NEWS FROM THE CENTER FRIDAY DIGEST - November 18 2022 - Common Sense!

Common sense is no longer common. Such a thing is often said, but is it true, and if so, why? In Orwell's 1984, we are told that two plus two makes four, and that all else follows. Deny reality at your soul's peril and your body's as well. So, we must say that she is a he or they, or else. Why does the state demand such obedience? For if we are willing to say that he is a she or a they, then we belong not to ourselves but to them, not to God, but to them.

It's worth noting that in our circles we seem to have a difficulty with exhortation and wisdom. Saying it's just common sense, nothing special, nothing to do with the Gospel. But when we speak or whisper words of wisdom what we are doing is confessing the truth of the created order, confessing the God who created us through eternal Wisdom, that is His only begotten Son.

When we abandon wisdom, when we are no longer able or willing to speak simple truths, then we are denying that our lives have any inherent meaning, that our bodies have no inherent design. We are saying that God does not exist, that we are not made in His image, and as we deny the Wisdom from on high, so also do we deny the redemption that He has come to bring us. When we say that she is he or they, we end up denying even, if we speak in this way, the Gospel.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to deny wisdom is deny the One who was present with the Father before the mountains were shaped, before the fountains of the deep were established. Whoever finds Wisdom finds life, and the one who hates Wisdom loves death. This Wisdom is the life, but to deny it is to deny reality created and redeemed, and its end is what C.S. Lewis presciently called the abolition of man.

Make no mistake: Those who capitulate to the gender madness will surely die in the madness of folly. Wisdom is justified by her children, and her children are justified by the Wisdom that comes down from on high. And so our creed must include, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer is chairman and professor of Exegetical Theology and director of the M.A. program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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