CHILLICOTHE, Oh. (BNC) by Ron Thomas — David Lipscomb University, in their online student publication, “Lumination Network,” had an article “in recognition of National Coming Out Day.” Reflect on this for just a moment — a Christian university that supposedly stands for the moral foundations of the Lord allows students to come out in support of “National Coming Out Day”, an effort to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
Is this acceptance of the behavior? It appears to be exactly that. It is reported this is “about freedom to be who you are” on this Nashville campus. Student Aria Bartley said, “There’s a difference between acceptance and supporting, and although not everyone is going to be supportive, this is about learning to accept everyone for who they are.”
Apparently, she does not realize what she is saying. The behavior of the transgender and homosexual community – does the Lord support and accept them? Consider Rom. 1:26-27, ASV:
For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.
One can’t read the above passage and conclude the Lord accepts and supports the behavioral lifestyle. One can’t accept it unless their thinking is clouded with the ways of the world.
Perhaps those who came out to support the LGBT day simply wanted to educate others, at least this is what was said: “The students had conversations with the student body and sought to educate outsiders on what it means to be a part of the LGBT community to anybody who stopped by the community gathering around the Bison.”
I am curious about what would be said. Would the education be with regard to what the Lord teaches, or would it be the desires of a secular, progressive and atheistic world? I suspect the latter. That will be too bad for those who accept and support people who live contrary to the Lord’s will. His standard of holiness will not be compromised by any without there being accountability on the ultimate “coming out” day, otherwise known as Judgment Day.
What a sad day when the Lipscomb handbook speaks about standing up for “biblical standards of sexual morality” but then has a staff member, Dr. Paul Prill, as an unofficial advocate for the community as they “come out”.
Those who struggle with the immoral behavior need support and education to change their way of thinking from the ways of this world to the ways of the Lord. There are a great many people in this world who would willingly support and help those who bend their knees before the Lord and ask to be forgiven. Jesus said to all, “Come unto me … take my yoke … my burden is light.”
The Lord’s burden is much lighter to carry than one’s own.
Ron works with the Sunrush congregation in Chillicothe, Oh., where he also serves as an elder.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three married children and six grandchildren. He sometimes writes “7 Points.” http://randal.us