Saturday, June 3, 2017

Loving Them To Hell

This year our City Council chose to table a LGBT ordinance which, at least temporarily, stopped the proposed law. Many refer to it as the NDO or the non discrimination ordinance. The NDO stated there could be no discrimination against anyone from the LGBT community in housing, employment, public accommodations, ect. This ordinance also included other groups which are already protected by law such as minorities and those with disabilities. Cleverly, veterans were in the mix as well because no one wants to discriminate against our troops. Make no mistake, the NDO was all about LGBT.

As you can imagine, that first city council meeting was packed beyond capacity. The leader of Fairness WV was one of the first to speak. He gave a big spill about equality and the positive economic effects of passing the NDO. He claimed Fortune 500 companies have these types of policies and would likely not come to our community if we did not. He also claimed it was a good way to attract the best and brightest workers to our area. It sounded like a rinse and repeat political speech that I thought he must  have spoke at the 10 other WV cities where the NDO passed. This issue had my interest for many reasons. I have likely researched this statewide as much as anyone. I was able to conclude a couple of things quickly. First, there seems to be no economic boost in the other 10 cities. No Fortune 500 company rushed to any of these 10 "inclusive" WV cities to set up headquarters. Secondly, I have found zero evidence that supports being part of the LGBT community alone makes someone smarter or harder working.

As the night continued we heard from supporters on both sides of the issue. The majority of citizens present were against it. Those in support of the NDO often used words like hate, tolerance, fairness, and equality. Many communicated that Christians were hypocrites if they didn't show love by supporting the NDO. My opinion is quite the opposite. I can and should love everyone. Their is a big difference between loving someone and supporting the things they do. I have a niece who is an addict. I love her with all my heart, but I hate she does drugs. The NDO defines gender identity as ones sense of self. This means someone can choose to be a boy today and a girl tomorrow. I do not see that as the same as a race, veteran, disability group, ect. My view is that if someone is born a male, they are a male. If I woke up today and said I identify as Lebron James, I would not actually be Lebron James. No one would owe me the life of Lebron James.

My Bible teaches me about truth and righteousness . If I love someone I will not agree with what they are doing if I believe it not be right according to Gods word. Right is always right. I'm saddened that many Christians and churches have supported the LGBT movement in the name of love and acceptance. You are wrong. You are not showing them truth. You are opening the gates of hell for them. If you love someone then actually love them by not camouflaging truth. The truth isn't always modern. It's not always comfortable. At the end of the day, support of the NDO is eternally damaging to many.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

While We Were Sleeping

Our city recently defeated(at least temporarily)an LGBT ordinance that would have persecuted Christian businesses and families. On four days notice Christians mobilized, showed up, and made their voices heard. Parkersburg was the first large city in West Virginia to stop this legislation. It was an exciting evening with every seat in council chambers filled to include an overflow crowd seated on the chamber floor and lobby. This issue really seemed to be important to both sides. The evening was filled with emotional talk from organizations and concerned citizens. What days earlier was considered a done deal by the local newspaper was now reversed from much pressure on the mayor and council members.

As people were sharing there concerns with council I overheard someone ask how it came to this? How did this issue get so close to passing? I thought about those questions over and over. My family moved here over three years ago and instantly fell in love with the community. It seemed to be the most loving, conservative area we have ever lived in. We noticed there seemed to be an abundance of great churches, homeschoolers, and adoptive families. We thought this was our kind of place. The kind of place to raise a family and although we didn't know then, the kind of place to start a small family business. It definitely seemed to be a great place to serve God in this wonderful community.  So, with all that being said, how did this ordinance make it to city council for a first reading?

I believe it happened while we were sleeping. This legislation did not materialize in four days. The LGBT community have planned and worked for that night for over a year. They sought out likeminded candidates to run for election and worked to convince the others to join their side. They met regularly. They connected with Fairness West Virginia and began to take the same steps that made this successful in ten other WV cities. Step by step by step they worked together gaining steam and support a little at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That's exactly how it got to this. We are very blessed God chose to smile on us.

The big question is, what have believers been doing in the last 18 months to affect the political climate in Parkersburg? Apparently not nearly enough. There are several liberal community groups that watch every move that takes place. They hold Council accountable on everything. They know everything possible about each candidate long before Election Day. They are registered to vote and they actually vote. All along we wait until the last minute and react. We remain comfortable inside our church walls. When we go out in the world we mute our Godly principles. After all, we don't want to offend the world.

We need to get out of our comfort zone. We need to get proactive and play offense for once. Why not have our own political action group? We could find our own godly candidates and get them in office. We could also propose our own ordinances that honor God. This is done everywhere except the local city level. One thing we know after this ordinance is that local politics are extremely important. Maybe next time we won't get caught sleeping.