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What Do Brittany Maynard and Bruce Jenner Have in Common?

Peer pressure is a powerful force. It takes great strength of will to resist the momentum of those who push an agenda. The ignorant and immature are especially likely to succumb to the will of bullies. But all of us are challenged to resist social pressure to conform in our words, actions, and even our thoughts.

Last fall Brittany Maynard was pressured into killing herself, not because she didn’t want to live, but because the ghoulish supporters of assisted suicide wanted her to be their spokesperson, postmortem. When she lived beyond the date of her planned “exit” she was ridiculed and harassed by the Death with Dignity crowd. Even Brittany’s mother and husband cooperated with this deadly conformity. Mark Home from Politicaloutcast.com said, “The whole point of the ‘death with dignity’ slogan is to get other members of society to support and help a person in his or her chosen path to self-destruction. It isn’t just a private feeling, but a form of public cooperation. The person announces the plan and everyone supports the plan.”

Last month Bruce Jenner gave into pressure to publicly conform to his life-long desire to change genders. An impossible task, but don’t waste your time sharing that fact with the media, transexual bullies, or family members who surround and support “Caitlyn” today. “She” is now their most celebrated person, scheduled to receive the ESPN Courage Award in July.

Bruce and Brittany have one thing in common. Both of their lives were destroyed by conformity to peer pressure. The results? Brittany left too soon, and Bruce will never be permitted to return.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:12-15/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Taunia

    June 11, 2015 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm

    I find it dripping with irony that you say they were bullied and “confirmed to peer pressure.” Religious bullying is EVERWHERE and the most oppressive and offensive type of peer pressure there is. You quote from a book that’s been re-written over and over again and then use the Word of God to support your bigotry. How many commandments and rules have YOU broken this week, or in your life? Probably many, but you’ll cherry pick for which ones suit your need. I find that to be the biggest hypocrisy there: follow ALL the rules or follow NONE. YOU don’t get to choose which ones are “best.”

    The God that *I* believe in loves everyone equally, and is merciful and kind. Religion is just a tool created by man to control weak-minded individuals. I’m just always surprised by how many people fall for it.

    I think they both did what felt true and real for them. Just because YOU don’t agree doesn’t mean they were bullied or forced into it. They were both free-thinking individuals that made a choice that brings them peace. Your article is about everything AGAINST peace. And love. And humanity. AND GOD.

  2. Annmarie

    June 23, 2015 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm

    Are you real?

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