Due to several quotes that I was already familiar with, I’ve known for quite a while that Mrs. Parton’s “coat of many colors” included the rainbow flag of the warped sex pride movement. But here’s another story that makes her position (which is given under the almost guise of a non-position) quite clear when it came to her stance toward the “bigotry” of the North Carolina law that requires men to use the men’s bathroom and women to use the women’s bathroom…that sounds so hateful doesn’t it?
By American standards, I live in a very modest home: About 1,200 square feet; vinyl siding; metal roof; nothing too terribly fancy on the inside; but I am fortunate enough to have two bathrooms. Bathroom number one is off the “master” bedroom while bathroom number two is on the other side of the house. This layout has basically determined that one bathroom “belongs” to my wife, leaving the other bathroom for myself.
“What does my floor plan have to do with wisdom?” you may be wondering as you consider the title of this post. I can easily explain.
My daughter was only two-years-old at the time when she shared this bit of wisdom that I’m about to share with you…a bit of wisdom that seems to be quickly disappearing from the American culture today.
One morning I walked into the bathroom (the one off the bedroom) while my wife and daughter were in there only to be greeted with, “You’re in the girl’s bathroom, daddy. You’re supposed to use the boy’s bathroom.”
It’s amazing to me how a two-year-old girl was able to show more wisdom and common sense than a two-hundred-year-old nation!
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV). God placed clean, honorable sexual relations within marriage, for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV), for “the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13 NKJV). Those whose lives are devoted only to “sexual immorality” and “passion of lust,” “do not know God.” Jesus will condemn those who “do not know God,” and “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
The other day in the newspaper there was an article about a young man charged with a number of sexual indiscretions (“Man accused of Wal-Mart groping pleads not guilty,” A-1, 12/23/2014). These sexual indiscretions are nothing more than sexual immorality. Though he submitted a plea of “not guilty,” the fact that there is a charge is very troubling to any community with standards of decency.
That is the problem. What are the standards of decency? A secular society is able to set forth some standards, such as legal standards (laws), but the standards are arbitrary and with little moral foundation (apart from legalese language). If a moral foundation exists at all the secularists that are among us are unable to say what that foundation is. If they think they can, it certainly won’t be a religious one or a standard that is objective and transcendent of man. They are able to offer us nothing more than the opinions of man, though some like to couch it in words that sound philosophical and educated, like some “universal principle” that is “self-generating.”
The standard that is set forth by God, on the other hand, is objective and clear. It is also a standard not beholden to the fluid nature of man’s opinion. What is that standard? The standard is the holiness of God.
Many people are guilty of sexual immorality; some are even Christians. The accused young man might be guilty of such; it is hopeful that in this tremendously embarrassing circumstance, he can and will change the direction of his life.