Shaaame, what you need you have to borrow...

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 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 shameless deeds and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (Romans 1:24-27)

Shame is a gift from God with a mission-critical function within His creation. For immoralities to increase in a culture, shame must be repudiated. Today there's precious little left.

Back in 1950, the pagan anthropologist, Margaret Mead, saw it all coming when the pagan zoologist, Alfred Kinsey, released his Kinsey Report. Mead condemned Kinsey's number-crunching approach to human intimacy, pointing out that all the talk about sexual perversion would lead to shamelessness:

In every society sex patterns depend on a careful and meticulous balance between ignorance and knowledge, sophistication and naïveté. (The Kinsey Report) has upset the balance …between the things we don’t mention, and the things we do. And it may be expected to have considerable effect in our society for that reason. Quite a good deal of our virtue has depended upon people not knowing what other people were doing (in their bedrooms).

In the past, it was said, “It is better to marry than to burn.” Now we translate, “It is better to have an outlet of some sort, because you’ve got to have an outlet of some sort.” …so it’s just a question of which outlet and (this) suggests no way of choosing between a woman and a sheep.

Sixty years on, the most basic distinctions God gave us in the Garden of Eden prior to the Fall we call "male" and "female" are being obliterated by postmoderns. This precious diversity is being destroyed before our eyes.

Meanwhile, environmentalists yawn... Why do they have no interest in that glorious bifurcation God wrote into the race of man? Why such intense interest in protecting spiders and tree frogs with no interest at all in protecting man and woman?

Sex is gone, leaving only a continuum of gender constructs behind.

Where are our Christian environmentalists when we need them? If we can use shame to get people not to step on spiders or tell ethnic jokes, why can't we use shame to get people not to trample on masculinity and femininity?

Honestly, where are all the Christian environmentalists when we need them? Why blow a gasket over the loss of the yellow-bellied sapsucker when children are being raised to be androgynous? When little boys are being raised to be effeminate and little girls to be brash Tomboys?

Why no Greenspeace boat ramming the luxury yachts of sexual polluters like Tony Campolo and Brian McLaren? Why no dead fish thrown into the offices of Christians for Biblical Equality or the Bible departments of Wheaton and Covenant and Calvin?

This would be deep ecology. There is moral pollution all around us and it's threatening the species, eternally. Who will blow the whistle on the polluters? Who will set to work cleaning up the superfund sites they've left behind?

The polluters are destroying the souls of our neighbors and the sons and daughters of our homes and churches and we're concerned about what fracking means for our shale deposits?

I'm waiting to meet a true environmentalist who loves the crown of God's creation, man, and employs that incredibly useful tool formerly known as "shame" to take on the hordes of Hell in defense of Gods' creation of that glorious diversity know as Adam and Eve.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Our local paper had an article a few months ago featuring  a local university that is going to be putting in gender neutral bathrooms.  The picture on the article showed a woman with a butch haircut that wouldn't say if she was male or female (as if our eyes couldn't tell us!).  She claims that she "creates her gender as she goes along".  Ridiculous!   (Of course she's thrilled with the new "gender neutral" restroom facilities.   And those of us who disagree are "haters".   Whatever......

You make an interesting analogy here about the destruction of the genders and the lack of noise by environmentalists about it.   Great point!

Blessings,

Nancy

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