I honestly, genuinely love critics of Applied Faith. If you are a critic of my blog, I consider the opportunity to have you here a Divine appointment. If we don’t meet together in some forum and have an honest conversation about issues, we will likely miss the opportunity to understand a point that God would have us to understand. It takes courage for a critic to step up and engage in thoughtful, respectful, substantive debate on a blog-site that differs from their position. Thanks for having the guts to step up and allow your position to be challenged. You really should know, however, that you are on a blog-site designed for discipleship of Christians.
A prior article on Applied Faith addressed the danger of using the names behind the commonly used term “LGBTQ”. The impetus of the article was a statement by the American College of Pediatricians regarding surgical mutilation and application of so-called hormone therapies to address gender dysphoria. The article expresses an integrative stance, as well as political analysis of the LGBTQ advocacy industry. I want to make a few points clearer:
- The American College of Pediatricians is a group that is well known to be conservative in political viewpoint. Because of great professional peril for any academic or medical professional who fails to toe the political line, the ACP is a smaller group of about 200 members who have the courage of their convictions.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics is a health professionals, as well as left-wing, advocacy group of about 62,000 members. They advocate for many general health issues. They also advocate for liberal causes such as gun-banning and the LGBTQ advocacy industry.
- The point of my article was not to provide an in-depth analysis of associations of medical professionals. The point of the article was that the LGBTQ advocacy industry has been wrong in their positions on same sex sttraction (SSA) for the past 43-years, and they are doing tremendous damage to a population they purport to help.
Before attacking AppliedFaith.org, it would be worthwhile for critics to understand what they are actually reading. I HIGHLY encourage folks, particularly critics, to read the postings on the menu line. About – Purpose – Critics Corner… all of these are posted to make absolutely clear what these articles and positions are about.
This is a blog site dedicated to advancing the cause of Christ with perspective and analysis of 21st century life in context with God’s Word. As a convicted Christian who was blessed with the opportunity to study my faith in depth, I desire to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19 – to…
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
This site is a labor of love. I love God, even though loving Him is a guarantee that there will be hardships and unbelievers will not understand. I expect to be as offensive as some find the gospel offensive. Love has to be tough sometimes… I wish it weren’t so, but it is. You may lose perspective in the passion of a comment, and while I can take anything a critic dishes out, I won’t subject every reader of an article to the abuse that is aimed at me.
When I write, I write as an expression of love to God and His people, helping to put a biblical perspective in context with the 21st century. Everything Jesus did on this earth was centered in love. His Greatest Commandment spells out specifically what that means to His followers in Matthew 22:
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
What this site is about is clear. Now, let’s cover 3 things it is NOT about:
- Advancing causes against God or His stated will in the Bible
- Giving the world a forum for peddling the positions of special interest groups who are not aligned with the cause of Christ
- Giving a forum for personal attacks
If you feel the need to attack this blog, you very well may be feeling the Holy Spirit convict you of thinking or living outside the desire of God spelled out in His Word:
Romans 2:14 “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.”
To critics, I want to say that I am glad you are here. As an agnostic for 25 years, raised by life-long agnostics, I didn’t realize that my frustration toward Christians was actually because of God working in my heart to change me. I also want to say that you are invited to stay, read and comment in the correct space, designed with you in mind. If you can stay substantive and discuss an article without personal attacks or veering way off-topic, please feel free to comment. If you feel the need to make personal attacks, use foul language or are just too off-the-wall, I will probably moderate your comment and hope that you will try again in Critic’s Corner.
Thanks for being a reader, even if you are critical of what I have to say.