There’s no straightforward approach to say this, so I’m simply going to inform you straight: you’re doing the satan’s work.
By inserting your self into ladies’s collegiate swimming, you might have “reveled in…deceptions” and “loved gain from wrongdoing” (2 Pet 13-15).
Many pundits of sports activities and politics alike have criticized your transition from the UPenn males’s swim group to the ladies’s, railing in regards to the unfairness of males in ladies’s sports activities and the dubiousness of gender id generally. And they’re proper. Men competing in opposition to ladies is unfair, and gender id is a bunch of hogwash.
However, few have dared to the touch on the actual downside at play, and with good purpose. Because the issue has to do with God.
Too many in liberal media are militant atheists, in order that they’re not going to say Him, and too many in conservative media have been neutered into retaining silent about their religion.
I used to be as soon as among the many latter. But not anymore. It’s time to confess the reality: males posing as ladies is a gross violation of God and His creation.
Not the anodyne God beloved of the “spiritual but not religious.” I imply the God of the Bible. You know, the One Who issued a regulation and advised you to not sin. That One.
Well, Will, you and your enablers have intentionally violated a number of of God’s legal guidelines.
Let’s begin with mendacity. You will not be a lady, and your title shouldn’t be Lia. It’s Will. You are a person, made within the picture and likeness of God Himself (Gen 1:26). Indeed, you have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps 139:14). And as a person, you might have been given a pure aggressive intuition that may usually serve you properly as you search to outperform adversaries in pursuit of a mate. That intuition, mixed with bodily energy and endurance, turns some males into athletes, athletes who wish to win. But your aggressive edge has turn into so disordered that you just don’t really wish to compete, you simply wish to “win.”
Some would possibly even name that sloth.
Deep down, you realize you don’t belong competing in opposition to ladies. That’s why you might have paraded about bare within the ladies’s locker room, placing your member on full show for any who would dare to problem you. “You like doing laps, sweetheart? Well, lap this,” you appear to say.
Your coach, Mike Schnur, additionally shares culpability right here. His drive to win has turn into so equally pathological that he chooses low-cost wins over the very ladies he signed as much as coach. He has used them and betrayed their belief.
And these identical ladies, in addition to these on opposing groups, are the rightful rivals. Every victory you win, you might have stolen from one among them. That’s proper, stolen. That pesky Commandment in opposition to stealing? You’re violating that one too.
Sin is ugly, Will. And it has disastrous penalties. Pride is the deadliest of sins as a result of it makes us assume we all know higher than God does. It encourages us to chop corners and disrespect the sentiments of others as we chase our objectives. Pride has led you to abjure your individual manhood and maybe completely injury your in any other case wholesome physique, all for the short-lived “glory” of successful a ladies’s swim meet.
(I’d admit I’m stunned you haven’t recognized as a 13-year-old woman and actually taken over the file books, however I’m afraid of providing you with concepts.)
Pride led Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and thus banish themselves from Paradise. It even prompted Satan and different former angels to banish themselves eternally from heaven. Pride is really the supply of evil as a result of it convinces us that we’re our personal creators.
But we aren’t, Will. You and I and everybody else on this earth have been created by God. We don’t get to make our personal guidelines. We have solely the selection to obey or disobey God’s guidelines. And all too usually, we select to disobey. In competing in ladies’s swimming, you might have chosen to disobey.
But I’ve Good News for you. The finest, in truth. Our vulnerability to the allures of satisfaction and mendacity and stealing led to Christ’s demise and Resurrection. Since the Early Church, Christian philosophers have referred to the unique sin of Adam and Eve because the Felix Culpa, “the happy fall,” as a result of then God carried out His plan for our salvation. Sin by no means will get the ultimate phrase. God does.
You are free, Will. You have sinned up to now, however you may make a unique selection as we speak. You can start by falling in your knees and begging God for forgiveness. If you’re a baptized Catholic, I counsel you avail your self of the grace of the sacrament of Reconciliation. God is prepared and prepared to forgive you. He’s ready so that you can ask.
Then, you need to atone for what you’ve performed. You should apologize to your teammates, your loved ones, your mates and anybody else who has gone together with this charade as a result of they love you or as a result of they’ve been bullied into silence.
Admitting you have been mistaken is humbling. And that’s an excellent factor. Humility is the antidote to satisfaction. You can not think about the great love and peace that awaits you on the opposite aspect of those tough moments of introspection and penitence. God guarantees to offer us all a peace “which exceeds all understanding” (Phil 4:7), if we however ask for it.
You have the chance to embrace your masculinity and turn into a real protector of girls as soon as once more, to cease competing in opposition to ladies swimmers and to start out combating for his or her rights as a substitute.
Follow God, Will. It’s time to refuse the low hanging fruit of beating up on women.
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