Shameful Silence and Naked Bike Rides


“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”  But Jonah arose to flee … (Jonah 1:2-3).

I live outside the city of Portland, Oregon, which has the distinction of being one of the most “progressive” cities in the United States. The un-official motto of the city is “Keep Portland Weird.”

Last summer I listened as a father described taking his family to a park in southeast Portland on Sunday after church. As his five small children were playing, through the park came a group called “The Naked Bike Ride.”  These people ride and walk their bicycles, without a stitch of clothing on, through the streets and parks of Portland. This father was horrified as his children watched more than a thousand naked people parade past them laughing. The city of Portland not only allows this, but promotes the group’s activities.

At the same time a man has been driving his car around town without wearing pants and another man exposed his genitals near a public school. These men, however, are hypocritically labeled predators and criminal threats.

In another nearby city, a public school teacher has admitted to having sexual intercourse in her classroom with two 15-year old students and then sending naked pictures of herself to other children. She’s been called a hero for her sexual bravery and hundreds have joined a campaign to ensure that she keeps her job and doesn’t go to prison (here).

The pulpits and churches of the Portland area are silent. I dare say that men like Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, Elijah and Malachi would be branded as fanatic loud-mouths by many church-goers here and across America. The hypocrisy, illogical treatment by society, and ungodliness goes un-challenged by public officials and the churches – and at times rewarded.  It shouldn’t be so.

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent … but I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you (Matthew 11:20, 24).

2 thoughts on “Shameful Silence and Naked Bike Rides

  1. Wow what a message,wish u can preach it at our church here in Kenya.

    Really shameful!!.Uganda a neighbouring country here has not only banned a shameful act like that but has banned wearing seductively.I wish we could all follow suit to protect our moral values.

    1. Pastor Isaac, if you knew all that goes on at these gatherings – all held in public – you would wonder why America hasn’t been scorched with fire from Heaven yet. My heart’s cry is Maranatha!

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