We don’t like to do politics here, but it so bizarre out there, at all ends of the spectrum, on all sides, that, on occasion, a few comments may be in order.
The concern this day is the candidate in the Democratic Party named Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana (home to Notre Dame University) and of late instructing folks, especially in the opposing party, on Christianity. He has pointed out, at times rightly, that some who declare themselves Christian have fallen to a political sway that focuses on money and ignores destruction of God’s Creation, leaving out the poor, the destitute, those whom Christ told us to help.
The problem is Mayor Buttigieg’s own set of standards. While championing the cause of the downtrodden (as all of us should), he has no problem aborting — killing — babies right up to the moment of birth, which is cognitive dissonance (spiritual blindness) in the extreme, afflicting here a man who attended Harvard University (which too often breeds such disconnects) and was a Rhodes scholar. And it drew a rebuke even from his brother-in-law, Rhyan Glezman, a pastor of a small Michigan church who is calling on the South Bend mayor to “repent” for invoking the Bible to defend late-term abortions. During an interview on “The Breakfast Club” last week, the candidate had stated said that life only begins when a baby takes a breath — and claimed the Bible supports his view. Those comments crossed the line, according to Glezman. “I feel a sense of responsibility and stewardship of my faith to stand up and say something, to say, ‘No, that’s not true,'” he told the Washington Examiner. “What we see is a modern-day Pharisee. He is a person who’s making up their own rules and regulations and, basically, if we don’t celebrate and endorse their interpretation of Scripture, our religion is fallible. And that’s just not true.”
The matter of this “brother-in-law,” meanwhile, brings up another issue: Mayor Buttigieg is openly homosexual and “married” to Glezman’s brother Chasten. Making matters more startling, he wants to adopt a child — to make his “husband” a “father.” If elected, he would grant our nation and its own children the specter of a First Partner. Interesting times, are these. Admittedly, there is cognitive dissonance on both ends of the political spectrum.
But here we speak of Buttigieg, the first major openly gay presidential primary candidate. Apparently the Ivy League thoroughbred dismisses certain parts of the same Bible he quotes, especially Leviticus 18:22 (“[Men] shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” and 20:13, which says, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act.”
In Romans 1:26-27, Paul said, “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 indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” The Bible says homosexuality is against God’s natural law with severe consequences. You can be forgiven of homosexuality. You can be forgiven of any sin. Greed and arrogance and heterosexual transgressions — harshness, violence — are also sins.
And to be forgiven, you must admit you have sinned.
The Bible prohibits homosexual behavior. Difficult it is, to comport the practices of homosexuality with the biological functionality and health designed by God.
Are the authors of the Bible guilty of a “hate crime”? Is God?
Or is it that the highest form of love wants those who are errant to change in order to purify for Heaven?
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