By now only the most isolated of people and the Amish, as reported by Jesse Watters last night, have not heard that Bruce Jenner is now a woman!
In the past several days Jenner has been lauded as courageous by most of the Hollywood elite, the liberal media and even the President of the United States. After Jenner changed his name and sent out his first Tweet on his new Twitter account, President Obama retweeted it with this comment, “It takes courage to share your story.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the President was supportive of Jenner’s transformation. “The president does believe that (Bruce) Jenner has shown tremendous courage, as (he) has undergone this transition in a very public way,” opined Earnest. ”
Now ESPN has announced they will give Jenner their Arthur Ashe Courage Award at their ESPY award show in July. It is one of the most prestigious awards in sports. According to ESPN, ” the recipients reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”
Really? What cost?
If Jenner had made this startling announcement in 1976 after winning the gold metal in the Olympics, that might have been courageous. Thirty years ago people had more sense. There was some general understanding between right and wrong. Not today. Anything goes. No matter how weird. Outlandish. Or twisted. In fact, the more bizarre the better.
Rob Shuter, VH 1 host of “The Gossip Table,” told the NY Daily News, “If the stars align, (Jenner) could be worth $500 million in the next 5 to 10 years. (He) is going to be a pioneer.”
I just don’t see the courage in admitting something that everyone is going to praise. Put you on the cover of magazines. Give you awards. Feature you in your own reality TV Show. And provide you with incredible financial opportunities.
Columnist Jesse Lee Peterson, of WND, put it this way, “I do not see a courageous woman. I see a weak, pathetic, shameless man. Jenner has no shame about being wrong. Once a person gets rid of the shame in his or her life, there is no limit to the destruction they are capable of.”
“The deceiver’s game is to make us believe that the abnormal is normal, that we’re being ourselves when we give in to what in reality is an evil identity making a home inside of us.”
Peterson’s observations remind me of two Biblical warnings from the Prophets regarding the sins of ancient Israel.
“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Jer 6:15)
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!” (Isa 5:20-21)
Isaiah and Jeremiah eerily describe the condition of modern-day America, it’s leaders and more of more of its people who are blindly following the blind into a moral ditch of degradation, dishonor and destruction.
Courage is not having operations to transform into a man into a woman. In fact, Jenner will never really be a woman! He can change his outside appearance, shop in the women’s department at Neiman Marcus and go to the women’s restroom, but he can’t change the chromosomes that God gave him when the Creator made him a male.
Moral courage would be overcoming your temptations. Mastering your emotions. Not succumbing to your sinful desires. Conquering your baser instincts. And glorifying God in your body, realizing it is His, and not yours to degrade and disgrace. (ICor 6:19-20)
Is Bruce Jenner courageous? Absolutely not.
But Christians must be courageous to resist the wickedness of this world, denounce its sordid sinfulness and boldly defend God’s Truth.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman