight, it also engendered much research, medical attention, and eventually some level of empathy for those suffering from the disease.
There were also high-profile cases such as tennis player Arthur Ashe and Ryan White who contracted HIV from blood transfusions, highlighting that nobody was entirely protected from the disease. As a result of all these factors, our country moved from acceptance to the beginnings of empathy for the LGBTQ community.
In the 1990s, we also started to see Hollywood stars and other high-profile individuals such as Ellen DeGeneres, George Michael, Melissa Etheridge, and Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian candidate ever elected to Congress, come out as gay or lesbian. The dialogue moved from advocating for medical care and empathy for those who identified as LGBTQ, to advocating for tolerance and equal rights. LGBTQ advocates stated they only wanted to be treated the same as everyone else, not as an abnormal part of society.
In the 21st century things have changed considerably. More high-profile individuals have come out as LGBTQ and more groups have surfaced to advocate for their cause. The LGBTQ movement has successfully taken over the debate terminology (e.g., you are cisgender, not simply male or female; we’ve all adopted LGBTQ, not LGBT and even add +), the media have become loud advocates for the LGBTQ cause, and businesses have been shamed into jumping on the bandwagon and virtue signaling they are not only nondiscriminatory, but sometimes unbelievably promoting of the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Those who wish to speak out against anything having to do with LGBTQ talking points are labeled homophobic, ignorant, or part of a hate group and are shamed by the media. The entertainment industry is bending over backwards to show how inclusive and accepting they are. In broadcast television, roughly 10.2% of all regular expected series characters identify as LGBT. For movies, the LGBT percentage has ranged from 14%-17% in recent years, with the percentage rising each year. That said, LGBT-identifying Americans comprise only 5.6 percent of the American public, per a recent Gallup poll. Agenda. You think?
We are now at a point where the federal government, as well as some other levels of government, actively promote and enforce the advancement of the gay and lesbian identity. Schools are being required to teach LGBT curriculum to kindergartners. The Biden Administration has indicated that boys identifying as transgender girls will be allowed to compete on girls’ athletic teams. And the list goes on.
My point in all this is not to provide a history lesson of the LGBTQ+ movement, but to show the transformation of thought and practice that has slowly and almost imperceptibly occurred over the past few decades. Our country and its value system have been led from acceptance to empathy to normalization to forced promotion of the LGBT lifestyle. And that’s how we’ve gotten to today’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month.
We have been asleep at the wheel. While the American people generally try to be accepting, our country has been led down a path where more and more demands are placed on you and your family by the LGBTQ cause – demands that now or very soon will violate your values and beliefs.
So, back to LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Should a Christian participate in the normalization of something that is actively trying to eradicate our values? No. We should be kind, always. But we should never bow to today’s social intimidation and contempt for traditional values which break down the very fabric of Liberty.
As you may have already heard or seen, the Twin Falls Public Library is prominently featuring a “Pride” display of books, handouts, and other media—all celebrating LGBT lifestyles.
Many of the books are sexually explicit and morally offensive, praising deviant sexual behaviors and encouraging those struggling with gender dysphoria to undergo harmful and often irreversible hormone therapies and sex reassignment surgeries. The display also includes material explaining why it is important to be an LGBT “ally.”
There are no opposing perspectives included in the display—nothing that explains the health problems associated with these lifestyles, and no books from a Christian or conservative perspective that thoughtfully and respectfully interacts with LGBT literature. Frankly, this type of display is indoctrination at its finest.
The library board of trustees will be considering the appropriateness of this display at its next board meeting.
Please use our Action Center to send a message to the library trustees and ask them to take down the display and stop promoting radical LGBT philosophies and lifestyles.
Standing with you,