Students at Kentridge High School in Seattle wanted to start a Bible club nearly a decade ago. At the time the administration refused to recognize the club. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund brought a petition to the local court to appeal to the right of the students to hold meetings.
The court sided with the school administration. The higher court of appeals also kept the club from forming. The attorneys for the students stated that the school had recognized other such clubs, implying that there was direct discrimination at stake against Christian students.
Unfortunately this is another case where Christian students (and attorneys) acting in an unChristian manner. The problem with this case presents with a particular part of their membership requirements: “they require their members to hold certain religious beliefs.”
Ouch! what ever happened to accepting people the way they are? It seems that so many Christians forget that Jesus told stories of banquets where he challenged people to invite the poor, needy, and weak instead of the wealthy and influential. He praised the gift of the widow’s mite and accepted invitations to eat with tax collectors and prostitutes. How Christian is a club that requires right belief to become a part? Could it be that this was the sticking point? And could it be that all the other clubs made no such requirement?
Seems like there was something written about there being a time and place for everything. Ecclesiastes 3 is the Bible’s take no that classic Eagles song (yes, I know that the Bible was written first, it was a joke) about how there are things that really have their day, but then the next day comes around and, well it is not such a beautiful thing.
This puts me in mind of how different evangelism has already become in the past few decades. I am old enough to have attended a Billy Graham crusade. But when was the last time one of them by any other evangelist even happened? Times have changed and the people that crusades (unfortunately named) are those who already believed in God, the Bible, heaven, and hell. What was so impacting for these people is that they were being challenged to see that they were not living the life that God wanted them to live and were so convicted that they went forward in droves to do something about it.
It has occurred to me that my recent posts about spiritual journey that every one is on could sound like relativistic, pluralistic dribble. On the contrary, my intention is not to support views of many roads to the same god but more to acknowledge that we are all seeking some sort of meaning and connection to a Higher Power than ourselves. Granted many attempt to cultivate that Higher Power within themselves through power and influence. And as in the classic case of the “rich young ruler,” we may dupe ourselves into thinking that are intentions are genuine only to have someone who sees our true intentions. So we are all on a search for God, although may end up creating gods for ourselves.