Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Calling Out Matt Walsh



An Appeal for Charity and Moderation: 
Addressing Blogger Matt Walsh’s Comments on Bruce Jenner



At some point last fall, An Evangelical pastor friend of mine turned me on to a conservative blogger named Matt Walsh. Due to my rigorous academic work here in Princeton, New Jersey, I normally do not have time to surf the blogosphere to get the latest social and political takes of non-academicians. A cursory examination of current trends on the worldwide web will conclusively demonstrate that there are a lot of people on line espousing a multiplicity of views from a myriad of ideological, sociological and theological perspectives.

However, in my estimation there is something unique and admirable about this young man named Matt Walsh. I personally like the guy and think his earnest theologically informed perspective is refreshing in a world filled with substance free rhetoric. It is very obvious that Matt Walsh a young man on the move. He is a real mover and shaker in the American world of ideas with a bright future as a public intellectual.

Having said this, it greatly pains me to be an interloper and rain on his ever increasing parade. However, in diametrical counter-distinction to many American conservatives who are praising Walsh for his bold take on the Bruce Jenner issue, I believe Walsh’s recent Op-Ed piece on the Blaze entitled, “Bruce Jenner is not a woman. He is a sick and delusional man,” is pejorative and most certainly not helpful in fostering civil and conciliatory discourse in a world awash in vitriol and polarization.


I think it is important from the onset to communicate that I am a conservative who understands full well the audience that appreciates this sort of rhetoric. As a younger man, I think I would have been more appreciative of Walsh’s commentary, but as I get older, I think this sort of cultural militancy is not serving the American people very well. Sure, it gets conservatives fired up, but I am just not certain there will be a positive outcome from increasing the saddening divisions already tearing this storied nation apart.

As a an Evangelical Christian who very much wants to honor Christ with my words and actions, I am concerned that Mr. Walsh’s view that Bruce Jenner is little more than a “sick and delusional cross dresser,” will hurt those who are struggling with gender related issues and only confirm popular suspicions and commonly held societal stereotypes about Evangelicals and other social conservatives.  It is a fact that many people in secular society believe that Evangelicals hate them.

While I am sympathetic to the idea that God intended human beings to remain in the gender that He originally created them to be, I believe the issue is far more complex than Mr. Walsh and others crusading against Bruce Jenner and other transgendered individuals make it out to be. Since time immemorial, human beings have struggled with their gender and Mr. Walsh’s pejorative laden commentary will not change that, but will serve to divide America further and further.

There are deep divisions in contemporary American society as the current smoldering riots and ruins of Baltimore can attest to, we all must do our part to be ambassadors of peace and reconciliation to a hurting world. I am just not certain that Mr. Walsh’s comments on Bruce Jenner are very Christian. I do not hear the authentic voice of Jesus in his comments about Bruce Jenner.

The Bible teaches us to love our enemies and if Mr. Walsh perceives Bruce Jenner to be his cultural enemy, I think he would be better served to use words of compassion towards Bruce Jenner in a manner that could potentially win him over to Walsh’s position on gender identity and the historic Christian faith.

I am not attempting to squelch Mr. Walsh’s considerable gifts and zeal for his conception of truth, far from it. I just want to see a gifted man like Matt Walsh love Bruce Jenner as Christ would. I am just not certain that Mr. Walsh’s comments meet Jesus’ criterion of loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39).


Lee Edward “Ed” Enochs (B.A. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is an Evangelical Christian with distinctive Libertarian views on politics and the US Constitution. Lee has also studied at such noted schools as the Moody Bible Institute and Westminster Theological Seminary in California and is currently a full-time graduate student in Princeton, New Jersey. Lee is also the author of a book on the relationship between economics and Christianity entitled, “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism” which can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Defense-Capitalism-Lee-Enochs/dp/1505809061




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thought on Bruce Jenner





Libertarianism, Evangelicalism and Bruce Jenner: Should Bruce Jenner Have a Right to Change His Gender?

by Lee Enochs
"A Libertarian on Fire"
Princeton, New Jersey

"Actus me invito factus non est meus actus" (The act done by me against my will is not my act).

Like many Americans, I watched with interest, last Friday's televised interview between ABC's Diane Sawyer and former olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. Also, like many Americans, I have been a bit taken back by Jenner's announcement that he sees himself as a woman and plans to change his gender.

After Jenner's announcement on 20/20, I spent a few hours this past weekend reading various news reports and blog posts on the matter, and frankly I am appalled by some of the conservative blog comments on this subject. In particular, I am a bit ticked off to have read some Evangelical Christians who have used very pejorative terms to describe Jenner and his decision to transition to female.

Specifically, I am a bit concerned about the rhetoric of a gifted young blogger named Matt Walsh who has said some very fierce things against Bruce Jenner of late: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/bruce-jenner-is-not-a-woman-he-is-a-sick-and-delusional-man/

However, as a Libertarian, I believe in the maximization of the freedom of speech and do not want to deter any America from exercising their constitutional right to freedom of speech. Unlike some of my liberal and even conservative friends, I do not believe in squashing anyone's right to freely express their opinion even if I vehemently disagree with it. In the same respect, I want to chime in here and say that we conservatives can do a lot better at handling this situation regarding Bruce Jenner and we should avoid mocking him and using derogatory rhetoric against him for his decision to change his body.

Likewise as a Libertarian, I am left wondering if anyone should interfere with another free citizen's right to do with body as she or he sees fit under the laws of great country. While I may have some issues as an Evangelical Christian with the concept of gender transition and wonder if God intended this for human beings, the laws of the United States permit Bruce Jenner to change his body through hormonal replacement and cosmetic surgery.

I do not want to be the person that tries to stand in the way of another person's right to do with his or her body as they sees fit and frankly, I am wondering if those conservatives who want rail against Bruce Jenner for wanting to change his body as his conscience dictates, are in fact violating their conservative principles on the inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If Bruce Jenner was your father, would you treat him any differently? If Bruce Jenner was my father, I would treat him with dignity and compassion. I say this because I have read many Evangelical blogs and commentary of late that has used very negative, caustic, pejorative and ungodly language to communicate that they don't support his decision to change his gender. As Christians, are we not commanded by Jesus Christ to love our neighbor as ourselves? (Mark 12:30-31).

Also, if Bruce Jenner is now your "enemy," does not the Scriptures teach us to love our enemies? (Matthew 5:44). The sad thing is, many of the Evangelicals and pro-America conservatives out there that loved Bruce Jenner when he was an All-American Gold Medalist on the Wheaties Box and stuff, they loved him like their own son. Now that he is changing his gender, these same rah-rah conservatives and Evangelicals have dropped him like a bad habit and are treating him like a serial killer.

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My name is Lee Edward Enochs (B.A. Humanities, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and I approve this message. I am also an Evangelical with distinctly Libertarian political views. I am currently a graduate student in Princeton, New Jersey. I am the author of a book on economics and theology entitled, "A Biblical Defense of Capitalism," which can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Defense-Capitalism-Lee-Enochs/dp/1505809061

Friday, April 17, 2015

Introducting Conservative Campaigns

Dear Friends,

I have started a new blog and political entity called, "Conservative Campaigns." You can check out the blog here:

http://conservativestrategy.blogspot.com/