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My Truth

Recently the Governor of New Jersey admitted that he is a homosexual. Well there is not much new in reporting that, as a great number have fallen prey to the “lusts of the flesh” in its many forms. But there was some new in how he accomplished his coming out party. He scheduled a press conference ostensibly to address some charges that were being leveled at him and also to address possible grand jury indictments, news of which had just been made public. You may have seen part of his press conference on the evening news. However, at that press conference he chose rather to make the announcement concerning his sexual preferences instead of refuting or addressing the charges or their ramifications to him, to his family or to the citizens of that state. He started by saying, “My truth is that I am a gay American.” From that point onward he simply ignored the charges and sought to justify his dalliances, all the while with his wife dutifully supportive at his side.

Mark Steyn of the National Review had this to say upon hearing the report: “My truth is that I am a gay American…” Thats such an exquisitely contemporary formulation: “my truth. Once upon a time, there was only “the truth. Now everyone gets his own — or, as the governor put it, “One has to look deeply into the mirror of ones soul and decide ones unique truth in the world. For Jim McGreevey, his truth is that hes a gay American; for others in the Garden State, the truth about McGreevey is that hes a corrupt sexual harasser who put his lover on the state payroll in a critical homeland security post, and whose I-am-what-I-am confessional is a tactical feint that distracts the media sob sisters from the fact that, as his final service to the Democrat Party, hes resigned in such a way as to deny the people an early vote on his successor. We’ll see whose truth prevails in the fullness of time.”

Governor McGreeveys last day in office was just prior to Thanksgiving, and it now turns out that while awaiting disposition of the legal issues he may fill his time as a gay rights advocate. Let me see if I can follow the twists and turns here. Mr. McGreevey installed his male lover as the head of New Jerseys Home Land Security Department, a position which the man apparently had neither qualification for nor interest in (although such things are themselves also not new). He then assured that the perquisites of the office were applied in more than full. When his paramours elevation and the deception came under scrutiny, he attempted some not so subtle forms of subterfuge and when finally caught made the above mentioned announcement. At this point he refused to resign though clearly compromised and intentionally waited until after the deadline for candidacy filings so that he could guarantee the partisan appointment of a successor (there is no lieutenant governor). This had the effect of robbing the electorate of any legitimate opportunity to select a successor as Mr. Steyn noted. Upon these triumphs of leadership and character he is now tapped to become an advocate for gay rights.

So what else? In light of these things, I think that he should make an excellent gay rights advocate. Who wouldnt want a guy like this behind a “civil rights” movement? Not only is he politically corrupt, he is also morally bankrupt and so ought to fit right in. He is perfect for a movement founded upon attempting to legitimize behaviors that are in fact and indeed inappropriate, disgusting, immoral, and debilitating.

Now Im in part sympathetic to folks that get caught up in these types of bad behaviors and I pray for their deliverance out of the mire made through their own poor choices; and I may be dumb, but Im not stupid, and I know that bad is not good and that bad choices do not make for good. The Bible tells me that this type of behavior is to be avoided and that to partake of such things is sin. Further, anyone who calls themselves a Christian and says otherwise is either ignorant of the word of God, is willfully against what God, Christ and his chosen ambassadors and respondents have said (that is called rebellion isnt it?), or is not really a Christian at all, but rather someone who fancies that they are godly when in fact they themselves, like Jim McGreevey, are contrary to all that the word of God has to say concerning reason, morality and godliness.

You see a self supplied “my truth” isnt necessarily truth at all. It may simply be the arrogance of moral relativism at work. And just because I decide something is the rule of existence for me doesnt make it either useful or valuable. I believe that it was Oliver Wendell Holmes who once stated something like this: “truth is not a bubble, subject to disappear upon examination.”

You know there are some folks around who believe that they have been abducted by aliens. That I suppose is their truth. In times past it was common to believe that the earth was flat and that it was anchored by four posts upon the back of a giant sea turtle. That was the truth of the day then but it didnt change the facts, now did it? I met a fellow a few years ago who believed that he was a prophet of Melchizedek – did his believing it make it so? Quackery and insanity are around and sometimes not so easy to spot, and to add to things we may now each have our own truth to guide by.

Lets keep this simple. I know some folks whose truth is that they believe they are competent at what they do and yet they can barely get to the job or do the work when they do manage to get there. I once hired a fellow who really believed that he was a top gun until I informed him that in his first year he had never managed to work a single full week, and that he took days (not hours) longer than some of his fellows to do similar things. Some folks think that any sort of behavior is just fine as long as you remain conscious and no one is left bleeding when things are concluded. You see, as Mr. Steyn rightly noted “my” or “your” truth has nothing at all to do with it – “the” truth is what matters.

God condemns both those who refuse to hear, and those who hear and yet wont do his will. He also condemns bad behaviors of all types and descriptions – including all of the mentioned deeds of Governor McGreevey both personal and public. That is “the truth.”