The month of June marks national LGBT Pride month, where remembering the Stonewall Riots of 1969 have blossomed into a month long celebration of progressing human sexuality. Most Christian thoughts and discussions will focus on the object of pride during this month; that is homosexuality, transgenderism, etc. But the PRIDE part should also take some consideration.
Earlier this month, a CrossFit gym in Indianapolis was heavily scrutinized for the actions taken by its owner. The owner cancelled a special workout for Indy Pride, giving the following explanation:
Our underlying goal for the staff and members at CrossFit Infiltrate and our other gyms CrossFit White River and University Ave CrossFit, is total health and well-being for the individual and the community. Total health involves the body, the emotions, relationships, and the spirit. At the foundational detractor from health, as we believe God sets the parameters for, is pride. We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our own values and beliefs.”
The backlash was the typical response by those in the LGBT community. Complete destruction: members quit, coaches quit, and ultimately the gym closed down. Although the gym owner tried to distance his decision on the pride event from its view of human sexuality, it didn’t stop the public from penalizing him and his business. Perhaps to them pride and one’s sexuality are one in the same; and I think they are right.
Although “pride” can sometimes mean an appropriate view of one’s self or accomplishments, the historic Greek, Roman, and Christian understanding of pride as arrogance and conceit is the way the Bible usually refers to it.
What is the “pride” that one is supposed to celebrate during Pride month? Is it an appropriate view of one’s self or accomplishments? The way our culture promotes “pride” is more close to arrogance.
From an outsider’s perspective, it appears Pride month glorifies a facet of pride that St. Gregory describes as:
when they boast of having what they have not, or despise others and wish to appear the exclusive possessors of what they have (Morals, XXIII)
It is only in recent times that homosexuality and transgenderism have become culturally acceptable lifestyles. The “Pride” the community embraces seems to be a pride they have for overturning traditional values and cultural norms. And they have not stopped there. They wish to impose their view on every facet of life in the Western world. In the minds of the LGBT community they (like Gregory warned) boast about having something that in reality they neither have, nor have exclusively.
It is this part of the LGBT movement that Christians have warned about and is the most concerning to those who wish to live out their beliefs faithfully and freely. The arrogance of the LGBT movement’s pride is the biggest danger to religious liberty in the United States. This is why Christians have been defending traditional views of human sexuality for decades.
Boasting of what they have not
What they claim to have is the new standard by which sexual matters ought to be understood. They claim to have a view of human sexuality that is right and moral. That view of human sexuality happens to be “do and be whatever you want”. Although it is simply an extension of our culture’s Emotivism (values and morals based on emotions) and secularization (rejecting religion and its traditions), the new sexual ethic is a virtual free for all where:
- Women can be men, and vice versa
- 10 year old drag kids are celebrated at NY Fashion Week
- Men can give birth and breastfeed
- Humans can have intimate relationships with animals
- Teens have a guide to anal sex
Just look at that list? These are grown adults promoting this kind of stuff (and probably the most well-educated and elite). The reality is that the LGBT community who boast of having the truth regarding human sexuality, claim to have what, in fact, they do not have. The correct view of human sexuality they claim to possess is an illusion; or more precisely, a delusion. Its a view that is rarely ever thoughtfully considered as to whether the rationale for it is logical or the outcome of it is detrimental.
Not only does the LGBT community not possess a true view of human sexuality (or any view, other than “do whatever you want”); from the evidence at hand, it appears obvious that their pride is described by Gregory accurately: “they despise others and wish to appear the exclusive possessors of what they have”. Not only does the LGBT community flaunt their sexual ethics and entice children to join their ranks, but they will stop at nothing to punish those that descent from the de facto sexual standards.
Let’s return to the CrossFit gym noted above. The gym happily served its homosexual customers. But because they chose not to wave their rainbow flags and bow down to the Indy Pride deity, their customers and employees punished the business to the point of extinction.
The same outcome was desired when a legal complaint against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Colorado, was brought about by homosexuals who were denied a wedding cake promoting their same-sex marriage. The cake shop would have made them any other item, or they could have taken their business elsewhere. But they despised anyone claiming to have a view different from their own. The only reason Jack Phillips won his case in the Supreme Court is because the Colorado Civil Rights commissioner was so offended by their Jack Phillip’s claim to an alternate view of human sexuality that the commissioner, in a legal setting, called Phillip’s religious convictions “one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use”.
In Canada, the Supreme Court upheld the right for various law societies to reject graduates of Trinity Western University, because they require students to abstain from sex outside of heterosexual marriage. Law student are now being nationally punished for not complying with the cultures exclusive possession of sexual ethics.
And in Ireland, state-sponsored hospitals and health professionals are being compelled to offer sex-change procedures (among other morally objectionable actions, like abortion and euthanasia) with the possibility of losing funding. Health careers are being ruined, or at least asking to compromise on religious beliefs, because the culture simply cannot live with other beliefs being valid.
The pride of the LGBT community is that they are the exclusive arbiters of sexuality. They alone decide how one should express their sexuality. All other views and promoters of other views are to be eradicated. Nothing else will do.
Pride goes before destruction
The biblical proverb warns:
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16.18)
The sin of pride that the Bible warns us about is rooted in a rejection of God and His ways. Holding militantly to a lie about human sexuality rejects God’s design for human sexuality. Boasting about being the exclusive possessors of an incorrect view of human sexuality is doubling down on a lie.
Thomas Aquinas remarks of pride like this:
“The root of pride is found to consist in man not being in some way subject to God and His rule.” (Summa, Question 162)
Essentially, pride speaks not the prayer that the Lord teaches us — “Thy will be done” — but rather, says, “My will be done”. Pride maintains our seat on the throne of our hearts, and leaves no room for anyone else. The very idea of a man or women in the 21st century submitting one’s self to an authority of any sort is anathema to cultural dogma. We are supposed to “be yourself” and “be proud” of who we are.
In our culture, we must be prepared to be punished and mocked for our submission to God. We must be prepared for the consequences. Pride month should be a reminder that your status as a Christian is both a minority and a reason for scorn and persecution that will only continue to grow.
But do not lose heart. Pride does come before destruction. The Lord will not be mocked. I pray that faithful Christians continue to fight for religious liberties, but be strengthened to endure whatever consequences we must face.