From Jim O'Brien
April 15, 2016

Hi Friend,

From The Beginning...

Every generation is different than the one preceding so it should be no surprise that the generation known as the Millennials-those born between 1980 and 2000-have a different worldview than their predecessors. Even so, this may be the most significant shift in generational values in such a short period of time that the world has witnessed.

Millennials accept a lifestyle that their grandparents, and even their parents, understood to be destructive. They accept homosexuality as a healthy lifestyle-in spite of glaring evidence to the contrary. They are blasé about debt, both personal and national. They believe global warming is more threatening to civilization than the absence of character in either politicians or the common man.

Nine men on the Supreme Court forced America to change our view on the most basic issue of all in 1973-life itself. It wasn't just abortion-abortions were being performed regularly before then. They decreed that our concept of life should change. If these men could say that a baby in the womb should not be viewed as a human, what can they say about the infirm, the elderly or a child with Down's Syndrome?

The educational system followed suit by indoctrinating the Millennials at school with concepts that were diametrically opposed to the values of the grandparents. People congregate at family reunions and church events content to advertise their sexual diversity, seemingly unaware that their family could not exist if their grandparents had been homosexual. And they are blissfully ignorant of biblical teachings against many of the values held dear by the majority of Millennials.

Many Millennials believe a man should be allowed to use a women's restroom or shower in the women's locker room if he declares himself to be female. His genitalia should not determine his sex. I have no doubt that my grandfather, who raised cattle and sheep, had a completely different worldview than the Millennials.

It is important that the Bible begins with the statement, "In the beginning.... (Gen. 1:1). It tells us the structure of the world from creation. When Jesus was asked a question about a complex social issue of His day He responded, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female?'" (Matt. 19:4).

The writers of the New Testament Epistles frequently urged the 1st Century Christians to return to the original values. John wrote, "As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. (1 John 2:4)

Peter goes even further when he warns Christians that there is a sin for which God will punish them as He did Sodom and Gomorrah. He writes, "This [coming punishment] is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority." (2 Peter 2:6) At first blush one may assume that Peter is warning against despising the authority of leaders in the local congregation or even the secular government. But his words are in the context of Sodom and Gomorrah, thus the connection to the sin of homosexuality.

Peter seems to equate homosexuality with rejecting the authority of God. From the beginning God made them male and female and commanded that they should multiply. Schools and educators who teach that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle have rejected the authority of the Creator who made life.

The intent of the Prophets of the Old Testament as well as the writers of the New Testament is for man to return to the beginning principles. If one believes in the God of the Bible he should respect the structure of creation.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien