Godless liberals and leftists triggered by normalcy of a Christian woman teaching at Immanuel Christian School
The world should be celebrating the fact that Mike Pence's wife, Karen, is a dedicated art teacher at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va. She taught there for 12 years while her husband was a representative from Indiana. But not everybody is celebrating her employment at this school. Why? Why isn't everyone celebrating teaching at this school?
The problem is not with Karen Pence, it's with people who are clueless about Christianity in general and how discrimination, determining good from bad, is an essential part of our culture. Nearly every news broadcast is about discrimination. It's about events that happen that are good, and sometimes about people who do bad things. Because they do bad things, they often end up in jail or are confined in some way.
People who know very little about Christianity and how it has contributed our culture want to determine which behavior is good and bad. When they look at our culture and all of the lifestyles that people can engage in, they see it from a lens that says nearly any behavior is acceptable. That lens includes some behavior which is quite destructive to people - young people, families, single people - really everyone.
On the other hand, behavior which should be considered honorable, noble and self-sacrificial, is not considered to be that to many people who contribute to Twitter. Members of the media often follow their lead and simply parrot what is repeated on Twitter with no thought to where any moral guidance comes from. To them, character comes from the latest brave Twitter comment, so to speak.
There are many false moral guides like this: they abound at the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, etc. Yet, all of these media outlets seem to revel in proclaiming their flimsy, questionable moral guidance.
Despite their dubious moral wisdom, they want to be the moral compass of our society and harass people who don't conform to their standard. It's a strange situation; who would want to compare their moral standards with those of God, Jesus, or the Apostle Paul. But that's what we have here: Let's all criticize the Pence's for their adherence to good Christian character because we don't really know what good character is. They have become the false town criers, people who announce their righteous indignation when it's not righteous at all.
There have been many news reports with something resembling this headline from The Guardian:
"Karen Pence: VP's wife to teach at school that bans LGBT students"
Subhead: "Second lady joins Immanuel Christian school where students and teachers who condone homosexuality are not welcome."
"The school makes parents sign an agreement, available online, which states that the school reserves the right to refuse admission to, or remove from the school, any pupil who participates in, supports or condones “sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity”.
"A separate employment application makes any potential applicants promise not to engage in “premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex, homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female”.
Let's be clear: the LGBTQ lifestyles and behaviors are not behaviors that should be celebrated or encouraged in our culture. It's as simple as that. All lifestyles are not the same just as all behavior is the same. The reason is that Jesus and the Apostle Paul, when they talked about marriage, did not approve of any of these relationships. In fact, the Apostle Paul did not approve of any sexual relationships outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
Here is another example of this relative moral outrage in a Bustle article by Sarah Friedmann: (The article is mostly copying what others have said, commented about, including many on Twitter).
"The School Where Karen Pence Is Working Doesn't Welcome LGBTQ Students Or Teachers"
What follows in the article is just more relative guidance from Twitter from people like Matt McDermott, Emily Nussbaum, Steve Silberman, Joyce Alene, etc. Joyce Alene demonstrates her lack of Bible knowledge when she attempts to summarize what it says about marriage:
"Karen Pence has taken a job at a school that bans gay employees & requires employees to affirm that “marriage unites one man and one woman” and that “a wife is commanded to submit to her husband."
She is referring to a section of the Bible in Ephesians where it talks about the role of husbands and wives.
But her characterization is incomplete and therefore inaccurate. Surprise! Husbands are commanded to love their wives, and even to submit to them as well. But I guess submission is only appropriate when someone is beating someone who is tied up as a form of sadomasochism.
Joyce Vance is a professor of law at the University of Alabama, where she is a distinguished professor. On her Twitter banner, she has a quote from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., which says, " . . . until justice rolls down like mighty waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
The irony is that the same religion that she promotes through the actions of King, she finds distasteful when practiced by the vice-president and his wife, Karen. This sentiment is common for Godless liberals like Vance. Accept Christian virtues when she are acceptable to one's sensibilities, and decry them when they don't fit with your personal ideals. Unfortunately, it was exactly that moral reasoning, a selective interpretation of the Bible, that allowed slavery to exist in the South and the oppression of an entire race of people in our country.
It seems that that many of these people must ask themselves why a man and a woman would ever be attracted to each other and get married in the first place, instead of all the other possible arrangements. But there are a bevy of such Christian character naysayers in the media, self-appointed critics, like busy bees, with nothing to do but talk about Christians and how they should act more non-Christians and have lots of sex outside of marriage.
Here is another quote from the Friedmann article:
"At least one LGBTQ advocacy organization condemned Pence's decision to teach at the Immanuel Christian School, suggesting that she should seek employment at a more inclusive institution." That's from JoDee Winterhof, the senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign.
While we're condemning everything good in Christianity, why don't we include the entire Bible. Why not rewrite the section of Genesis where God burned Sodom and Gomorrah to the the ground. Instead, maybe God should have offered to start an LGBTQ support group there?
Morality in our nation did not suddenly morph into what we describe as character in the 20th century. It didn't start with people who sell consumer goods like the iPhone or a Starbucks macchiato. It started with Christians. It started because a carpenter who lived 2,000 years ago decided to die for the sins of the world. That’s why people should celebrate Immanuel Christian School and all of their guidelines. That's why Karen Pence is excited to be teaching there. We should all be excited with her.
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