Okay, I want to be careful with what I say here, because I don’t know all of the information and this topic is a hornet’s nest. But I came across this article through Greg’s blog and it frustrated me.
It seems a 14-year old student was expelled from her Christian High School a couple of weeks ago because the school officials discovered that her parents are lesbians. The Superintendent wrote a letter of explanation to the girl’s biological mother stating that according to school policy, at least one parent may not engage in practices that are “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian lifestyle, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship.”
Hmmmm…. I guess what upsets me more than anything is how conservative evangelicalism isolates those few “choice” sins that “those people” commit. At the risk of being flippant, I’m tired of my fellow brothers and sister crying out, “Oh my gosh! Those people are having illegal sex!” or “Those people believe in evolution! We’ve got to stop them!”
I know the Bible has stuff to say about these topics. But it also has stuff to say about other behaviors that are “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian lifestyle.” Stuff like anger, lust, rage, pride, lying, ill-treatment of the poor, rampant consumerism, injustice, abuse of our earth’s resources (yes, that stuff is in the Bible too), etc.
What do you think would have happened if the school expelled a student from a Christian family, whose parents spent thousands of excessive dollars at Walmart, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond to furnish their half-million dollar home, drove a gas-guzzling SUV, voted against healthcare, overate, gossiped, and refused to forgive their alcoholic dad? Yeah, we know what would have happened. The school officials would have been called legalistic and accused of getting too involved in the family’s personal business. There probably would have been a lawsuit as well (and that’s mentioned in the Bible too).
I don’t know anything about the family whose daughter was expelled. But they did one thing that made me proud of them. They decided not to fight the ruling. Good for them. They took the high-road. I don’t know their hearts, but compared to everyone involved, their action seems to reflect Jesus the most. And I hope he totally blesses them for it.
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The child’s caregivers chose to give her a “Christian” education. The “Christian” institution, instead of rejoicing in the opportunity to bring some Good News into that child’s life and her household, cut the lifeline based on her parent’s behavior. This is yet another example of us completely missing the point. Jesus, teach us.