Biblical Audio Commentary – A Different Perspective (As Usual)
For those who listen to or read me regularly, you know that I often have a different take on things, whether from the Scriptures or in observing our culture. Not to disappoint, here I am with another such assessment.
The news last week was all about the woman identifying as a trans-man and how she went on a shooting rampage at a Christian school. The media inevitably downplayed the fact that she was the aggressor and responsible for this horrific incident; rather placed the blame on Christianity because – of course – Christians are so right-wing, intolerant, and dangerous, that people like Audrey Hale have no choice but to arm themselves and strike first. That’s so ridiculous there’s no point in spilling any ink over that meme. What I want to discuss is this whole concept of the Christian school, with Audrey having gone there for some part of her education.
The real issue at hand is the label “Christian.” Sad to say but we cannot take that at face value. I grew up in a “Christian” home. I’m thankful for the good values my parents instilled in me and the example they lived, which has doubtless impacted me in many positive ways throughout my life. However. (There’s always a “however” or “but” isn’t there?). However, my parents were Presbyterian, and that’s key to my comments today.
We went to church every week. My parents served in many church roles, from VBS and youth volunteers, to Deacon and Elder, even on a pastoral search committee. They were quite active over the years. What they weren’t is born-again.
Gary, how can you judge? None of us knows the heart of someone else and whether or not that person is saved. Only God knows.
Right. Except for the little concept of fruits. “You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16). Notice the plural. We could say that my parents were fruitful in God’s kingdom by all that they did in service to it. But (there’s that little word again), where were their hearts toward God, and how did they convey what they knew about Him to their children?
Was there ever any discussion about salvation found only in Christ alone? Was there ever any discipling based on God’s Word? Did we ever spend any time reading through the Bible together or exploring its spiritual aspects? Were we taught about sin and the great need every single one of us has to receive the sacrificial gift that Jesus gave us by hanging on the cross? No. And how could my parents relate all these ideas? The messages at church never focused on them. The sufficiency of Christ was never preached. My parents never learned these crucial doctrines.
Is it any wonder that neither I nor my siblings emerged from home as believers? I spent 54 years not knowing the one true God. My one sister is into New Age, my other sister is a total agnostic. My one brother goes to a woke church and has no understanding of salvation. He and his family are big supporters of CRT, however. My other brother is brain-damaged with the intellect of about a 6-year-old. My parents always took him to church, which he enjoyed. I don’t think he’d have a chance at heaven if it weren’t for his mental condition and God’s grace, but I believe he will see the Lord because of our merciful God.
All this to say that our upbringing in a Christian home in the Presbyterian tradition calls true faith into question.
Where this problem comes into play in this Commentary is that Covenant School, where Audrey Hale killed three children and three adults, is associated with Covenant Presbyterian Church. Based on my background, my question is: Did Audrey ever hear the true Gospel of Jesus Christ?
It appears that her parents didn’t do much to assist in her spiritual growth. Her mother – from various reports – was at least somewhat of a liberal, meaning there’s no way she had a true born-again faith with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I haven’t heard anything about her father, but he likely provided no true Christian influence. The reality is that the vast majority of liberals/progressives don’t know Jesus as Lord and have no Godly wisdom or discernment, and they certainly don’t know the truth of God. They can’t; otherwise, they wouldn’t have that political persuasion and act against the interests of God in this world. Progressive Christians? Please. Someone who knows the Lord cannot support the Democrat Party with its anti-God stance.
I’m not at all saying that Republicans are much better these days; at least most who label themselves conservative aren’t God haters. Also, given the state of the world and the stark apostasy in the church from the Left and the Right perspectives, those who actually know Jesus and could be considered part of the Bride of Christ are few in number.
Did Audrey Hale have anything going for her that could have changed the trajectory of her life? Probably not. Every possible Godly influence was missing. Parents that don’t know the Lord. A church and school background that likely did little to prepare her to come to grips with the sin that encroached upon her life. In fact, I’d wager that the Presbyterian community around her was active in social justice and other worldly issues that devolved into her thinking it was a good idea to be a trans person. In a situation like this, the other, unseen factor is how this lack of Biblical preparedness probably opened the door to demonic influences. Sin and the embrace of it tends to do that. It allows a direct access to one’s mind by demons intent on causing someone created in God’s image to totally reject Him. Audrey Hale never had a chance.
Of course, none of this will ever be discussed rationally by the world media. Unfortunately, the church will never see itself as complicit either. That’s’ the greatest tragedy. It’s the church which should be providing Godly context for life so that the parents can teach their children. When that is absent, all bets are off.
That’s just what we see happening in the world. It’s why judgment must come, and it will begin in the House of the Lord. I think that those pastors, priests, and others who are leading the church and its people to hell will soon learn how badly they’ve misjudged the character of God.
The world is a mess right now and will continue its downhill slide. The true church, which should be a light in this darkness, is nowhere to be found. Anyone who thinks this world has years and generations to go until Jesus returns is only fooling himself.
His appearing in the clouds for His beloved bride is right around the corner.