Overdone LGBT Chicken

One day it will be impossible to criticize the fanatics of the LBGT community.

In fact, it is almost a cultural sin to do it today. The difference today vs the future is today we can only be spat on, lose our jobs, be banned from social media, or shamed on Twitter. Corporately the scheme is to harass employees, boycott, or create such a stir that the franchisee be denied a lease. So I suspect the day will come when all unbelievers will be prosecuted and jailed for dismissing this dogma and holding views that doubt them. Would-be Christians who hold biblical values and contend for traditional marriage and believe that natural sexual purity is good and right in the eyes of God, are the main targets of these radicals.

You do know I have friends in and supportive of the gay community whom I love and admire! That I have said God is working on all of us and sin is not exclusive to this community, in fact I believe, as one dear friend pointed out, too much social emphasis is put on this one issue. But inevitably just when I begin to become a mellow fellow on the subject, a sudden and irrational outbreak of the most stupid and nastiest fanatics of LGBT movement show their colors. Their intolerant zealotry is reminiscent of the dark age burning of witches and heretics emerges. It seems to bring them great joy to despise people who don’t subscribe to their behavior, their values. Sound familiar?

So what’s my beef? It has nothing to do with beef, it’s about the chicken! Chick-fill-A to be specific. The headling in a CNBC article read, “Chick-fil-A’s first UK location will close after pressure from LGBTQ rights group.” A British shopping center leasing the location said it will not extend the restaurant’s six-month lease because of pressure by a radical LGBT group, the BBC reported Friday. Fortunatly the company makes the best fast food chicken sandwiches on the planet and this incident will not stop them from delivering delicious sandwiches and “award winning” customer service to ALL who buy their food. But the message is clear, these radicals cannot tolerate different opinions on marriage. As you know the founder of the company, Dan Cathy, a long time ago made public comments opposing gay marriage, just as I am doing today!

I don’t own a business anymore and I’m not very influential, but if this blog goes viral, God forbid, I would expect to get a strong whiff of the fierce joy which comes from despising others. The tactics of these groups reminds me of the Age of Inquisitions.

I won’t try to argue here on the rightness or wrongness of one’s sexuality, I’ve done that in other writings. So don’t try to goad me into a fight about the causes or “rightness” of LGBT issues. I know from multiple experiences that supporters respond to reasonable doubt with fury and defamatory cries of “bigotry.”

You should rather look within. Thanks to the political and media class’s dim witted acceptance of shouted propaganda, and their rejection of reason, these LBGT radicals are continually damaging themselves and their acceptance by keeping the spotlight on their wacko tactics.

Whether you favor one side or the other, to reasonable folks, these sort of tactics do more harm than good. Pray tell us what is going on behind these self-satisfied, insensable expressions of hate? Seriously, it’s just Chicken and righteousness that I enjoy!

The Great Something

Well, that’s really cool, you believe in a higher power! What kind of a higher power? I suppose it does not matter what your higher power looks like, but since it cannot be described, it could in theory be disguised as a nuclear blast or maybe an extraordinary magical gerbil. Or maybe like the mystical gods it resides in the sun, or deep in the earth? Maybe is does not live at all, it could be something unknown, supernatural. Notice I call it an “It.” A “higher power” is rarely portrayed as a him or a her. But some don’t think it must be something beyond us. Beyond all thought, beyond all comprehension – The Great Something.

But what does this great something do? You say it has power, but what kind of power? Is it an all powerful power or just slightly more powerful than mankind? Some think a higher power needs only to be “an adequate” power. So what can your higher power do? Does it have limitations? Can it make you fly? If you don’t know neither can I.

Many of the people who believe in this great higher power believe it exists, but they don’t revere it – for obvious reasons. They have never heard a word it has spoken. It has no standards, no thoughts, no requirements. Maybe it just is, depending on what is is, of course! Unwittingly, some believe it looks after them, somehow, in some way? Yet for some “The Great Something,” the “It,” the “Higher Power” does play some role in their lives; they believe for one it commonly heals addictions. Most of “It’s” believer’s believe it is a good power, why should they believe in a bad power?

But if it is a good power, where does it get it’s goodness? And who determines what is good? The believer? Yes, in all cases! That’s where this whole thing goes haywire. The all powerful “Higher Power” gets it’s power from the believer who believes the “Great Something” is doing good things that he or she wants it to do. That’s crazy! How can there be a higher power that has no ordinary, customary, stated standard or communiqué; to do good things for people for no other reason than they think the thing they wish it to do is adequately good? Who’s in charge here? Is it the thing that is powerful or the thing that wishes the “Good Thing” to be all powerful?

I read on the Richard Dawkins foundation website a thread where a young lady was questioning the concept of a higher power and it’s use by AA, Alcoholics Anonymous. An atheist responded to her question, “..one does not have to think of a higher power as a god, it could be an oak tree if you want it to be.” To many a higher power is simply something just bigger than one’s self literally or figuratively. And they are right if they have the mystical muscle to decide what that power is.

It is an important rule of the “Greater Power” believers not to put any name on their religion, like other religions. They say, “all religions cannot be right! And it would be fanatical to believe that one religion has all the answers.” They will not taper their broadminded thinking to believe in one true God. So the notion of a higher power is fashioned like leftover scraps of meat squeezed through a grinder and spices added to make the sausage suitable for consumption. From the creation they made in their own mind they consume.

So am I saying there is no higher power? No! There is a higher power, one higher power. God is his name! I know this offends some, get over it, He has! God is much different, it’s not just semantics. Like the your Higher Power “His” ways are unfathomable, but unlike your higher power he is knowable. Not because we can know him, or create him in our own minds, but because he has revealed himself to us. In creation, in nature, from historical eyewitnesses, in ourselves, in love, and in his word. For example we know what is right and wrong, good and bad, through the natural laws of nature. There is not a good and bad gene as some claim. No evolutionary ethical standards discovered by evolutionary science. The idea of decent behavior is basic to every human being. This idea does not apply to vegetables, rocks, or even my favorite animal, dogs. Right and wrong in its basic form does not have to be taught. You may find an outlier here or there, as you might find a few people who are born with six toes or cannot sing worth beans. C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity thinks the same way. He believes there are differences, but there is not a “total difference” between humans. He illustrates this by asking his readers to think of a country “where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him.” A ridiculous thought right! He also thinks while some people differ on what people ought to be unselfish about, the world has always believed that selfishness has never been admired. And he thinks, while some have disagreed about how many wives we may have, “we have always agreed that man must not have any woman he likes.”

So what does having such natural standards mean? It means that some things are not a matter of opinion. They call this subjective truth. But I believe God has created us in a certain way, in his image. We, by choice, violate His rules. And while you may think it unfair to have rules established by God, your taste or opinions don’t really matter. But I should not be arrogant. The problem arises that none of us find ourselves capable of keeping His rules, neither all of man’s ridiculous rules. We do our best, and more often than not practice ourselves the kind of behavior we abhor in other people. If we make our own higher power we relieve ourselves of this dilemma, so I can see why many choose to create for themselves a theology of tolerance. They say, “Why should I suffer the shame of selfishness, I’m being authentic, true to myself?” But the guilt remains because the true God, the on “I Am” who was ans is and is to come, “He” made the rules.

For some of you, you might say, “since we all break the rules, we are all the same so nobody is at fault.” We are all equal then, right? In one sense that is true. We are all guilty of breaking these laws of nature, Gods laws. But because we are all guilty, we are not all free from the consequences. Even mankind has consequences for breaking its laws. Speed through a school zone and you will get a fine. If something is not perfect it already has consequences, imperfection. We are therefore under natural law, a moral law, not made by us and, although troublesome, one we ought to obey. At least it appears that something or some Holy Higher Power wants us to obey these natural laws or why else would they exist? If you will look honestly at the universe, and this being behind it, you will find he is more than just a higher power. He is as Lewis says, ” intensely interested in right conduct – in fair play, unselfishness, courage, good faith, honesty and truthfulness.” This is why we can say God is good and He requires us to be so as well.

So God has standards – already that is a huge departure from a simple 10 step higher power. And we have not even touched upon the specifics of Christianity, or even those rules of other religions that claim their god is good. So the true God has power, ultimate power, but He also is behind morality. If God is behind morality, and God is good, then it should be a terrible thing to fall into the hands of God. For we have broken the rules already by our selfishness, our pride, lust, idolatry, greed etc…

So this is the bottom line. Belief in a higher power is wishful thinking, belief in the truth brings comfort and freedom. I know I came about it in a round about way. Your higher power is impotent if it requires nothing of you. Christianity asks much more and tells people to repent of their failures with the promise of forgiveness. If you feel like there is nothing to be forgiven for you have put yourself ahead of your higher power. When you recognize you are sick, you will know you need a physician. Christ came to heal your sickness. It (Christianity) begins when you realize you are sick, and in the long run you will realize being a Christian is the only source of undeniable comfort.