A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-13-18
Say It’s Not So!
What’s Happening: “Parents lament, ‘Surely not…’ Unfortunately, it’s true. In an article posted after five pm yesterday, Montana Western University now threatens to punish incivility if it even get to the phase of – wait for it – ‘mean facial expressions.’According to the Student Code of Conduct manual, students may suffer ‘suspension, or in extreme cases expulsion’ (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/thought-police-public-universitys-rules-now-prohibit-offensive-facial-expressions/?ff_source=Email&ff_medium=newsletter-CT&ff_campaign=dailypm&ff_content=conservative-tribune). What about free speech? States Laura Beltz of the Foundation for Individual Rights, ‘The policy states that student must promote an atmosphere of civility and that their discussions should never become ‘mean, nasty, or vindictive’…’ This is college, not kindergarten!”
Knee-Jerk Response: “They are just trying to manage offense.”
Biblical Response: “Yeah, but is that even possible? What kind of world would it be if you could do that? Would you want to live in it? Maybe George Orwell was right! Thought police may have already arrived. God help us!”
“Christians? We live in a fallen world. Without a nature change offense is inevitable. The only cure is Jesus (of course, He is called ‘the Rock of Offense’ – Rom. 9:33). Are we to offend? We should try not to (Rom. 12:18), but all do not play by that rule. We are not to be surprised. The world hated Jesus long before it hated us (Jn 15:25; 17:45).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, may we enter conflict with a word of forgiveness on our lips and a kind word in our minds; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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