Just days after the voters in Houston, TX rejected a bill that would have forced public restrooms to allow men to use women’s bathrooms under the guise of somehow feeling ladylike that day, came this almost unbelievable story from that problematic city: “Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center’s transgender agenda…The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy.” Now, if the headline read that they were fired for insisting on calling a little girl a boy, that would actually make sense. But in these times when truth seems to be not only in short supply but actually the enemy of our brave new world, this is what we get.
There is a reason that politicians can get away with deliberately lying to the public. As a society, we expect that people lie. And when that is a societal norm, then it is not a reason to discredit a politician. Claiming things that happened when they never happened to enhance a resume´ (like being shot at while deplaning in a foreign country), or that your husband’s affair with an intern is really a conspiracy of your political opponents, or that Islam is a religion of peace, or that a video caused a mid-east riot when you told other mid-eastern leaders that it was not the video but an act of terror, would have once been tantamount to political suicide, but is now in many minds a non-issue.
Statistics can lie, but they can also reveal trends. Studies on lying have indicated that people lie. They lie regularly. And they consider it part of everyday life. We are a long way from the day when the President of the United States had the nick-name of Honest Abe. Somehow that doesn’t fit most of our political leaders (with some precious few exceptions).
Why do people lie? One reason is that our education has taught us to lie. When we are told by the movers and shakers that you can be whatever you want to be (not to be confused, until recently, with the military recruiting slogan “Be all you can be”) whether it is male one day, female the next, or homosexual one day, bisexual the next, we have been taught to tell and believe lies.
Hans Christian Anderson in his famed short story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” describes two hucksters who convince the leaders that they make clothes that only the most noble and worthy can see. The emperor, of course, must have a set of these clothes. He professes to be able to see them and his ministers profess admiration for his new get-up. When he parades himself in public, the people also profess to admire his wonderful clothes, until a small boy not tainted with the prejudices of the culture observes, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The boy’s observation is picked up by the crowd. Then Anderson concludes his story with this rather telling ending.
“But he hasn’t got anything on!” the whole town cried out at last. The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, “This procession has got to go on.” So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all.
Little is more absurd than calling a boy a girl. Yet in our day, failing to do so can get you fired in some places. Or get you banned from ministering. A Kentucky pastor (not all of the madness is in Houston) who had been visiting a juvenile detention center for years was prohibited from continuing his ministry because he refused to agree to stop quoting the Bible or discussing sexual orientation or behavior (AFA Journal, Nov. 2015). New policy of the state’s department of justice did not allow telling the residents that they were “abnormal, deviant, sinful, or that they can or should change…” The lie became quite overt when an appeal on behalf of the pastor was rejected because the policy is “neutral to religion.”
Neutral to religion? A policy that tells a Christian pastor that he cannot quote the Bible is neutral? What planet is this? They just banned a preacher from preaching and claim it is neutral! It is one thing for a nation like North Korea to overtly malign faith. It is another to malign faith and while doing so claim to be neutral. This is madness. It is turning words on their heads.
Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me” (Matt. 12:30a). He allowed for no neutrality. To say that government institutions are neutral zones is false. They have officially become enemies of Jesus. The fallout is painfully obvious. And the result is that lies become acceptable and expected. In fact, truth has become the enemy of modern culture. Truth is irrelevant. People invent their own truth. Therefore it is out of step with the culture to point out the absurdity of even the most outrageous of claims, for example that an Olympic male athlete is a woman. The media, educational institutions, glamor magazines, sports commentators, all line up to affirm what is obviously false.
Most people do not confuse boys with girls or men with women. Yet our leaders are like the emperor. Inwardly they realize that their positions on gay marriage (which is neither) and other LGBT issues are clothes made of nothing. Nevertheless they insist that the procession must go on. So they continue their parade as proudly as ever, looking down their noses on any who would point out their shame. The little boy who observed the naked emperor in contemporary times may have to alter his remark. “But he isn’t wearing anything at all and he says he’s a woman!”
The Bible is our source of truth, and has been foundational to America’s basic understanding of right and wrong from its foundation. It is no wonder that since the Bible was taken out of the public schools as an official decree from the highest court of the land,
that our nation has deteriorated in almost every measurable societal quality. Families have disintegrated. Violent crime has surged. Communities are fractured. Racial tensions have increased. Substance abuse is endemic. America in large measure is lost to a secular mindset, focused on eating, drinking and being merry, while the very soul of the nation is dying. Nations that forget God are turned into hell.
Which brings us to God’s view of all this. God is so interested in the truth that He sent Jesus to witness to the truth. “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37). In fact, Jesus is the truth. There is a description in Revelation of the holy city. Excluded from that city, among others, are “whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” The only solution to the lying problem of America is the truth. That is only found in Jesus. Without Him, there is only more falsehood.
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).