From Jim O'Brien
May 06, 2016

Hi Friend,

The World Before ME

In a month another grandchild will join the family-which already includes two brothers-in the world as yet unknown to her. The two-year-old looked at mommy's tummy and asked how the baby was going to come out of her belly button. Mom explained that babies don't come out that way, which prompted the 4-year-old to ask, "How does the baby get out?" This led to a discussion of the anatomical differences between boys and girls.

The discussion was simple, truthful and it made sense to two little boys as they develop their sexual identity. It is one of the most basic concepts of identity that a child can grasp. It has everything to do with anatomy and DNA and nothing to do with what a person thinks they are or wishes they could be.

It seems odd that a 4-year-old can understand this concept when it eludes the courts, Disney World, Intel Corporation, Target and a plethora of celebrities.

Good parents teach their children from birth to adapt to the world that exists rather than changing the structure of the universe into which they were born. That's why we don't drink cyanide and expect it to be a health tonic. It would have killed Adam and it will kill humans in the 21st century. We learn to live by the rules that exist.

There once was a man named Job who suffered for a reason that was hidden from him. He complained to God as well as to several friends. Lest you think I'm callous, my sympathies are with Job. I would have complained, too, probably more than he.

The time came when God, who loved Job, and listened to his complaints, responded. God asked Job, "Who is this that...[speaks] words without knowledge?" (Job 38:2 NIV) It's a nice way of saying that "You don't know what you're talking about." I suspect God would say at least that to the transgender supporters today.

Then God asks, "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me if you understand (verse 4). He continues in verse 21, "Surely you know for you were already born! You have lived for so many years!"

Job epitomizes human beings who act and speak as if we created the world. We believe the universe should conform to manmade laws rather than making laws that conform to the structure of the universe.

Man is terribly arrogant. Has there ever been a more narcissistic time? We believe we can change the world into our image rather than conforming to what was made.

Job learned a lesson that every human must eventually face. There was a world before me-and there will be a world after the narcissists are gone.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien