Undermining God's Design For The Family

I was stunned this week to watch a clip from Disney Junior’s Dino Ranch children’s program whose targeted audience is five-year-olds. The animated story involves two male homosexual dinosaurs who are cuddling around a couple of rocks wishing the rocks were dinosaur eggs. The children in the clip express their sympathy for the “dinosaur dads” with statements like… “…these dyno daddy’s want eggs of their own, they want a family… oh, they would be great dads. There must be something we can do.”

I don’t think I need to say it, but it is obviously an indoctrinating message for the minds of children with the goal of normalizing the abnormal and redefining what the definition of a family is to young hearts and minds. Jesus had something to say about this… “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

But this redefining is not limited to just the little ones. It is becoming standard protocol in our culture.  Most secular education from kindergarten to the University, along with the corporate world are redefining family, gender terminology, and exchanging biological identity for emotional preference. Consider Nike who recently used a trans-gender man to model and sell—get this… Nike sports bras! Or maybe you’ve heard about Drag Queen Story Hour that began in 2015 in San Francisco and has now spread across America with little to no significant resistance. Their website describes their “Herstory” [sic], their mission and their vision this way… “Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH)…started out as drag queens reading stories to children in libraries and grew into a global phenomenon! DQSH now offers literary and creative programming for kids and teens of all ages led by drag queens, kings, and creatures all over the world. DQSH is a global network of local organizations, each of which is independently managed and funded. We envision a world where kids can learn from LGBTQ+ herstories and experiences to love themselves, celebrate the fabulous diversity in their communities, and stand up for what they believe in and each other.” Or how about, just a few weeks ago, Michigan State University released its culturally updated inclusive campus language guide which is meant to instruct on proper communication in areas of race, gender, and sexuality. For instance, some words listed as terms to avoid include the word "female" as a noun for women, saying it "reduces women to their assumed biological anatomy."--- well yes! “It also discourages the use of terms like “Christmas trees,” “wreaths,” “bunnies” and “eggs” in the winter and spring because they are references to majority religious imagery (What that really means is, those terms by and large are connected to Christianity, which makes them unacceptable). It also encourages referring to grade levels as "first year" through "fourth year," instead of saying "freshman," "sophomore," "junior" and "senior," which the document says is from "male-centric and western father-son language."

I say all of that including the above examples to say… terminology and definitions matter. If you can change the meaning, you can re-educate people to believe lies and accept sin as normal. Isaiah 5:20 captures the reason that definitions are important. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” When you redefine family, you undermine God’s design for the Family. In an article on cyberparent.com titled, “How Do You Define Family? The True Meaning” the author concludes with this statement. “Now more than ever before, it is important for people to understand that when it comes to what is a family, there is no such thing as normal. Every person, every child, every parent, every couple has a unique situation, and to try and define everyone in one black and white term would make no sense. Family is not defined by biology, or marriage, or even a home.” How sad and unbiblical, but it is reflective of the crisis that is setting the stage for the end of the age, it is going to get worse and those who disagree are going to pay a price, especially the uncompromising Church and Christians. That is why our Family emphasis and sermon series beginning today and continuing throughout May is so important. I hope you will take advantage of all the messages and the variety of special studies and events.

And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

For God’s Glory Alone,
Pastor Ray
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