As I write this, it is Pride week at Arizona State University. Tens of thousands of dollars (one knowledgeable alumni thought it might be up to $100,000) have been provided for speakers, events and publicity to help students understand that sex and gender in any possible expression is a good thing, especially, of course, same-sex gender expressions. Though all may not choose to live that way, every university student knows that they are all expected to be proud of such things.
But Pride week is just a small raindrop in a drenching downpour of influences that is shaping the internal realities of our culture, especially with our youth. As Christians, our Book tells us that “faith comes by hearing.” Ironically, there is a message that is heard continuously, with unparalleled clarity. And this message is about sex, and gender, morals and marriage. It tells us who we are in those profound, God-created categories. If it is true that God has so created human life that faith comes by hearing, then the ubiquitous presence of advertising, movies, social media, YouTube, education, peers and cultural icons make it hard to believe that young people can enter adulthood imprinted with anything other than the values of our world.
Yet those values lead to beliefs that lead to choices that lead to shattered lives. Consciences, bodies, relationships and futures are all raped and gutted by a way of life that knows no life. The consequences for our culture and for our children are dark and tragic.