And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (ESV)
There is something that Christians in America are today. Cowards.
I know this because I have been one, and I’ve been repenting of it. Sadly, this has taken longer than it should because I am a coward. The world and it’s global move towards progressively hating the law of God and the sex that God has created each man and woman has caused much a confusion. Living in this day none of us are unaffected by it. Which means I too have to have a correct theology of sex, and of what it looks like to be a courageous man, and what it looks like for woman to be courageous.
Courage certainly isn’t standing up and spitting in God’s face. It’s not feeling like you are some hero because you have decided to move away from logic, reason, rationality, and the created order and innate standard of manhood and womanhood, in order to embrace your desire to dress up as a dog and run around. People who “come out” and are seen as hero’s is not simply what is wrong with our society. They are merely a symptom of a few hundred million Christians in America being cowards and agreeing with Satan’s children that it’s okay for a man to be other than as God has made him. It’s a few hundred million Christians in America hating their neighbors.
When we repent of this in ourselves and learn what Biblical manhood and womanhood is, we will be so out of step with culture that it will not be able to do anything else but persecute you.
To be a man or a woman today takes courage. And sadly, most “men” who are seen as “men” in American Christianity are not men. They’re emasculated men, effeminate, and don’t model Christ, nor any of his disciples, nor do they model even the prophets and kings of the old testament. They may jeer at the sins of David and talk about how “look, God uses broken men.” But they never bandage the wound of broken men, they merely tell broken men that’s it’s okay to be broken. Just trust in Jesus.
Sadly, Jesus never said “trust in me.” He called people to repentance, believe in Him, and give up everything. The Jesus today, even in the churches who believe they’re preaching the Bible, is one who invites people to eat with him as sinners, but never calls those sinners to repent of their sins. They merely tell them to “repent of sins.” As though a broken man knows what his sins really are.
They may say they love Jesus, and repent of a few sins, but they continue to be soft men, effeminate. Ironically, they never truly eat with Jesus. Instead, they’re like the Pharisees, disgusted that the people Jesus is eating with believe what the Bible says. They actually believe God only allows men to be elders in a church. They actually believe men are to love their wives as Christ loved the church.
The men who think they eat with Jesus, they talk much about how they’re to love their wives as Christ love the church, and they focus on the word love and on what Jesus did, ignoring that their wives are woman and that they are men, and that Christ is a man. They ignore that the Bible teaches that men are to be men and woman are to be woman. And they think it archaic that some people actually believe that Jesus really meant for men to be men. Instead, they believe that roles are fluid and it all depends on the culture. Culture determines things, not God’s word.
It’s difficult for me to celebrate July 4th. Not because I don’t respect the founders of this Nation and thank God for the privilege it is to live in America. Not because I don’t believe in freedom. It’s because that freedom has been turned into licentiousness, mockery of God’s ordinances, the sacrificing of children on the alter of convenience and prosperity, the propagation of false gospels, and the softening of men and the hardening of women.
The United States of America needs to repent. And judgement starts in God’s house. He will clean it up. But it first starts with me repenting of my effeminacy, my cowardice, my softness. It starts with me repenting of my perversion in thought and deed. My unfaithfulness to my wife.
If we’d repent of our sins, God would turn and save us.