It turns out Tim LaHaye wasn’t part of a special generation. And he wasn’t right about 2016. This world has outlasted him, just as it will outlast us all. And what we do here matters. Redeem the time you have here and make the most of it, don’t just waste it awaiting a Rapture that will never come.
I have so much and yet so little I want to say about this weekend’s tragedy, but perhaps the only thing I will say is this:
If Omar Mateen could legally purchase the handgun and assault rifle he used to slaughter 49 people, perhaps it’s (past) time to consider and debate whether or not people like him should be able to legally purchase such weapons in the future?
How would one actually verify if a transgender person was using the bathroom of his or her gender identity?
Would we have video cameras aimed at peoples’ genitals?
Would we need to enforce “pants checks” in public restrooms?
Would we “self police” and start peeking our heads into stalls and over urinal walls?
Or would we need real, actual police and law enforcement officials?
Putting the ethics and politics of the question aside for a moment, how does any of this work practically? How does one detect, let alone enforce, any of these proposed rules from either side of the political aisle?
And if the answer is that there isn’t a practical way to enact any of these detection or enforcement policies without massive intrusions into personal privacy, doesn’t this sort of suggest that forcing trans people into one bathroom or another is kind of a moot point?
Honestly, I don’t check out the genitals of other people in public restrooms, and as far as I know, people aren’t checking out mine. If a trans man uses a stall next to me – pre or post transition – I literally have no way of knowing…which is pretty much as it should be, right?
Apart from the “disestablishment of the church” comment (we have never had an established church), here is the most problematic part of this tirade for me:
Why doesn’t God “judge” America for things like this more clearly? Why aren’t God’s judgments obvious responses to human sin?
It is easy to imagine that the next large national disaster will be blamed on the rainbow White House… But the connection will be less than tenuous. Tornados in the Midwest? Water shortages in California? Earth quakes in Michigan?
If the White House angers God, why doesn’t God destroy the White House instead of sending earth quakes to Battle Creek? If gay pride parades are an affront to God, why don’t those get flooded out instead of the god-fearing farmers of the Midwest?
Does God have bad aim or something? Does god not realize the mixed symbols he’s sending?
There’s a powerful narrative circulating that Christians are on the brink of persecution in America.
(Let’s set aside, for the moment, that white American Christians are arguably the most powerful, wealthiest group of human beings in human history.)
Here, ancient Rome is held up as a direct example of what American Christians may soon face.
And here’s my response: this comparison is a disgrace to the martyrs.
Haven’t you the least amount of shame? As you prance around the country raking in speaking fees, you dare to desecrate the suffering and death of the martyrs by comparing yourself to them?
We need to do better than this. We have to do better than this.