The LGBT Stoning of Dr. Mark Green
Queer anger isn’t so queer after all.
This week several LGBT mouthpieces – the American Military Partner Association, VoteVets, and the Human Rights Campaign to name but a few – came out in full force, dispatched against a single man, Dr. Mark Green, President Trump’s nomination for Secretary of the Army.
Citing his “vicious, anti-LGBT record” and his “shameful political career out of targeting LGBT people” the various groups demanded the President withdraw the nomination, that he would be “a danger” to the troops and would hurt morale.
Never mind that Dr. Green is a special operations veteran, a retired Army flight surgeon, an accomplished state Senator, and a good family man. He has a few things working against him.
Dr. Green is a Christian – strike one.
Dr. Green openly speaks of his Christianity – strike two.
Dr. Green’s may actually apply his faith – strike three.
Amazingly, Dr. Green holds and expresses views that up until a few short years ago would’ve been considered main stream, normal even. His opponents referenced his appearance on “The Hotwash with CJ and Alex”, a popular online radio program, clearly taking him out of context and splicing together disparate thoughts to slander the man.
Many seemed surprised.
The world will always hate.
Consider that godless men slew Jesus, brutally nailed Him to the cross. (Acts 2:23) Why would the godless have any regard for you? Jesus himself reassures His followers, “You will be hated by everyone because of My name.” (Matthew 10:22) In contrast with false teachers who proclaim material blessings to the naïve and ill-informed, Jesus speaks of the imminent struggle.
Peter reminds us not to be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes upon us, “as though some strange things were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12) As a believer, we should expect hatred and vitriol from the world, from the godless, from those not of Christ. We should not be surprised by the ferocity or depth of their anger.
Consider the terms of the struggle. Why wouldn’t they hate? Their very existence, in its current state, is at stake.
Christ makes all things new, shattering and destroying the old, reforming men in His image. (2 Corinthians 5:17) The reign of Jesus implies the literal and inevitable dissolution of all things that stand opposed to Him. Adopted as a son, the old me, full of self-righteous rebellion, ceased to exist. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit assured this to eternity.
But it was a violent affair. My old self did not go willing, without a fight. In fact, the remnants of my natural self still vie for life as I must continually mortify the flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:13)
As such, why wouldn’t the LGBT resist Christ with desperation? Christ threatens the very existence of anything LGBT.
The LGBT doesn’t hate Dr. Green. They hate God.
If you are not hated, there may be a problem.
Understand the existence of a broader narrative, that of an intense satanic struggle against the inevitable consummation of the Kingdom of God. This cutthroat struggle forces all to choose a side and Scripture speaks clearly. Not choosing God is the same as choosing the enemy.
If you are not persecuted for your faith in any way, then you must be harmless to the enemy. That is the natural other side of the logic. You may believe yourself a non-combatant but rest assured, all will be divided as wheat and chaff. Fence-sitters delude themselves into thinking the fence exists.
If your faith governs your life as true faith must, then at some point you must make a stand on behalf of God and for that, you will be persecuted. You will be hated on account of the name of Jesus. The word of God assures us of this truth.
Too many Christians live content to exist in the shadows, cowering in anonymity. Paul proclaims, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel.” (Romans 1:16) We must declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all its power and authority, never denying the hard truths contained herein as we allow Christ to govern our lives.
True faith can never remain silent.
True faith will burn in your heart like a fire and you will weary of holding it in until you are unable to do so anymore. (Jeremiah 20:9)
An equivalent godlessness.
A recent report troubled me. A young man (a transgender woman – i.e. a young man who identified as a woman) confronted a group of young conservatives on the campus of Berkeley, that bastion of free speech and toleration (sarcasm intended). The troubled young man tore up their Trump sign (gasp) and angrily confronted them for their audacity in openly propagating conservative principles.
Again, this should not surprise anyone. What saddened me was the young conservatives’ response.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ offends of its own regard as it threatens the destruction of the self. We needn’t wield it in an offensive manner. Let us not forget that our battle is not with the flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12) The real battle lies with the one who seeks to destroy the flesh and enslave the multitude to his wicked ways. This confused young man, though he would likely consider me his enemy, is no enemy of mine.
As such, we must wield the Gospel with love. Scripture reminds us “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” (Proverbs 25:21) From the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who mistreat us. (Luke 6:27-28)
He exhorts us to turn the other cheek, were on enemy to strike us, to give our very shirt to the one who might take our coat. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” (Luke 6:32) Even the wicked love those who love them.
The confused young man left nearly in tears after the group of young conservatives responded with equal vitriol and self-righteous indignation, taunting him in response. I have no idea of their spiritual status, only that their lack of compassion displayed an equivalent godlessness.
Senator Mark Green will persevere. He is a strong man and the blathering venom of his enemies will hopefully fall upon deaf ears in the administration. Prayerfully, he’ll soon be sworn in to replace Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of the Army. Still, the battle will continue to rage for the hearts and souls of men. I pray that we would remember the terms of the battle.
The true mark of authentic faith is love and compassion for those who would otherwise hate you.
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Soldier, Pastor, Author – Bradford stays busy, with his wife Ami, raising their 9 children, serving the nation, pastoring, preaching, and writing books (#3 is due out October ’17).
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