“Dearly loved friends, I have been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share.  But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the truth of the Good News.  God gave this unchanging truth once for all time to His holy people.”  [Jude 3]

For twenty-five years now, I have nearly every month written a newsletter article.  Almost all that time, the lead line has been “It Takes Grace…” because, well, ‘it’ does take grace, whatever the ‘it’ in life is for that month.  Sometimes, though, I’ve thought about changing the by-line to “Huh?!” or maybe “Reflections of a Weird World.”  But then, it just keeps coming back to the fact that with everything going on around us, it certainly does take grace – and aren’t we blessed to receive every grace necessary for our lives?

Like this month, I’ve been trying to make sense in my own head over “bathroom bills.”  I’ve got more questions about all this than there is space allotted to a newsletter article.  I understand that my idea of common sense isn’t everyone’s idea of common sense, so I’ll just leave that part of it alone.

I am, though, intrigued by the whole boycott aspect.  Last month, Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in North Carolina to protest the state’s so-called “bathroom bill.”  He said he wants to join the “fight against prejudice and bigotry.”  He claims that cancelling his concert is the strongest way he can raise his voice “in opposition to those who continue to push us backward instead of forward.”  Really? I wonder then, why Bruce is still planning a summer tour that includes Italy, or why he doesn’t drop his contract with the Sony recording label, which does business in Russia, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the UAE - all places where same-sex marriage, and in some places where homosexuality, is illegal?  Maybe that was yesterday’s prejudice and bigotry issue and this month has moved on to the transgender battle?

Bryan Adams cancelled a mid-April concert in Mississippi because of their LGBTQ laws, but just a few weeks earlier he played in Egypt, where homosexuals face persecution daily - and the same for his concerts in Syria, Qatar, and the UAE.

Starbucks has officially asked the governor of North Carolina to repeal its “bathroom bill.”  Did you know Starbucks revenues for the fourth quarter in China and the Pacific Rim were more than $650 million?  Homosexual marriage there is banned.

PayPal has declared boldly that they will not go forward to build a planned 400-employee operation center in North Carolina, yet they operate very successfully from a financial standpoint in Singapore, where homosexual activity is illegal.

The NBA announced they may have to move the All-Star game from Charlotte next year.  Did they tell you they recently signed a $700 million agreement for streaming coverage of games in China over the next five years?

All this makes me think about the guy who complained to the pastor that “the church is full of hypocrites.”  The pastor just smiled.  “No, not yet.  There’s room for one more.”