Thursday, June 16, 2005

This Year's SBC Embarrassment

For those of you who haven't heard about this yet, there is a movement to get a resolution to the floor of the SBC that urges Southern Baptist congregations it investigate whether their local school district promotes homosexuality through sex-education, programs teaching tolerance and diversity or clubs for gay students. If the church determines that local schools are "guilty", the resolution asks the church to "“inform the parents of this fact and encourage them to remove their children from the school district'’s schools immediately."

Now, according to a story at EthicsDaily.com, leaders of more than 40 family groups have sent letters to the SBC asking them to adopt this resolution because "hundreds of thousands of individuals who are concerned about the presence of homosexual tolerance and diversity programs within the public school system in America."

The line in the above paragraph that really bothers me is "the presence of homosexual tolerance" phrase. I believe that as Christians, we are called to be more than just tolerant, we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Jesus didn't give any qualifiers to this commandment.

The article on EthicsDaily goes on to say: "The leaders said gay-straight alliances, diversity clubs, tolerance classes and even programs with "safe-sounding"” titles like anti-bullying or safe schools are being used by homosexual groups to get their message that "“gay is okay"” through schoolhouse doors." If an anti-bullying program is trying to teach that it is not ok to harass kids who are of a different than you, and one of those differences is homosexuality, I don't see anything wrong with that. It is not "okay" for a Christian student to beat up a homosexual student because he or she is gay. We need to be teaching that! There is a difference between allowing someone to be different and endorsing those differences. We can love for someone, we can care for someone, and we can certainly be tolerant of a sinner without endorsing their sin. Especially since we are all sinners to begin with.

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