LETTER: People of faith must stand firm
To the Editor:
Have you wondered why there seems to be an all-out war on gender in America? Has it puzzled you why something so basic and obvious as the difference between men and women has become a subject for governments and courts throughout our country? Are you bewildered by the growing number of declarations by justices that the legal definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is illegal? Does it baffle you that the attorney general of the U.S., Eric Holder, would tell the attorneys general of the 50 states that it is lawful to refuse to defend their state laws that define marriage as between opposite genders only? (see The Sanford Herald, 2/26, pg. A8)
Does all this (and countless other stories about bathroom bills, women in combat, cross-dressing teachers, etc.) make you scratch your head in amazement? I know I struggle to understand it all, and I wish it was just a few “crazy side of the news” stories, but it is not.
The barrage of attacks on marriage and gender are real and embedded in a much deeper cause than the so called “gender-bender” movement. It is not our laws and our culture that are disdained; it is God's eternal law written at the creation of man that is being opposed. Genesis 1:27 says “so God created man in his own image, … male and female he created them.” It was God who ordained and blessed the union of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24). It is God who made distinctions between men and women (Gen. 3:16-19). The true intent of those who would redefine gender is to rebel against God himself.
Religious people, particularly Christians, need to understand that your religious liberties are being attacked as never before because your beliefs are in the way of people who want to rebel against God. [Arizona] Gov. [Jan] Brewer, who should know better, wouldn't support religious liberty because the pressure from the rebels was too intense. It is sad that our country has come to this, but it was also predicted by Jesus himself (Matthew 5:11-12). May those who know and love God stand firm for the truth and pray for the rebels' salvation.
Rev. Bruce MacInnes