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This one is hard for me to understand. It may well be that I am just getting old and out of touch (something many of you often accuse me of). Not long ago I was having a discussion with a friend about an article that was discussing the recent addition of “T” for “Transgender” to the abbreviation “GLB” (Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual), after the addition making the total 4 letters, I wondered when the growing letter list might reach it limit. The answer is: not yet. Yesterday I read this: “If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation.” And so these students have coined a comically cumbersome new acronym: LGBTQIA. The “Q” is for “Questioning or Queer”, the “I” for “Intersex” and the “A” is for “Ally”. Anyone want to venture a guess on what the next letter will be? You can be sure there will be more.
Particularly in America (and Western Civilization in general) we value multiculturalism, tolerance and inclusion. As humans in general we want to be accepted for who we are and what we value. When we experience the pain of alienation because of our values and choices it hurts. But I wonder where or if it ever ends. Are there any limits to what we celebrate in the area of sex and sexuality and if so who determines that limit?
As I look at my life some of the best things I have learned have come at the expense of pain. In fact as I read the Bible God seems to have no trouble in telling us that the pain that comes from correction is a GOOD thing (Heb. 12:6; Prov. 15:5; 1Cor. 11:32). Looking at the Bible, it’s when our personal agendas and values conflict with Gods that we often experience that corrective pain. I believe that for all the benefits of achieving a more tolerant culture it has come at the expense of believing that there are GOOD limits to personal agendas and behaviors.
As I ponder the growing number of letters (GLBTQIA…), I wonder what poor group might be offend that it has not yet been recognized.. The fact that the list is growing illustrates this odd reality: we all want to be celebrated for our individuality, everyone wants to have a letter on the list that represents themselves but in the process we find out that everyone else wants the same thing – making us no different from anyone else. At some point all the letters you add become nonsense, rather than representing an “alternative” the list ends up represents “everyone”. The sum total of all the letters equals NOTHING unique, because it covers everyone.
Some questions for you:
1. The article sites that there are a number of College campuses where there are clubs that support “LGBTQIA” lifestyles. Where if ever do you see young people today celebrating and promoting traditional male/female roles and relationships?
2. Why not add at “S” for Straight to the list if the goal is acceptance of all lifestyles?
3. When you have conversions with others about limits of social and personal behavior, how can you help others consider coming to a place where they believe that God should have the final say in those matters?