“Hurricane Bob is bearing down upon the Gulf Coast.”
Hurricanes are given male and female names, a practice that began in 1979. Prior to this, from 1953 to 1978, hurricanes and tropical storms were given only female names. Female meteorologists and others leveled accusations of misogyny, claiming that male meteorologists and reporters were attaching sexual cliches to these female named hurricanes, reinforcing negative stereotypes. In 1978, the World Meteorological Organization agreed to add male names to hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane Bob was the first to be given a male name when it struck the Gulf Coast in 1979.
Reflecting upon this, I suppose one could have used gender neutral names such as Tracy or Leslie. Of course, in this current age of gender ambiguity, probably no solution except not giving gender specific names to hurricanes would suffice. We should probably number hurricanes like 2022-3, designating the third hurricane of the 2022 season. Inevitably, criticism will probably emerge from some group claiming they are disenfranchised by this new naming process.
It is challenging to live in a politically correct and woke world where everything must be gender neutral and pronouns such as he and she are eschewed in favor of they, regardless of the confusion this creates. The real issue is moral relativism. The world informs us there are no absolute standards. The illusion is by choosing relativism, this excludes those who disagree and this is no longer inclusive but exclusive, contradicting the message of relativism.
But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
Jude 17-19 (NASB)
Thousands of years ago, our Lord Jesus Christ warned us of these current days. Everyone will be following their own standard and attempt to impose it on others. Those who disagree will be mocked, publicly shamed, and canceled. Christians are a target. Keep the faith! He also gave us these words of encouragement until His glorious return.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
Jude 20-21 (NASB)
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.