On a previous post a wonderful discussion erupted- in part- over Christians in politics and what is the best way to share the Christian message in our culture of conflict.
We all know about the culture wars- the debates from the right and the left- and the participation of conservative Christian groups in this battle.
Recently the battleground moved next door to me- in Pace, Florida.
As a result of a lawsuit brought upon the Santa Rosa county school system by the ACLU on behalf of two students who claimed the Christian religion and prayer was being pushed upon them and therefore violating their first amendment rights, limitations were set on speech by Christian students and school officials in that school system. Also some students who were scheduled to participate in their graduation ceremonies were not allowed to do so. (You can read more about the story here.)
In reaction, area Christian leaders, students and some area school officials gathered to protest, pray and promote their Christian faith based agenda.
Now I have some questions to ask you based on this:
- Do you have any problems with the ACLU doing this? If pushy political Christians using the system to further their agenda is unwise- is it also unwise for a pushy political secular group to do so? What is the difference?
- Was the big rally a good or bad idea? Does this show Christian solidarity and passion for sharing Christ or was it just a big right-wing political show which once again reinforced the negative sterotype of Christians?
- Since the limitations are now law in that school system- should the Christian students speak up anyway and break that law. Should the students not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony jump up and grab the mic and be heard anyway? Have their liberites really been taken away?
- Does what the ACLU did alarm you or does what the Christians did in response alarm you? Does it even matter? Do you think God is at all interested in this?
Look forward to your input!