A Christian school catering for Christian families who value Christian education affirmed its commitment to Christianity this week, and all hell broke loose. Well, what in God’s name did they expect?
Our culture is tolerant of Christianity, so long as it’s a very modern kind of Christianity – by which I mean something different to Christianity altogether.
The world wants a Christianity that prefers popular trends to timeless truths; approving of everything, and certain of nothing. A hollow religion that retains its ancient form, but that denies the substance thereof.
The Ten Commandments are permitted, but only if presented as the Ten Suggestions.
Jesus is fine, provided the meaning of His life, death, and resurrection is reduced to ‘just love everyone’; which is something the Dalai Lama, or even your grandmother, might just have easily said. And honestly, what’s the difference anyway?
We approve of God on the condition that He acts less like the Lord of the universe and more like a personal therapist fully committed to supporting our diverse life choices. He is a tame God who gives us all the thrills of religion and none of the cost.
So, when Citipointe Christian College in Brisbane asked parents to sign an enrolment contract affirming the biblical view of sexuality and the biological view of gender, it was more than our inclusive culture could tolerate.
The reaction was fierce. Citipointe Christian College was accused of trying to ‘abusively hetero-normalise children’, by which critics meant ‘teach the Bible’.
Imagine a Christian school using Christian teaching and scientific fact as a basis for their policies!
‘Where’s the love?’ activists raged.
One Citipointe teacher resigned in disgust. How could a Christian school be so unchristian as to insist on Christian morality?
Grim-faced panellists on The Project wondered, ‘What would Jesus do?’
The answer was obvious. They would be an LGBTQ ally. If they existed. Which they probably don’t. But the Jesus most of our media seem to imagine would most certainly be a non-binary vegan in an open relationship busily organising Pride days during Citipointe Christian College lunch breaks.
Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace blasted the school’s actions as ‘unacceptable’.
‘The values in this document don’t seem very Christian to me,’ she thundered from on high, as pastors from Cairns to Coolangatta made a mental note to check how Sunday’s sermon ‘seems’ to Grace Grace before they preach it from the pulpit.
At least they now know how to introduce this Sunday’s service …
‘On behalf of the Palaszczuk Government I want to welcome you to church today. We will be reading from the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans, skipping several verses the education minister has deemed to be not very Christian. Also, we are safe because she is strong. Praise be to Annastacia! Amen.’
We expect that next week Grace Grace will be admonishing the Islamic College of Brisbane for parts of the Koran that don’t seem very Islamic to her.
Or maybe not.
Independent Education Union Queensland branch secretary Terry Burke told journalists: ‘Our union believes practises in faith-based schools, and indeed in any endeavour by faith-based organisations which is conducted for and funded by the public, should reflect community standards and expectations.’
Mr Burke did not clarify in what sense a Christian organisation would still be a Christian organisation if it changed its standards and expectations so as to be indistinguishable from those of the non-Christian community.
Meanwhile, Grace Grace was angrily reporting Citipointe College to the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board and to the Human Rights Commissioner.
‘Every student deserves to feel accepted and supported,’ she said.
The reaction of Grace Grace, the media and activists suggest they are unaware that it is not compulsory for children to attend a Christian school. Imagine the Education Minister’s relief when she learns there are literally hundreds of non-Christian schools – they are called ‘government schools’ – where families can enrol at minimal cost; and where rainbow ideology is taught to kids with a religious fervour Citipointe would be proud of.
Speaking of students’ feelings … what of students who feel unsafe in schools that have adopted transgender affirming policies? What of girls who don’t want to share bathrooms with, or compete in sport against, biological males? Do their feelings deserve to be ‘accepted and supported’?
And what about tax-paying parents who don’t share the Education Minister’s plasticine morality? Do they get a choice in their children’s education? Or does the government’s commitment to diversity and inclusion become a demand for uniformity and exclusion in their case?
Governments should let people vote with their feet rather than seeking to impose their views on everyone.
If people don’t want faith-based schooling for their children, then they are free to send them to an “enlightened” state school. And institutions like Citipointe will close for lack of students.
I suspect the opposite will be the case.
Even as mainstream media and LGBTQ activists (but I repeat myself) froth at the mouth; and even as politicians consult their focus groups and attempt to grind these Christian people into the ground, it is quite likely that Citipointe Christian College will need to find extra room to accommodate all the new enrolments that result from this publicity.
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