Mike LeMay is taking some time off. Today, David Firoazo and Crash Connell talk with special guest, Anna Kitko first began in the Apologetics field witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and Christian Scientists. She now has three university degrees in the field and a Masters of Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. She is a member of the International Cultic Studies Association and is both Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and Chapter Director at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and also Ratio Christi’s Cults and New Religions Specialist.
For those who haven’t heard, June is Gay Pride month. The LGBTQ+ community and their allies are out in full force in American culture in the hopes of making converts to moral relativism and justifying unbilical lifestyles. From rainbow flags outside buildings across social media to multicolored decorations adorning your favorite shops and brands, it seems that the majority of Americans are celebrating. This may appear to be so but it is not true!
As the vocal minority celebrates, how should a Christian respond to Pride month? How can we present truth in love and with grace without offending? That’s a tall order, but we must obey God rather than man. We must prepare Christians to defend the faith and to speak truth. Ultimately, we want to build bridges to share the Gospel, not win arguments. When we are both compassionate and rational, our approach tends to be more thoughtful.
We need to understand modern perversions of words such as: diversity, equality, inclusive, tolerant, nonjudgmental, etc. This year, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in NY when violent demonstrations erupted in reaction to police raids on gay bars. The gay community has been successful ever since to bring national attention to the LBGT+ community.
College campuses have become bastions of LGBT+ support and today, Christianity is quite unwelcome. Intolerant? Yes, but liberal professors outnumber conservative professors 12-1, and over 70% of ‘Christian’ youth abandon their faith after just one year at a secular university. Where the LGBTQ+ is concerned, Campus Pride events urge students to, “Take action against religion-based bigotry.” For too long, Christians have abandoned the university to this thinking.
A few of the Questions we asked our guest, Anna Kitko:
- What do people mean when we hear “LGBT+”?
- How can Christians approach this neglected topic within the church?
- What is it about understanding the heart, and the nature of sin that many Christians are missing?
- There are many cases of men and women that have come out of LGBTQ lifestyles; are they being silenced?
- How does Transgenderism differ from Homosexuality in this context?
- Where do you suspect we will be on this issue in the next 10 years or so?
- What can people do right now to better address these issues and prepare Christian youth to respond to the LGBT community in a way that is Christ-centered and proactive?
A Christian response to Pride month – by Dr. Corey Miller, President and CEO of Ratio Christi
Christians are commanded to communicate truth in love. We hope that through doing so we will see Christ, who is Truth and Love. The Gospel message has the power to transform the lives of students and faculty on campuses and subsequently change the world. As goes the university, so goes the culture.
As thousands are coming out of LGBTQ lifestyles, thousands more are being programmed into it. Indoctrinated by the usual culprits, more money is flowing in from corporate America now than ever before. It’s not just Hollywood, government, and the liberal media, don’t forget public schools and the work of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. GLSEN provides training and resources to LGBTQ activists on school campuses and in politics.
SIDE NOTE: Friday, Jun 14, 2019 we’ll rebroadcast an archived Q&A Friday, no new podcast.