There’s a Bob Dylan song from 1964… “The Times They are a Changin’.” Here is the link if you want to hear it as Dylan sang in 1964. It’s prophetic in some ways though not how Dylan thought it would be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qQ6_RV4VQ
You may have seen this article from the ‘RI Council of Churches’ in Pro Jo that I received from a friend and fellow minister in RI. I was shocked at first but then realized that I should not have been. The RI Council of Churches may sound like a collective voice for the RI churches, but it is anything but. This was the original email sent to my friend and nearly the same in Pro Jo:
“These are busy days in the life of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. The council is actively working on helping the faith community deal with a wide variety of issues including housing discrimination, homelessness, advanced care, racism and gender identity and expression. We are especially looking forward to our Annual Heroes of Faith Awards Breakfast on November 1, 2018 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
I am also happy to share with you that after 11 years of service, our Executive Minister the Rev. Dr. Don Anderson has been granted a three month sabbatical starting on June 1, 2018. Last fall Dr. Anderson shared with the Governing Board that she is transgender and in the process of transitioning. This sabbatical will afford Dr. Anderson the opportunity to do that free of the day to day operations of the council. During the sabbatical Dr. Anderson will be changing her name from Donald to Donnie. The council is appreciative of Dr. Anderson’s ministry and totally supportive of her transition. Please join us in wishing her well in this time of transition. We look forward to welcoming the Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson back from her sabbatical in September.
To be sure, the ‘Times are Changing’ but… ‘For the Better?’ In this regard, I think not! For the life of me I cannot figure how Having your sex altered from how God created you qualifies for the councils… “Hero of Faith Award”.
There is a battle, and as Dylan laments, ‘cultural windows and walls are shaking’. But we dare not ‘STALL’ as Dylan warns or we could lose the next generation. No matter how the ‘TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ it does not represent in any way your values or your understanding of how God created us. The Scriptures are very clear and Jesus validated this truth…
“He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…” Matthew 19:4 (ESV)
Please pray for Rhode Island that this Transgender Movement orchestrated in large by this liberal RI Council of Churches & Planned Parenthood & our Governor would be seen for what it is… a lie to steal the next generation away from Christ. Don’t be afraid to stand for TRUTH and continue to PRAY for a Rhode Island where…
God is Honored + Families Thrive + Religious Freedom Flourishes + and Life is Cherished