The Rights of Religious Institutions

February 14th 2008 by Jen in Culture, News, Theology

A female referee was not allowed to officiate a boys’ sporting event at a private Catholic school.  Read the whole thing here.  This is sure to spark a fierce debate and Christians who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible are sure to be demonized.  While this is currently an issue of whether or not this school will get kicked out of the Activities Association, it will become an issue of whether or not private religious institutions have the right to practice what they believe regardless of the larger culture’s opposition.  While this Catholic school has chosen a very peripheral issue to fight over, it certainly foreshadows how other religious institutions will have to battle to safeguard issues more central to the Christian faith.  I don’t know anything about this school and I don’t know how it’s officials will handle it nor how they should because I don’t know everything about the situation, but I do know that Bible-believing Christians are required to live according to the Word of God regardless of the circumstances.  A fiery furnace, a lion’s den, and a stoning all come to mind.  But so does the cross of Jesus and the Gospel of salvation through Him.  Jesus reminds us in the Gospels that the world will hate us because of him.  They will not understand why we do what we do.  There will be earthly consequences for living under the rule of King Jesus.  But we can only have one master.  As Christians, our job isn’t to have the right answer all the time; it’s to know the Scriptures, how they apply to our daily lives, and to speak the truth in love and kindness.

2 Tim 2:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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