Pastor responds to Tribune article

To the editor:

I am disappointed that The Tribune published a feature with a full-color picture of a man wearing a dress.

As a father, I have a duty to curate what my children consume. I’ve been thankful to live in a place that generally hasn’t gone the way of so many places in our country, which not only permit such public acts of indecency but also celebrate them.

Months ago, I chuckled at the satire piece about the next Jackson County Fair queen, thinking that would surely not happen here. And yet, now I’m thinking that writer may have known more than what I originally thought. I expect the public news outlets of Jackson County to do a better job of putting content on the front page that won’t scandalize the young. Do better, dear editor.

To the Christians in Jackson County, I stand with you. Your outrage and disappointment about this feature are justified. The article played fast and loose with identity politics, ignoring the way God fearfully and wonderfully made each of us. I have heard the argument that God doesn’t make any mistakes when it comes to the so-called gender spectrum and sexual orientation, but that mask has completely fallen off.

Apparently, many sexual revolutionaries believe God has made mistakes, but those mistakes can be corrected by simply “coming out” as a woman by declaration or with the aid of pharmaceuticals, scalpels and those who have exchanged the truth for a lie. God created each one of us in his image, male and female. This isn’t malleable.

We no longer have the luxury of turning our heads, ignoring the wider culture and saying, “It won’t happen here.” It is here — the sexual revolution that wants to destroy the distinction between men and women and recruit our young for the revolution. The more we we remain silent, the more emboldened the adversaries of truth and sanity become.

A bully’s power only grows when good men say nothing. I, for one, will stand up and say that the publication and celebration of drag culture and the sexual revolution is wrong. To the Christian reader who saw it and was afraid to stand up, I’m standing up with you and for you.

As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great writer and critic of the Soviet Union’s attempt to exercise power over individual thought and conscience once wrote, “Live not by lies.” Don’t give in. Stick together. We need each other now more than ever.

It goes against the grain for me to leave a note on such a dour note, so I’ll recall to your mind the words of Jesus for when the times begin to worsen: “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). We are nearer now to salvation than ever before.

The Rev. Jordan McKinley