Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Cruel Christianity

There is a new movement afoot among a segment of Christians in California, called California Exodus. Their goal is to have all Christians leave the public school system, both students and teachers. The reason? The straw that apparently broke this camel's (ass's?) back is that despicable foe of all that is Christian, us deviant homosexuals! Here's a sampling of the verbiage spewed forth on their website:

"Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed a package of public school legislation that represents a complete reversal of 2,000 years of Christian moral teaching on human sexuality, family, and marriage. This is to be accomplished by using the California public school system to indoctrinate children to accept homosexual and other sexually deviant lifestyles as normal and morally acceptable, beginning as early as pre-kindergarten and continuing as long they are in California's public schools"

Even if it weren't for the reason it is (that is, anti-gay/homophobic), the very idea of Christians separating themselves off from society, creating an Island unto themselves; this concept and the attitude behind it is just so completely repugnant on every level that I don't even know where to begin!

Okay, so I'll begin here: If they actually went through with it completely, then there would be no one to share the Gospel with the other kids in public schools! And there would be no teachers to share the Gospel with other teachers! And I don't mean that students and teachers should be going around hitting people over the head with the Bible, but the Gospel can be shared and preached through the simple presence of Christians in any given social setting. By living as examples while letting their faith be known, Christians throughout time have effectively brought people to the Lord. Jesus said that His followers are to be the salt of the Earth! Salt doesn't fulfill its purpose by staying in the shaker! Jesus said to be the light of the world. Light can't shine into the world if it's covered up by an opaque lampshade, keeping to itself. How completely arrogant and repulsive is the attitude of this movement! How self righteous can you get? "We're too good for this place, and as far as we're concerned you can all rot in hell", is literally what this movement is saying.

What a cruel, heartless, selfish type of Christianity this is! The spiritual origin of this isn't from Jesus Christ, this is from Satan!

Oh, but what is our response to be? Can we fight them? Do we get all invested in this and get angry and make a stink? Or do we really just have to continue to live lives of authentic Christian faith and pray for them, leaving the battle to the Lord. It's possible that some of us are called to do the former, but certainly we must all pursue the latter.

Bless their well intentioned, misguided, pointy little heads.


But you know something, it occurs to me that of course, not every Christian is going to follow suit and remove themselves from the schools! In fact, maybe this could all be a very good thing, maybe this is God's plan after all! Now the cruel Christians - okay, "well intentioned, misguided (pointy headed) Christians" - will be purged from the system, leaving the loving ones behind to do God's work unhindered!

This all reminds me of a bumper sticker:

"Lord, save me from your people!"

Perhaps He's answering that prayer!


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