THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

A young man living in a nearby town wrote his beloved fiancée a Valentine’s Day card.  In it he wrote, “My love for you knows no bounds.  I would climb the highest mountain, swim the widest ocean, or fight the most ferocious beast to be with you and if it doesn’t rain, I will see you Saturday.  Happy Valentine’s Day Love Frank.”

I cannot ignore the irony that just prior to Valentine’s Day our House of Commons, in its infinite wisdom, has chosen to pass a law to amend the human rights code to extend special protection to trans-gendered individuals.  In case you are not sure what that term means, it is people who being unhappy with the gender of their birth, have undergone a process of one sort or another to change their gender.  If Bill C-389, a private members bill sponsored by NDP MP Bill Siksay clears the Senate, ‘transgender’ will now be listed alongside other basic human characteristics such as race, religion, gender, age etc.  Let me be clear that I believe every Canadian should be treated with equal dignity and respect.  No person EVER should be subjected to hate crimes, violence or derision.  That is not the issue here.  The issue is; what are the consequences when we as a society start normalizing unnatural behaviour?  Make no mistake about it, there is nothing natural about a sex change!  It has only become even possible in the last few years as the result of extreme surgery and ongoing hormone therapy.

Critics of Bill C- 389 have dubbed it the ‘bathroom bill’ because it will give trans-gendered individuals access to gender specific washrooms or change rooms.  They have posed the legitimate concern about having trans-gendered former males in a girls locker room. (Or gay women/men in the boys locker room for that matter).  This is not a hypothetical possibility but a very real concern in a world already marred by epidemic levels of sexual abuse, child pornography and the like.

Then there is the fact that school sex education programs will have to promote an even broader description of ‘gender identity’ to include heterosexuality, homosexuality and trans-gendered sexuality.  Children as early as kindergarten may be introduced to these concepts as schools struggle to make concessions for an ever-changing definition of the family.  What is the right age to start suggesting to our little children that perhaps God made a mistake with their gender and they should start saving their allowance for a sex change?

I am sorry, but we as the world’s most ‘tolerant’ nation have gone mad!  We have been leading the world in this ill-conceived rush to make deviant sexuality normal.  We were one of the first nations to legalize same-sex marriage and now we are leading the way again. KEY

Dark Blue-  Same-sex marriage legalized
Medium Blue – Other type of partnership (or unregistered cohabitation)
Light Blue – Same-sex marriage recognized, but not performed
Gray – Homosexuality legal but same-sex unions not recognized
Yellow – Homosexuality Illegal with minimal penalty
Light Orange – Illegal with Large Penalty
Orange – Illegal with Life in Prison
Brown –  Illegal with Death Penalty

Most Canadians aren’t even aware what is happening right under their noses.   The media has largely ignored this with a yawn as Canada takes a run at becoming the world’s most perverse nation.   What is the next level of ‘sexual orientation’ that Canada will legalize?  Bigamy?  Bestiality?  Pedophilia? The big argument of course is that gays, lesbians and trans-gender are born that way and there is nothing they can do about their orientation.  This is a world class, universally accepted lie.  In 1973 Psychiatrist Dr Robert L Spitzer was instrumental in de-listing homosexuality as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association.  However in 1999 this same doctor conducted a study into whether it was possible to change one’s sexual orientation.  To his surprise he discovered that 67% of those that went through reorientation therapy were able to completely convert from homosexuality to heterosexuality.  His conclusion was; “Contrary to conventioned wisdom, some highly motivated individuals, using a variety of change efforts, can make substantial change in multiple indicators of sexual orientation, and achieve good heterosexual functioning…. mental health professionals should stop moving in the direction of banning therapy that has, as a goal, a change in sexual orientation. Many patients, provided with informed consent about the possibility that they will be disappointed if the therapy does not succeed, can make a rational choice to work toward developing their heterosexual potential and minimizing their unwanted homosexual attractions.” Not coincidentally, those in his study that found success were almost all as a result of faith based programs.  Here are a couple of links to his findings:

http://www.narth.com/docs/spitzer3.html

http://www.narth.com/docs/evidencefound.html

In 1895 when Oscar Wilde was on trial for sodomy he referred to the love of an older man for a younger man as ‘the love that dare not speak its name’.  He mentioned its name and was convicted, spending 2 years in prison under hard labour.  Today, the love that dare not speak its name is the love God and his people have for gays and lesbians. Unfortunately, our message has been misunderstood or miscommunicated and as a result the church has grown conspicuously silent on this issue.  The reason is simple; it is for fear of being branded; homophobes, intolerant, hatemongers, bigots… or worse yet landing them in prison.  Unless something changes, that day is coming.  Don’t forget to visit me.

We get this bum rap, that if we oppose same-sex marriage or the homosexual lifestyle, then we hate the individuals.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  On the contrary we love them enough to tell them that what they are doing is sinful and that God has a better life for them.  And for the record, we are not singling out homosexuality alone, since on the sexual ledger, the list should include adultery, pornography, divorce and remarriage, pre-marital sex, lustful thoughts… did I miss any of you?   The scripture teaches, that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and… that there are none righteous, no not one.

Romans 5:8 provides the solution; But God demonstrates His own LOVE toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Far from hate, it is actually loving people enough to be unwilling to leave them in a sinful and lost state.   For me, that is the love that dare not speak its name, but needs to.

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