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Conventional Thinking: ‘Whatever’

In an age drenched in relativism, it is no surprise that fundamental institutions such as marriage are being re-defined. Marriage, however, is not the only institution being challenged and transformed. The very notion of man and woman is now changing.

A news report out of the Colorado Gazette said, “From early on, we divide toys and activities by distinct gender lines, with superheroes and trucks and muck on one side and princesses and dolls and all things frilly on the other.

“Many children land, enthusiastically, on the expected side. Others dabble in both ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ things. But what if your kid, even from an early age, mostly showed interest in doing opposite-gender things? More importantly, what if they wanted to BE the opposite gender—or a less-defined mix of both? And what if they wanted to test those limits in public places, such as school?”

Dramatic redefinitions of key realities in life—like family—have the most adverse effect on children, who are only beginning to grasp the world around them.

The article goes on to cite a select few individuals who struggle in a “transgendered” existence, not even knowing which bathroom to use. How far we have fallen. How dazed and confused we are. And how ironic that the same people who tell us homosexuals are born that way, with no hope for changing, tell us that boys and girls are not born to be, well, boys and girls.

Famous British novelist George Orwell once said, “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”

I remember a time in my life in which I had to re-state the obvious. During a conversation over coffee with an acquaintance from a church, he confessed to struggling with homosexual desires. Before I prayed with him, I reminded him that God made him a man and God does not make mistakes. He was taken aback by the notion. The very idea instilled fresh courage and purpose in his life.

For too many decades, we Americans have sowed the wind and now reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). Houston Baptist University Professor Louis Markos said the attitude of our age can best be summed up in one word: “Whatever.”

“What’s true for you may not be true for me,” society says. It is no wonder we are seeing such a dramatic moral meltdown when a “whatever” attitude takes over. Fortunately, we are not weaponless in the face of this enemy of relativism.

In fact, more than any other group, Christians are best equipped to deal with this trend. Armed with the very power of God and His Truth, we can stand firm. During stormy times, people desperate enough to look for help will look for a rock to cling to, in this case Christ and the Church.

Is there someone in your life you could point to Christ? In your social circles, in your neighborhood, in your community, you can turn the “whatever” mentality to the fixed Person of Jesus.

This will not be accomplished only through words or posts on Facebook. In fact, the hardest and deepest conversations will not happen online, but eye to eye. Moreover, we can speak loudest with our actions by living the Christian life.

The next time you hear someone say “Whatever” to one of life’s most crucial questions or issues, use it as a springboard to talk about God’s timeless Truth.

Brian Hobbs

Author: Brian Hobbs

Brian is editor of The Baptist Messenger.

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