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Dr. Jeff Bonzelaar

What is America coming to?

By June 6, 2016June 11th, 20167 Comments

trans_flag-2-1024x685“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens.

Never would I have imagined that my children would be at risk using a bathroom at school. A few weeks ago, the Obama administration issued a directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the facilities and locker rooms that match their “gender identity.”

Incredible. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

What is to rule out the sanctioning of polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality? You think I am overreacting? As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. After all, what could be more plain and obvious than a person’s anatomical structure by which to determine sexuality? Yet even the most basic category of maleness and femaleness is being denied. This defies all sense of civility, decency, and rationality. This is beyond bizarre.

We are living in evil days. We call good “bad,” and bad “good.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the Russian novelist warned, “If God does not exist, then everything is permitted.” We are seeing this firsthand.

Yet with the rising tide of wickedness, there is something worse that I fear. It is Christians bemoaning and criticizing the world for acting like the world. What else should we expect?

Even more, I fear Christians will lose sight of the wonder and glory of God’s kingdom. That we will get sidetracked. That our focus will be lost. And this will be even more tragic.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus announced that the reign of God was “at hand”—that it was right here, right now. Thus, his clarion call was to “Repent and believe the good news.”

“Reconsider your ways. Admit you have been wrong. Embrace the richness and abundance of God’s government for which you were made.”

Christ inaugurated God’s rule by defeating all the principalities and powers of darkness at the cross and the empty tomb. As he cared for the poor, healed the sick, freed prisoners, and reconciled enemies, he was reclaiming the created order according to its original design.

Beauty. Goodness. Well-being. Shalom.

His kingdom has come.

True, his kingdom has not fully infiltrated all sectors of society yet. It has not taken root in every domain. But his kingdom is at hand, working its way—slowly and oftentimes imperceptibly—through all the nooks and crannies of the universe, through all the structures and authorities in place.  

The world is not going to hell in a handbasket. Christ’s first coming is guarantee of this.

Knowing this keeps us sane in a country gone mad. More, it fortifies us to live with gladness and supernatural strength. It enables us to lay down our lives for the welfare of those outside his rule.

We must not allow the man-centered, anti-God atmosphere in which we are immersed to crowd out this vision. John Piper has it right: “I think we should spend most of our creative energies on constructing in our minds and in our hearts and in our families great and beautiful and glorious alternative visions of reality than the ones we are being offered by the world.”

While we weep over the massive degradation into which our culture has fallen, let us not grieve as those without hope. There is coming a day when the kingdoms of this world will be swallowed up by the kingdom of our God and the earth will be filled with the glory of God.

As we patiently wait for Christ’s second coming, living between the now and the not-yet, may a grateful, humble confidence empower us. God is in control working out all things for our good and his glory.


“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32).


  • Elaine says:

    I know quite a few trans people – beautiful and holy children of God who love and serve Jesus – who would agree with the rest of what you said here…just not the part bemoaning our growing cultural respect for people in all their diversity. That’s actually a good thing.

    I’m grateful, though, that you are more interested in pointing us to God’s beauty and grace than you are with condemning people. The meat of your message here is Gospel.

    Try opening to the Spirit regarding which people God considers “unclean” (hint: God already answered that in Peter’s vision). If the only think keeping you from recognizing the Spirit at work in a person is their gender identity not conforming to your expectation, then that expectation is an idol, I’m afraid.

    Many blessings on all the wonderful work you and your organization do for so many people. I pray with you for hope and healing for all.

    In Christ,

  • Cathy Patrick says:

    Thank you for addressing this subject in your newsletter. In the past two months, I have had three encounters with men in public restrooms designated for women. All three incidences were at different locations and in different cities. Although each individual had “reasons” (excuses) for being in the restrooms, non of which were transgender issues, their reasons did nothing to pacify the fear I had during the encounter. In one case, I was so shaken that I left the establishment.

    As you stated so well in your newsletter, It is important to remember that the world is not Christian and that we can not expect them to act as such. Although I realize that I can not live in fear, I also realize that I will need to be wise and take precautions as I navigate the perilous days ahead.

    “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matt. 10:16

  • Melba Drew says:

    Thanks, Jeff! Your message was so encouraging and reminds us again that God is not shaken by the evil that pervades every segment of our society. He is still on the throne, and He is always at work. We need to keep our eyes on Him, working to fulfill His purposes. I’m sharing your message with our missions board members this evening.

  • Dan Martin says:

    Once again pastor Jeff, a very timely and appropriate article” Thanks for every thing Friend”

  • Brenda Birdwell says:

    Thank you Pastor Jeff for your comforting words. Sometimes we lose sight of what our real purpose here on earth is and become so overwhelmed by what is going on in our country. We wish for the days of childhood when things seemed safe and people weren’t confused about how great our nation was, that there was a God, and families usually ate dinner together. I was just telling my sister that not to fear and be upset by this transgender thing going on, that it is foretold in the Bible that these things will happen, just to know like you have stated God in in control. I looked up at the sky this morning it was still blue, the birds were singing and the sun was shining, I thanked God for all his beauties, in the end nothing has changed with God, only people have changed. Wishing you many blessings. Brenda Birdwell

  • Jerry Stewart says:

    Jeff, not sure if you are aware but the Howell incident was with my grandson. My son and his wife pulled all three of their kids out of the school.

  • Dennis Cupery says:

    Thanks much for this article and it’s focus amidst what are very disturbing cultural trends. I had just read several articles on the “transgender” issue / movement, then read yours. It brought me into a better perspective.
    Thanks for your work!

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