Friday, February 13, 2015

Laughter Among the Tyranny

It is one thing to be forced to do something you don't believe in by an enemy. But it is quite another to be compelled to conform against your conscience by those you trust. The scriptures call this unrighteous dominion. Whether we want to admit it or not, this is what is happening all around us today, even in America's churches. These are churches which have softened towards sin, in one case the sin of proud homosexuality, to the point of calling it new names, welcoming it into their midst, and making this no longer a sin, but a noble calling, within the body of the church. This is not only spiritual abuse toward those sinning, but also abusive to the truly religious and striving. These churches, formerly against this sin in all its forms, have now "graduated" to become pro-gay advocates, affirming the gay identity, producing gay-affirming propaganda, preaching inclusion, in other words, compelling all congregants to go along. This has come to the point of supplying language and terminology everybody must memorize and utilize so as not to offend these  pampered sinners. (Please note: we're all sinners, yes, but these sinners are public and proud about their sins!)

Modern-day Sodomites have knocked on the doors of steepled chapels across the nation and an increasing number of those chapel doors have opened wide. Each offending congregation will thus become its own little Sodom City. Yes, Lot and his family dwelt there. They lived with it because they had to. But when told to leave because the city was to be destroyed, they did. Only Lot's wife hesitated and was destroyed also. What do true followers of Christ do when all ostensibly Christian churches have welcomed homosexuality and it is being modeled and preached in all chapels and classrooms, to children, no less? Where can we flee?

To the educated, to the thinking believer, to the true follower of Christ, this situation is so dire as to tend to cause one's eyeballs to explode. Of course, apart from a certain amount of correct righteous indignation, a better reaction, always, is to turn to the Lord. Take a deep breath. Put your treasure in righteous, heavenly things. Trust in the Lord. Know what's happening, but keep the faith. Be prepared to suffer in Christ's name. Get ready for persecution from your own congregation, from your friends, even from your family.

Through such times, serious as it is to both the temporal and spiritual future of God's children, it helps to keep a sense of humor, especially if you wish to keep sane and there is nothing you can do to stop the craziness. Someone said humor is an acceptance of life. If so, it's absolutely hilarious right now.

We watched an interesting movie on Netflix recently called The Wiper's Times. It's a true story about some British soldiers in WWI who were stuck for months in Ypres, Belgium hemmed in by the enemy and who found a printing press. They decided to try to raise morale by printing a satirical newspaper for the troops. It was full of, well, the acceptance of life as they were living it in this armpit of the war. It consisted of inside jokes and silly faux ads---army humor that made the soldiers laugh, lightened their hearts, made them feel a wry sense of unity in their extremity. Oh yes, there was criticism from some of the upper ranks, but the intrepid journalists wrote on, unsung heroes. It was their way of taking heart, of not giving in to immobilizing despair.

Maybe we at SoL need our own version of The Wiper's Times. How about The Gay Times? Those are certainly the times we are living in. It's not that we wish to make fun of those with unwanted same-sex attraction. We care about them and pray they will continue and succeed in their struggle against this sin through Christ. (Many have overcome SSA, but they aren't allowed a place at the cultural table, apparently.) We care about the proud, out gays, too, but these are the ones who actually need making fun of. Reality check: Gay is not an ethnic group. It has to do with the type of sex they've come to lust after. They even identify themselves by it publicly! And people believe them! See what we mean by hilarious? Sorry, iniquity is not an identity. Homosexuality is a sinful and unhealthy and unnatural mindset with corresponding behavior, which can all be changed. Hearts and minds and feelings change all the time. Golly, these people take themselves much too seriously. They need making fun of because lots of the things they say are so nuts you have to laugh out loud or you'll cry. These are gay times indeed, in more ways than one. Get it?

Remember the sing-to-the-tune-ofs in the old  MAD Magazine ? Remember The Monkees? Just humming their cheery tunes lifts our spirits. How about this piece for the first edition of The Gay Times?

Sing to the tune of "Here We Come" by The Monkees

Here we come,
Walking down the aisles.
Don't get funny looks,
Everybody smiles!

Hey, hey we're the Elgeebeetees,
People now believe what we say!
As we keep busy lusting
Churches turn the other way!

We're just trying to be worldly.
Come watch us change your mind.
We're the sex revolution,
Embrace us or you are not "kind!"

Hey, hey we're the Elgeebeetees,
Your church will open its arms.
So you'd better get ready,
None will warn of the harms!

Of course gays and homosexualist koolaid drinkers won't think this is funny. Too bad. A little laughing at themselves might do them a world of good. They're waaaaaay too serious about their sexual whims, which  could evolve to something new at any given moment apparently. Really, is the particular type of sex they've decided they currently like really worth all of this public attention? And court cases? And money? And pressure on and persecution of religious people? Take a cold shower, people!

When it's this crazy, sometimes we have to find some laughter among the tyranny.  

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