Let me quickly say that I am not a fan of Jamie Foxx, nor do I spend time watching awards shows anymore.  Nor do I think that a person has the right to belittle another person, no matter what they do with their life.  With that said, Foxx’s joke on the iheartradio awards show last Sunday night has drawn some criticism over the past week.  While I have no desire to repeat the joke, the comments across twitter were calling him a transphobe.  I will have to be honest, I didn’t even know that was a word (my spell checker certainly doesn’t recognize it).  Apparently anyone who is not openly acceptable of transgender rights is afraid of them.  (Or at least that is what those of the LGBT community want you to think.  It goes with their term homophobia that proclaims that those that stand against gay rights are afraid of them because they are different.
The truth is, what they are doing is a form of bullying.  They are trying to use labels that make us feel bad about who we or make others feel bad about who we are.  They hope that by their tactics that those that stand against their beliefs will wither change, or be stuffed into a closet. 
However, standing against a particular way of life does not make me afraid of them.  I stand against drunkenness, that does not make me an “alcoholiphobe”  I stand against lying.  It does not make me a ‘untruthaphobe.”  I stand against stealing.  It however does not make me a “cleptophobe.”  And I stand against abuse to woman and that does not make me afraid of men that hit their wives, girlfriends, etc  It
Paul wrote in I Tim. 1:8-11,
“But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted (bold added).”  Homosexuality, in whatever form it appears in, is not according to sound teaching.  It is against the purpose for which God has created us.  Those that engage in it go against what is natural as well.  Paul also wrote. “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper (bold added) (Rom. 1:26-28).”  They can argue that they were born that way.  But, according to scripture it is against the divine and the natural.  What does this mean?  It means that it is not nature, but nurture that makes a person believe that they are either a homosexual or a transgender. 
My faith encourages me to expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness. (Eph. 5:11).  When I do this I am not expressing my hate of anyone.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  It shows my love for that person.  If you were to see a child playing in a busy street, what would you do?  Would you warn that child of the dangers of playing in the street?    Would you turn the other way and say to yourself not my business.  It isn’t my kid anyways.  What if you say this child playing in the street and a car was racing down the road.  Would you do whatever it took to get that kid off of the road?  This actually happened to me when I was a kid.  My brother and I were playing in the road and our dog began barking aggressively at us.  It scared us half to death.  We ran screaming towards the house.  Mom saw the car after she heard the dog barking and was on her way to get us off of the road.  That dog loved us.  He viewed us as family and he didn’t want to see us hurt.  Even if it meant scaring us half to death.  When I talk about what the bible labels as sin I do not get on my soapbox and act like I have never sinned.  I do not now, nor will I ever, make one particular sin a worse sin than the next.  Lying, stealing, adultery, fornication, murder and homosexuality all keep us separated from God.  They all condemn our souls.  They all put us in the position of being on the road to destruction.  I warn people of the dangers of playing on that road.  As I see the “car” approaching I might “bark” a little louder than usual.  But I do this because I don’t want to see you hurt.  I don’t want to see you lost.  I love you too much for that.
Grinnell church of Christ
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