No President Adolf Hefner

Last time I piggybacked on Muggeridge’s observation that when the masses believe God is dead, the resulting vacuum will be filled by those driving for power or promising pleasure. If God is in the grave, there’s a mad dash for his throne.

The 20th century is full of examples of peoples and nations oppressed by the state. Communism murdered its millions. It’s no coincidence there’s no God in Marx. Socialism, a half-step behind, takes more and more from Peter so it can give more and more to Paul. Soon, both Peter and Paul bow to Big Government—to the one who gives and takes away.

Culturally, human sexuality has become whatever you want it to be. Never mind the configuration of X or Y chromosomes at birth, feelings trump reality. An anatomical and biological male can pee and shower with the ladies because, well, because his identity is different than his gender. Oh, really?

And sexually speaking it’s now a free-for-all. Sexual sin isn’t new but its cultural acceptance is. Shame left the building quite a while ago. Two daddies and two mommies are cool today but three daddies and three mommies will be even cooler tomorrow. How about even adding a dog to the solemnized threesome—why not?

The madness marches on. Do we just give up? Absolutely not!

The church and family has a job to do. No doubt, the problems before us loom large but the solution isn’t complex. In fact, the answers are provided way back in the first three chapters of our Bibles.

Before mentioning them, however, obviously we don’t concede God is dead. The one who created is still the one who sustains. His laws are still on the books. He is yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

With that said, we have two easily grasped teaching points for our pulpits and family tables. The first speaks to the sexual craziness of the age. From the opening chapter of the Bible we read, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). And then in the next chapter there is this, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). In capsulized form, God communicates in just two verses that he created two genders that are to express their sexuality within the context of marriage. There is nothing difficult to understand here. All other sexual identity labels and marriage configurations are sin and nonsense.

The second concerns why Christians should argue for small government and individual liberty. The reason is theologically derived from Genesis three; the Fall of Man. Man is fallen. He is corrupted by sin. Do you want to be governed by a fallen, smaller, and less powerful government or would you rather be governed by a fallen, bigger, and more powerful government? Where is tyranny more likely? Wisdom chooses the former.

So there you go. Those are two talking points to combat two sins of the age—the call for big government and the acceptance of sexual perversity. The solution to both is found in the opening pages of our Bibles. If our churches and families aren’t talking about them, two things are likely: government is going to get bigger and our freedoms smaller; and the sexual sins of the age will become more sordid and accepted. If that happens, President Adolf Hefner is not many election cycles away.

Pastor Rich Hamlin

November 11, 2015

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