Divine Judgment

“The conquest of the promised land is righteous and God-ordained. In the Old and New Testaments, the Scripture never encourages or asks us to apologize for the exercise of divine judgment against sin and sinners. The Christian, then, is not on his heels with regard to the Canaanite conquest or other such texts; the Christian, in fact, must never accept the lie that a God who judges evil is a God we cannot worship. The text presents the opposite view: we cannot worship a God who does not oppose and overcome evil.

Surely, the matters in question are beyond the facile workings of the creaturely mind, as all the things of God are; we boggle at the reality of divine judgment, and we feel tremendous sorrow when we hear of image-bearers who choose self-destruction—and eternal torment—over the good paths of God’s righteousness. We read of the wicked nations and people groups of the Old Testament, and we shake our heads at their choice of antiwisdom over divine truth. As we do so, we confess freely that whatever God does is right. This confession, however, does not scrub away our horror at what sinful humanity perpetually chooses to do instead of obeying God.”

-Owen Strachan, Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind, 223.

The Canaanites, for example, practiced the following and sought to entice Israelites to do the same (with amen tragic success in the old covenant eta): incestuous marriages between brothers and sisters, homosexuality, bestiality (in Egypt women cohabitated with goats), and child sacrifice.

Oneness Is Not Sameness in Eden

‪”The Bible begins with the oneness of humanity. In the Garden of Eden, there is no enmity and strife in the God-made world. There is difference, for the man and the woman are not the same and the creatures bear many distinctions—great and small—from one another. Oneness is not sameness in Eden. Creation forms one symphonic sound of praise—the song of life—in it’s superabundant diversity.”

-Owen Strachan, Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind, 207.‬

Gender Upheaval, Coming to a Children’s Commode Near You

“The gender revolution will not be televised. Why? Because it is taking place in your local public bathroom.

It’s true: gender upheaval, coming soon to a commode near you. In Maine, the state Supreme Judicial Court found in a recent court case that a young woman described as transgender could enter male or female restrooms. In California, the state legislature passed a bill that gives students who self-identify as “transgender” the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities,” including the use of restrooms of both sexes. As if using public restrooms wasn’t frightful enough!

The effect of these watershed developments in the water closet is hard to miss. Depending on their “gender expression,” boys and girls may now enter restrooms of the opposite sex as they see fit. These bizarre developments sound more like a dreaded group project in Gender Studies 101 than an act of the state. Gender revisionists have made a fuss about the “fluidity” of gender for years now, but their views have largely failed to penetrate mainstream American public life. All this is now changing.

In our enlightened new world, boys can shower with girls. They can enter a locker room of the opposite sex when they wish, and, provided they profess to be transgender, no one can stop them. This is true not only of teenagers, but kindergartners. The sexually curious no longer have a barrier to their exploration. Teachers cannot step in. Administrators cannot intervene. In public schools, per the will of the Maine judiciary and the California legislature, children no longer enjoy the protection our society has assumed as a matter of course.”

Keep reading: http://thefederalist.com/2014/02/18/childrens-restrooms-are-the-next-front-line-in-the-gender-wars/

-Owen Strachan. Owen Strachan is executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He also teaches for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Bethany and is the father of two children.