Ironic-er and Ironic-er…or Something Like That

A transgender man, Thomas Beattie, who made headlines after announcing he
was pregnant, has given birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Oregon,the U.S.
the People magazine reported.

Thomas Beattie, 34, who was born a woman, legally changed his gender
undergoing hormone treatment and realignment surgery 10 years ago. But
although he had his breasts removed he retained his female reproductive
organs.

Beattie, who lives with his 45-year-old wife, Nancy, was cited in the
People as saying, "The only thing different about me is that I can’t
breastfeed my baby. But a lot of mothers don’t."

Beattie’s announcement of his pregnancy caused a sensation on the Oprah
Winfrey Show in April. He said the decision was made to get pregnant as his
wife was unable to give birth following a hysterectomy. (read this article
online HERE)

So Tracy Lagondino became Thomas Beattie.  She apparently felt like she was
really, truly a male deep down inside.  She took lots of male hormones to counteract
her naturally occurring female hormones and had her girl bits cut off and the
remaining stuff fashioned to resemble boy bits…but she retained the girl parts
inside.

Somewhere along the line, Thomas met Nancy and they got married (because it’s legal
and all).  Now Nancy, who has always been and still remains Nancy, had
her inside girl stuff removed for health reasons a long time ago, still had her outside girl
stuff.

Thomas
and Nancy wanted to have a family.  But since Nancy was unable to become pregnant – even if she was married to an actual man with real man parts inside
and out – Thomas generously decided to lend her his uterus.  (It’s not like
he was using it, after all.)  A baby was conceived via intrauterine
insemination (IUI), with an anonymous male donor providing the manly ingredients
for the couple.  Their daughter was born on June 29, 2008 – via natural
childbirth even,
since Thomas apparently also retained the important parts that connect the
inside girl parts to the outside girl parts.

"Despite years of taking hormones and living outwardly as a man,
Beattie maintained that he retained his female sex organs because he intended
one day to get pregnant." (ABC
News
)

Uh…

So
now Nancy has been taking lots of female hormones, since she doesn’t have the
female parts to produce them naturally, so that she can induce lactation to
breastfeed the baby that her  husband bore with another man’s ingredients.

Now that’s teamwork! 

…but somehow I just don’t think this is quite what God had in mind…

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My Name Is…

1.
YOUR REAL NAME:
Sandra Judith Ostapowich

2. YOUR GANGSTA’ NAME (the first 4 letters of your real name plus
"-izzle")
:
Sandizzle

3. YOUR SPY NAME (favorite color and favorite animal):
Red Porcupine

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME
(your middle name and the street you live
on)
:
Judith Carina

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME
(the first 3 letters of your last name and
first 2 letters of your first name)
:
Ostsa – hmm…that’s hard to say.

6. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME
(your 2nd favorite color and favorite drink):
Green Margarita

7. YOUR IRAQI NAME
(the 2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of
your last name, 1st letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your mom’s maiden
name, 3rd letter of you dad’s middle name, 1st letter of a siblings first name,
and last letter of your mom’s first name)
:
Atjuamn

8. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (parents middle names):
Louise Francis

9. YOUR GOTH NAME
("bloody" and the name of one of your
pets)
:
Bloody Jitterbug

Sometimes You Just Need a Reminder…

"But in all things commending ourselves as ministers of God, in
much patience, in hard circumstances, in needs, in distresses, in plagues, in
imprisonments, in insurrections, in work, in sleeplessness, in fastings, in
purity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in
genuine love, in the Word of truth, in the power of God; through the weapons of
righteousness of the right hand and the left, through honor and dishonor,
through slander and good reputation, as deceitful and true, as being ignorant
and being known, as dead and behold we live, as instructed and not put to death,
as sorrowful and always rejoicing, as poor and making many rich, as having
nothing and also possessing everything." (2 Corinthians 6:1-10)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. When things got really bad for Dr. Luther,
he would remind himself, "Baptizatus sum." That means, "I
am baptized." When it seems like everything has gone wrong and everything
is messed up, you are baptized. And when it seems that all you have going for
you is your Baptism, then you have everything!

That's how St. Paul can put such opposites together in our Reflection for
today! All these opposites joined together, they don't seem to fit. Honor and
dishonor, slander and good reputation, deceitful and true, being ignorant and
knowing, dead and behold we live, all of these are only true because St. Paul is
baptized.


In times requiring patience, you are baptized. In great suffering, you are
baptized. In hard work, you are baptized. In dire need, you are baptized. In
distresses, plagues, when they throw you in prison, you are baptized. When they
revolt against you, in work, when you can't sleep, then you are baptized,
baptized, and baptized. When you don't have enough to eat, when you hear the
Gospel in its purity, when the kindness of God is obvious even to you and me:
baptized, baptized, baptized, and baptized.

This is true solely because of the Cross of Christ. There on the Cross, Jesus
took all that we ever have done – good and bad – and died in our place. He
took what He earned and gave it to us. We are sons of God because He is the Son
of God. We are heirs to heaven and earth, because all things were given to Him.
We are kings and will rule forever and ever, for He is the King of Kings and the
Lord of Lords.


All of that becomes ours in Holy Baptism! Jesus delivers Himself to us in the
waters of our Baptism. He delivers everything to us through His ministers. We,
who are dead, are, behold, made alive! We, who are sorrowful over our sins,
rejoice! We, who are poor, are rich in the Spirit. We, who have nothing, possess
everything! At the font, it is given to us because, there, Christ is delivered
to us.

When things look good, we are baptized. When things are normal, we are baptized.
And when everything has gone wrong and it looks especially bleak, then this is
most certainly true: Baptizatus sum! In the name of Jesus. Amen.

By Rev. George F. Borghardt III, Associate Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran
Church, Conroe, TX.
  (Reflection from February 18, 2005)

I Kissed a Girl

I Kissed a Girl
by Katy Perry

This was never the way I planned
Not my intention
I got so brave, drink in hand
Lost my discretion
It’s not what, I’m used to
Just wanna try you on
I’m curious for you
Caught my attention

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don’t even know your name
It doesn’t matter
You’re my experimental game
Just human nature
It’s not what, good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

Us girls we are so magical
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

It takes a lot to disturb me.  I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it is what it is.  I have been disturbed.  And of all things, by a song I heard on the Top 20 station on my radio* between random errands the other day.  I normally just listen to news or the 70’s station, but I was actually trying to get an idea of what teens are listening to these days.  Did I get an earful!

Just to make sure I wasn’t imagining what I heard, I asked my youth group about it this week.  Before I even finished asking my question, they named the song, the artist, and were singing the lyrics.  Against their will, they say.  They all hate the song, but its catchy tune has burned it into their memories.  (If only I could get them to learn the catechism so quickly!  Somehow I don’t think Katy Perry will be on board with that plan.)

We have become such a hedonistic and disposable culture that it’s perfectly normal – stuff of Top 20 pop music charts – for a young lady (and I use the term loosely here) to get drunk and make out with another young lady (and I use the term loosely here too).   She hopes her boyfriend doesn’t mind, but every girl today knows that making out with another girl is a great way to get a guy’s attention and "safely" be a tease. 

Now I know that a lot of people these days, even Christians, are cool with sexual experimentation, many of them even promote it.  How else are you going to know if you’re "compatible" for a long term relationship or marriage if you don’t try things out ahead of time?  (Don’t get me started on the plug and socket speech…)  Not only is there the usual  boy-girl experimentation going on, but now we have pop music promoting same-sex experimentation too.  It’s not enough for to teach against and try to prevent "purpling", but apparently "pinking" and "bluing" is more common than ever.

"Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.  For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature…"  (Romans 1:22-26)

The interesting thing about this song is that Miss Perry knows what she is doing is wrong.  She’s struggling internally with the decision.  It demonstrates how, even though it is against our conscience, we are encouraged to overcome that voice and satiate our curiosity.  Separate intimate actions from intimate relationships.  It’s all about random feelings and following our basest of urges.  Even the personal interaction of a kiss has been depersonalized.  This girl Miss Perry kissed may as well have been a lightpost for all the human interaction that was involved.

This just further goes to show the depth of sin in this world we live in, in our relationships with one another, and even our "relationships" with ourselves.  This is not the way God created things for us, not the way He wants them to be for us.  He has given us His Son to be our Bridegroom, to be the One who tends to us, loves us, gives Himself for us, puts us first, does not treat our bodies merely as objects of lust for his own pleasure and experimentation.  How could He?  He died to save us from this twisted world we live in, where our young ladies are encouraged to try out homosexuality on the radio.  Come quickly, Lord!

* XM radio is REALLY cool – it’s like cable TV for the radio!