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Sham of the Year

I grew up on a small family farm in Southeast Oklahoma where we raised cattle. Even as a young child, I did not have to have a degree in biology to understand the difference between cows and bulls. For the record, I am not a veterinarian, but I know a male bovine is called a bull. A castrated bull is called a steer. It is not a female, a heifer, or a cow. I also know that you can’t get milk from a bull or a steer because there is a biological difference between a female and male bovine. Today, however, some will say there is no difference between a female and a male. Recently, one prominent government official could not even define the word “woman.”

Supreme Court Justice of the Year

During the recent confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn asked the Supreme Court nominee to define the word “woman.” Jackson answered, “I can’t.” Blackburn, who seemed shocked by Jackson’s answer, replied, “You can’t?” To which Jackson said, “Not in this context. I’m not a biologist.” 

Think about that for a moment … The meaning of the word “woman” is so unclear and controversial that a woman who will serve on the Supreme Court of the United States can’t define the word. It’s mindboggling. I heard one commentator ask, “If the woman Biden nominated can’t define what a woman is … why was it so important to nominate a woman?” 

Of course, everyone knows Judge Jackson is perfectly aware of how to define the word “woman.” She is a woman who is married to a man, Dr. Patrick Graves Jackson, a Boston surgeon. She and Dr. Jackson are the parents of two daughters. However, if she were to define the word “woman,” she would upset those who are pushing the LGBTQ+ agenda. So, she said that she could not define the word “woman” because she is not a biologist. 

Swimmer of the Year

Senator Blackburn’s question to Judge Jackson hits on nearly every political hot-button issue, from critical race theory, to teaching children about gender identity in schools, to William Thomas, a transgender swimmer who calls himself Lia Thomas. Thomas, who swims for the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s team, began his swimming career at the age of five. When he first started his career, he competed in male swimming competitions. A couple of years ago, he decided to identify with the female gender. When Thomas decided he was a woman, he went from an average male swimmer to the top female swimmer in the nation. In the men’s 200 freestyle, William Thomas was ranked 554th. Today, as Lia Thomas, he is ranked number one among women. 

Even if a male has a sex-change operation (which Thomas has not) the hormone-suppressant therapy that follows the operation does not reverse the advantages of testosterone-driven puberty which gives greater height, greater natural strength, bigger hands and feet, a bigger heart muscle, and an enhanced lung capacity. In a sport like swimming, these physical attributes can make a great difference. Mr. Thomas is well over six feet tall, which gives him a major advantage over female competitors. Veteran swimming champion Michael Phelps recently spoke out against allowing Thomas to compete as a female. Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, said, “Sports should be played on an even playing field.”

This woke ideology of women facing unfair competition in the name of inclusivity has been a problem for several years now. In September of 2014, Boyd Burton, a mixed martial arts athlete, fractured an opponent’s skull. Boyd is a man who had transgender reassignment surgery and fought in the women’s MMA under the name Fallon Fox. He defeated his female opponent, Tamikka Brents, within the first two minutes of their match. Brents’ skull was fractured, she was knocked unconscious, and she received a concussion. She later said, “I have struggled with many women, and I have never felt the strength I felt in a fight like that night.” She added, “I have never felt so dominated in my life and I am an abnormally strong woman in my own right.” Brents was vilified by the media over her remarks. On the other hand, Mr. Burton was called a “hero” and a “champion” for women by the media. It was recently reported that a Hollywood film based on his Fallon Fox alter ego is currently in production. 

Special Contributor of the Year

A few days ago, Fox News announced that Bruce Jenner had been hired as a Fox News Media Special Contributor. Bruce lived as a man until 2015 when he decided to change his name to Caitlyn. When I was a kid, Bruce Jenner won Olympic gold in the 1976 decathlon. His picture was on the Wheaties cereal box, and he was considered the epitome of masculinity. Today, he thinks he is a female, and Fox News (a supposedly conservative media outlet) has him on their programs speaking out on LGBTQ+ and (of all things) women’s issues. 

Secretary of the Year

USA Today recently announced that a man was their “woman of the year.” The man in question is Richard Levine, who calls himself Rachel. Mr. Levine currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. On February 13, 2021, President Biden commissioned Levine as a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. USA Today named him as one of their “women of the year” because he “defines courage.” Ironically, USA Today can use Richard Levine as a definition of courage, but the same publication (like Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson) cannot define the word “woman.”

In response to USA Today naming Secretary Levine as one of their women of the year, several conservative and Christian media outlets wrote editorials. All the articles that mentioned the fact that no matter what he calls himself, Richard Levine is a man, were censored and not allowed to be shared on social media. A spokesman for Twitter said any article that calls Levine a man is “in violation of Twitter’s hateful conduct policy.”

Sham of the Year

I would like to let Twitter (and everyone else for that matter) know that my intent in writing this article was not to be hateful. My message to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community is not one of hate. Instead, I would like to send a message of love. My Lord Jesus Christ loves all people. He wants what is best for all people, but the LGBTQ+ lifestyle is not the best for anyone. It is sin, and a holy God hates sin. He loves the sinner, but He hates the sin. So, I would say to any LGBTQ+ person, come to Jesus and struggle against sin. Don’t give into it.

At the same time, I want people to understand the goals of the LGBTQ+ agenda. Most people think their agenda is about winning acceptance and tolerance of homosexual Americans, something few people find objectionable. However, that is a sham. Ultimately, they want to force Americans to celebrate and bow before the full and ever-expanding LGBTQ+ agenda while detaching America from its Judeo-Christian heritage and moral framework. The destruction of Christianity and common sense in society is their goal. 

Mark my words, Christian organizations will be forced to service behavior they find sinful or be driven out of business. What about the church that will be forced to offer bathrooms of choice where everyone gets to decide his preferred sex? What about Christian schools that will be forced to teach and accept dozens of “gender identifications” in their classrooms? What about the Christian hospital that refuses to perform gender reassignment surgeries? What about the preacher who opens the Word of God and calls homosexuality a sin? What about Christian parents who refuse the government ordering them to embrace their young child’s chosen “gender preference”?

Unlike Christians who love the sinner but hate the sin, the woke who push the LGBTQ+ agenda take the opposite approach and fiercely hate Christians who don’t believe as they do or serve the same master. These activists will not stop until everyone who knows the difference between a man and a woman is silenced forever. 

Jesus said, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6). God was not confused. Gender was created by God and people were created “male and female.” Of course, sin has affected this fallen world, including gender. Consequently, some people struggle with gender identity. As Christians, we should have compassion for these individuals, but we should not accept and embrace their sinful choices. We should speak the truth in love and share the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all people. 

Abraham Lincoln once asked an audience how many legs a dog has if you count the tail as a leg. When the group answered, “Five,” Lincoln told them the answer was four. He said, “The fact that you called the tail a leg didn’t make it a leg.”

Abraham Lincoln must have been a biologist …

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James Collins

James Collins is the former Staff Evangelist for Southwest Radio Ministries. He previously served in various pastoral positions in Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, and California. Before being called to SWRC, James was a Chaplain in the United States Army and served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve. He and wife share their home with three extraordinary children, three dogs, and a lifetime collection of books.

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