The British Health Services have issued a dictate to not call pregnant women "expectant mothers" since the pregnant person might identify as a male. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a girl who thinks she is a boy was admitted into the Boy Scouts. What is going on?
We See Reality through Language
While studying philosophy and theology at Wheaton College, then Trinity and McCormick, I came to some conclusions that were highly significant for me. I was taught that the language we use determines how we see reality. Language both reveals and hides reality. Contrary to philosophical relativism that denies there is any real objective truth, I saw the issue as the quest for the right language to reveal the most about reality. I came to understand that we must see through the language of the Bible. The only way to see rightly is to have our minds saturated by the Bible and to view reality through it. The Bible is God's means for us to see rightly. There is a reason Yeshua himself is called the Word!
Who Controls the Language?
We are now living in an age where the radical left exemplifies the view of John Paul Sartre, and the most radical post-modernism that followed him. He taught that there is no such thing as human nature, and that there is radical freedom for humans to define themselves and choose to be whatever they desire to be. Of course language is a critical element in this process of definition. Indeed, those who are able to gain control of the language in a society can redefine words, demand language conformity and gradually restructure society. In many ways, this is what is happening today.
Biology and Male and Female
The biological aspects of male and female seem obvious, and our conclusions from this should be common sense. One woman said of males who claim to be female: "They can never have the experience of females: to have a period, to bear babies, to give birth, to nurse, to experience menopause." So what is the answer for those who want to define gender by feelings and desires (which can change)? It is to say that a man can bear babies. This was the Obama regulation for the US Army - to accommodate pregnant "men" in the men's housing! President Trump rescinded this.
This seems like total craziness to us because we use the language that, until recently, was normal in our societies. Even without Biblical language, all societies by intuition and experience have distinguished between male and female. But this now has come to be opposed by the radical thought police in our societies in the West. We are not to call boys and men "he", and girls and women "she".
In my book Mutual Blessing,1 I argue that distinctions are a necessary foundation of mutual blessing. God's creation order includes distinctions between male and female, animals and humans, plants and animals, and God and humankind so as to enable an order of interdependence for mutual blessing. The Devil hates this order and is out to destroy any sense of God's design. Whether through communism or politically correct nostrums, the goal is what I call leveling - where everything goes toward nothingness, and there is no creation order at all.
I don't think most believers have a clue as to the battle they face. One of our young people in a prestigious American college in the Northeast has had to go through sessions of indoctrination to use language that is gender neutral and to embrace LGBT people.
We really have to create an alternative culture and education, and from this base invade the culture and fight the battle for language. This will require great prayer, evangelism and revival.
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11:00pm 03May18, Monte Petersen: Right on sir! I was born in the western US, where men were masculine and women were feminine. In our land, we survived droughts, Apache and Comanche Indians attacks, disease, poverty, etc., but would never have even thought of our women as men or vice versa. Truly chaos is abroad through the errant thoughts of the unredeemed. Thank YHVH once again for sending His precious Son Yeshua!!! John 3.16,17. May our dear Father's grace be with you as you continue to speak truth to the nations from good old Jerusalem. The Shield and Sword of the Lord of Hosts be with you. I stand at attention at your words.
12:10am 04May18, Pastor Mark: I too am shocked with the craziness that is growing all around us. I often wonder where it will lead to. I think I know and it is more than concerning. Thank you for being so bold as to speak out clearly on this madness and chaos. I and many others stand with you. We will not be silent nor will be bow to the agenda and growing intimidation. We have been at similar crossroads in history. We will shine and light up the darkness with the glory of Jesus and His Kingdom. The battle belongs to the Lord and this is sufficient to motivate me to stay the course shine brighter than ever before.
1:12am 04May18, Suzanna: A very wise but tragic aspect of modern life has been helpfully described ... with the answer to win more people to GOD through Yeshua! The 'ways & means' the evil one is trying to use to raise up a false society could be disheartening. What a blessing we have through Prayer and the inerrant WORD of God! Many years ago the churches adopted a plan to teach and do a strategy called "EACH ONE WIN ONE". This is what we are already praying for Messianic Kehila to be ready for times like Jeremiah 30: 1 -7! May GOD be glorified!
9:26pm 05May18, Chris: Very discerning. Thank you!
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