“LADIES AND GENTLEMAN” GREETING DROPPED BY JAPAN AIRLINES FOR GENDER NEUTRALS
In favor of gender neutral phrases and an effort to be more inclusive, Japan Airlines will stop addressing passengers as “ladies and gentlemen.” Beginning Thursday, Japan Airlines will use new forms of address, such as “Good morning, everyone” and “Attention all passengers.”
Other airlines have altered their announcements to recognize nonbinary and gender-nonconforming travelers, including Air Canada and the low-cost European carrier EasyJet.
Support for LGBTQ rights in Japan is steadily increasing. According to the Pew Research Center, just over half of Japanese people said they accepted homosexuality in 2002. Today it’s nearer to 70 percent. And among those 18 to 29, the figure is 92 percent.
Brothers and sisters, as time progresses, we are continuing to witness a dramatic increase in widely-accepted tolerance in many areas, especially within the area of gender inclusion. The world is becoming more and more inclined to permitting the notions that every person has the right to live exactly the way that they desire, and that nothing is openly deemed as being morally wrong, except in instances that trouble the laws of the land.
Arguably, this ideology seems like absolute truth, yet it is only the partial truth. The Bible describes that “in the last days, perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves…”(2 Tim. 3:2). As we have already discussed, we are most definitely living in the last days/end-times. To be a lover of yourself, you exalt your own beliefs above the truth of God’s Word, and this occurrence can be observed all throughout the world in which we live in today.
Indeed, it is true that humans have free will… God even intended for his creation to. However, when we as His creation decide to live by ideologies such as sexual fluidity that are in opposition against his will and what is written in his Word, we bring issues not just to ourselves but the communities that surround us and the world at large.
2 Chron. 7:14 (KJV) reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Did you hear, people of God? In order to experience healing both in ourselves and the nations that we dwell in, all we have to do is turn to God and seek his face.
From today, let us make the decision in our hearts to lean not on our own understanding (Prov. 3:5) and instead trust in the wisdom of Jesus Christ, the one who intricately knitted and designed us in love. He knows all things, and there is a definite reason for everything that he says and commands. It is our duty to simply follow him and enjoy the insurmountable blessings of obedience that follow.
Wherever you go this week, observe what changes are happening in main buildings that you happen to spend time in, whether it be the supermarket, bank, or even airport. Reflect on how these changes align with what is written in the Bible.
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