In Matthew 19:4, our Lord quoted from the Lawgiver Moses’ account of Creation to emphasize God’s plan for human sexuality: one man and one woman united in marriage for life (Mat. 19:5-9). There is no room in God’s plan for the perversion of same-sex marriage or even marriage to an animal. Both are unnatural! God did not create from the clay and breathe into that fashioned receptacle an asexual or sexless being (Gen.2:7). He made this abundantly clear when He later created a female as a companion to the male He had initially created (Gen. 2:18, 21-25). Yes, occasionally someone is born anatomically incomplete, but this is not the norm and is rare. This is not what God intended from the beginning (Gen. 1:27).

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, is now pushing a “genderless” society under the guise of “pronoun etiquette.” Each employee’s new name badge now includes name, title and “preferred” pronoun (He/Him/His; She/Her/Hers; Ze/Zir/Zirs). That last bit of German sounding nonsense is for those who are gender-confused or “transgendered.” There is also a small stick figure on the badge clothed in half of a dress. The purpose of all this is to make the university community seem accepting of the sexually aberrant (Isaiah 5:20-21).

In the last fifty years, American society has had the homosexual agenda forced upon it by social engineers on the cultural Left. It all began with the legitimization of homosexual behavior by the media. These sad sexual deviants were portrayed as victims who must be protected as are racial minorities. And now we have homosexual marriage and Human Rights Commissions to punish those who stray from political correctness. In the last year, the administration of President Obama has begun to force institutions taking federal funds, such as schools, to provide restrooms and locker rooms for those who "feel" they are not what they appear to be biologically – male or female. What a farce of human decency and common sense!

How did this happen? How did our culture get turned upside down? Men and women have forgotten God and His word. The Gospel of Christ raises culture up from barbarity and animal passions. But when God and His word are taken out of the equation, a moral and ethical vacuum ensues which depravity fills. “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions….And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Rom.1:26,28 – Emphasis mine).

Has God turned our once decent, God-fearing nation over to "vile passions" and a depraved mindset? What is the answer to this predicament Americans find themselves in this Year of our Lord 2016? The answer is restoration - restoration of our self and our nation to God and His ways. Have you been restored to your Creator, the one who made you in His image? (Psa. 23:3). Roelf L. Ruffner

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets