Dude, winter is soooo gay. Which might mean it is a happy, bright, winter wonderland. It may also mean the weather is stupid, and over time has become so sporadic and unpredictable that it is hard to know whether to wear a jacket, shorts or both. It all depends on when you were born.
Growing up, this was the word my brother used when describing a situation that was ridiculous in nature and less favorable than expected. The word has changed in context at least four times since the 13th century. Defined originally in bright colored, happy, phlegmatic tones, later became a secret same sex relationship code. Check out the history of the word gay.
Today you must be careful of what you say. The word “gay” defined by same sex preferences has expanded expression in non-binary values. The discussion has deepened as two groups argue whether or not “sex” and “gender” are the same thing. “Sex is biological while gender is a spectrum of possibility transcending traditional western binary gender roles.” Gender is now described by how one self identifies. It is even considered acts of violence to refer to someone who self identifies with a pronoun contrary to how they may appear to you. PBS has another video that will explain more completely.
When I read Revelation 21, I am always brought to tears by the thought that there will be no more tears. Jenna Bush Hager reads from this chapter as she delivers the second reading at George H.W. Bush’s funeral. When we skip to 1:49:33 of the funeral service you will notice she reads verses one through seven and skips verse eight. It Makes sense because the service was upwards of four hours long. At the same time, although biblical truth, I have always been alarmed by verse eight and would never read it at a funeral. It is a list of second death candidates.
So what does word gay, non-binary personal pronouns and the 41st president’s funeral have to do with each other? Not sure, but whether you are gay, a he, a she, non-binary, or a president, your identity cannot be rooted and grounded in the things of the first heaven and the first earth in verse 1, because they will all pass away shortly. One person says, I’m an alcoholic, a nobody, a lawyer, doctor, indian chief. The other says, “I’m not smart enough,” “I’m afraid,” “I’m an addict,” “It’s just who I am.” The One who created you says you are more than that. It's just hard to believe when our feelings tell us otherwise day after day after day.
Verse seven says that IF we are overcomers we can inherit the new heaven and new earth. When I used to read verse seven and eight, I would shudder because we are all profoundly qualified candidates for the second death. There was a sense of burden to “overcome” on my own, to try and change things about ourselves that are so ingrained, it is as if we were born that way.
What is your title? How do you identify yourself? How does society identify you? Do you believe what they are saying? Names change over time, titles come and go, Christ says you are meant to be children of God. There is not a better name or title than this. The Bible says my old identity is crucified with Christ and yet I live, not I but Christ who lives within me. If we identify with Christ in His death, we will have His life too. Not only on resurrection morning when George H.W. Bush will rise (relax), but today. Being alive in Christ means identifying with Him daily, it is also a golden opportunity to tell someone else the Good News. Would you like that today?