So yesterday, a Christian elementary school was attacked by a clearly deranged transsexual criminal - in this case, a woman identifying as a man. Three children and three adults were murdered before the offender was herself dispatched to her eternal "reward" (which, one fears, may involve a great deal of heat and not very much light at all).
I don't intend to get into the debate over whether to refer to the shooter as "him" or "her". As far as I'm concerned (and as I've said in these pages several times before), the chromosomes have it. Was the shooter XX or XY? That settles once and for all, definitively and incontrovertibly, whether he/she/it was male or female. End of argument, end of discussion. Those who wish to distinguish "gender" from "sex" can pontificate to their hearts' content. Their opinions won't change biological and medical facts.
As a pastor and a man of faith, I must simply point out that evil remains among us, as it has since the dawn of time and as it will until the end of time. What happened yesterday was evil, pure and simple. Whether the shooter was an evil person, or whether evil influenced or took her over in some way, is irrelevant at this point. The deed, and its outcome, can't be described as anything but evil, and her participation was an act of evil. If there be forgiveness for her - if forgiveness is even possible for such unspeakable evil - then give thanks for God's mercy, and for the fact that He understands far better than ourselves what lies in the hearts of men (and women). That's His decision. (Yes, I'm capitalizing God's title and pronouns. I'm the traditional sort, and this is my blog. Live with it.) Since I'm going to be in dire need of God's mercy for my own sins, I won't seek to deny it to anyone else for theirs, no matter how sickened and horrified I may be by what they did.
When I see transsexual advocates actively proclaiming, promoting and participating in morally evil acts - not restricted to school shootings, but including exposing children to drag queen shows and other morally questionable influences, and demanding that the rest of us not only tolerate, but actually approve of such derangement - then it's very hard not to paint that entire section of society as evil in itself. I know there are many in that section who are deranged, not able to understand good and/or evil and unable to see how the latter has influenced them; but that doesn't change the objective truth of their actions. They are denying reality. They are insisting that reality is what they say it is, rather than what it objectively is. That's a lie from start to finish. A well-known tweet hilariously exposes that reality.
No amount of opining will change reality. No amount of psychological or psychiatric fixation will change human chromosomes.
As a person of faith, I believe that yesterday's school shooting in Tennessee was not only an act of evil in itself: it was also the inevitable result of allowing inaccurate, untrue, deviant perspectives and "woke" opinions to deny and defy reality. If one does that for long enough, eventually (I believe) one becomes mentally, spiritually and morally divorced from reality . . . with the result we saw yesterday.
If that opinion be politically incorrect, so be it. I'm far from alone in holding it. Indeed, some go considerably further than I do. It's morally wrong to tar all transgender individuals with the same brush, I know . . . but in the light of yesterday's horror, it's entirely understandable that some do.
Let's hope and pray that such reactions don't spill over into violence in their turn. Our society is sick enough as it is without returning evil for evil.