Pastor's Corner

11 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

April the 16th will mark the famed running of the Boston Marathon.  Probably the most famous marathon, it attracts all kinds of runners from different walks of life.  Earlier this week a couple who had been training for some time decided to run the marathon early.  The couple’s dreams of competing seemed to be dashed a year ago after an accident left the man paralyzed from the neck down.  Resilient they decided to not let that stop them from completing the 26.2 mile race so in just over 6 hours his girlfriend pushed him across the finish line in a custom racing wheel chair.

 In reading up on this story I ran across another issue facing this year’s race. For the first time at least five openly transgendered people will be allowed to officially race in the gender of their choosing.  The marathon is taken very serious by runners so there are many rules to follow.  It was in 1967 that a race official attempted to drag Kathrine Switzer, a woman, off the course after she entered the men’s only race.  Her actions drew attention and changes were made so that others could compete fairly.  Wow, how things have changed.  Among many complaints, the one complaint getting the most attention is that these men running as women will have an unfair advantage.  Doctors for the LGBT community say that is just a myth. One doctor went so far as to say, "There's no physiologic advantage to being assigned male at birth."  However, in this same article, one runner admitted that while taking testosterone blockers to transition from male to female, his pace dropped by more than a minute per mile. Later when he underwent reassignment surgery he had to take months away from training to recover.

How quickly times have changed.  Our society cannot decide what is right and wrong any longer.  I’m not talking strictly ethics here; we have come to a day where people cannot agree on the difference between men and women.  Instead of addressing these obvious differences we simply ignore them and hope they go away.  This case of the men behaving as women is just one that proves this issue is here to stay.  Those who seek to push this agenda will not be satisfied until their mixed up views become the norm.  Now, more than ever, it is important that we know what we believe and why.  There must be a source of truth that we agree to follow.  If not, as feelings change, the rules will change.  If this continues, as people go through life change, laws will be passed on emotion and no longer on reason and what is best for maintaining the fabric of society.  We are getting a small taste of what is to come.  If we don’t push back we will be forced to accept whatever is emotionally popular at the time.  Nothing good comes about when emotion is the guide.   

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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