Students In Christian Schools: Transformation Or Indoctrination?





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I have attended or taught in private Christian schools for well over two decades.  I presently teach in a Christian School in Columbus, Georgia.  My experience teaching in Christian education has been overwhelmingly positive.  I walked away from public education twelve years ago and dedicated myself to educational ministry.

A common complaint I hear from non-Christian public school students, as well as Christian school students, is that there isn’t a thimble full of behavioral difference between the two.  If this is true, it is tragic; if it is not true, then it is a perception that must be addressed.  This leads us to a most relevant question:  Are students who attend Christian schools being transformed by the redeeming truth of Christianity, or are they simply being spoon-fed a well-learned jargon that brings no transformation but rather produces a generation that exhibits a “form of godliness but denies its power.” (2 Tim. 3:5)

Students who have been spoon-fed a Christian worldview but have not been taught or permitted to ask the hard questions are often swept away when they get to college and experience an environment that is decidedly atheistic, but one that encourages enquiry and contrary opinions.  They often mistake the falsity taught in an open and challenging  atmosphere as truth, and conversely question the truth they learned in an atmosphere that discouraged consideration of the ‘hard questions’.

What is the mission of a Christian school?  Is it to evangelize those who are lost?  Is it to disciple those who have accepted Christ?  Is it simply to offer an alternative form of education and provide an escape hatch for those who are caught up in a culture saturated with promiscuous sex and illegal drug activity?  I think most Christian schools have elements of all of the above in their declared mission.

A statistic was released some time ago that rocked the Christian world.  80% of youth stop attending church after they graduate from high school.  Many reasons have been given:  They had planned to leave even before graduation.  They were sidetracked by atheistic professors touting PhD’s behind their names.  They were unprepared for the sudden flood of anti-Christian culture that simply swept them away.

After decades of involvement in Christian education, I have observed this phenomenon in Christian schools as well, though perhaps not quite so prevalent.  I believe the real reason students leave the faith may well be that they never were in the faith to begin with.  Christian school students often spend an entire twelve years learning the jargon of Christianity.  They know what words to use and exactly when to insert just the right phrases to convince their elders that they are, indeed, followers.

After years of teaching, mentoring, and observing young students in Christian schools, I have concluded that those many who leave the faith had never really enlisted.  Jesus gave a clear calling to His disciples to follow Him.  Only a few became true followers.  Some began to follow but were overwhelmed by the sacrifices they were asked to make.  Others turned back because they missed the comforts offered by their families and culture.

The call to “Follow me” is exclusive.  Christ wants us to follow him and no other.  A bird can’t fly north and south at the same time.  A bulldozer can either push or pull, but it can’t do both simultaneously anymore than a person can follow Christ while simultaneously following a sinful, secular culture.  Most of those who ‘leave’ the faith were not saved in the first place.  They did not read their Bible regularly.  They blended in with their non-Christian friends rather than be distinguished from them.  They dated unbelievers, and they rationalized a participation in sex and experimentation with drugs and alcohol.  They gave mental assent to the Christian worldview they were being taught, but they never gave their heart to it.

Christian educators must strike a balance between simply being an educator and being a spiritual mentor.  It is not enough for students to learn the twelve tribes of Israel and be able to recite last week’s memory verse.  The fact that they have mastered Christian lingo doesn’t always indicate that they have accepted and embraced those truths into their hearts.  They are very skilled at reciting biblical truth, but have they learned to make practical application of those recitations?

Some Christian school students walk away from the faith because they never distinguished the difference between accepting Christ as their personal Savior and simply accepting Christ as the Savior of their parents or their teachers.  The paradox is that Christian educators want very much for their students to have a personal relationship with Christ; but when we package the message in the atmosphere of the institution, it is perceived to be very impersonal.

Students often make an unfortunate parallel between Christianity and the policies of the educational institution.  They are given a list of rules to follow regarding academics, dress code, and behavior.  They can then make an easy transition to interpret Christianity as simply a set of rules to keep.  They attempt to experience a personal relationship with Christ by keeping a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’.  The rap on college students who come from Christian schools is that the ones who get wild get really wild.  It may be because of the exhilaration they feel when they are freed from the weight of trying to abide by the rules using their own effort, rather than relying on the grace of God.

We often go shallow when teaching Christian principles to our students.  We want them to learn seven steps to successful dating or five ways to financial success.  In so doing, we offer them no more than they can find in the self-help section of Barnes and Noble.  They can get ‘an inch deep and a mile wide’ anywhere.  We find ourselves giving them what they want rather than what they need.  We allow them to stay in the shallow end of the pool rather than explore the treasures that can only be found in the deep.  Those who learn and then embrace the deep truths of the gospel are those who become great warriors and kingdom builders for Christ.

Christian teachers are tempted, just like all teachers, to entertain rather than educate.  Students would much rather hear stories from your personal life than study trigonometry or Shakespeare.  But succumbing to this temptation in Christian education is perilous to their educational as well as their spiritual development.  More often than not, we fail to challenge them because we underestimate them.  They are usually capable of diving much deeper than we realize.  Make no assumption that their intellectual capabilities are limited because their behavior is foolish.

I have learned over the years that there are treasures deep in the souls of my students that are not revealed in mere words.  Some are actually unaware of the gifts they harbor deep within. As an educator, I am dedicated to helping them discover what they are capable of; but as a Christian educator, I also want them to dedicate these discoveries to Christ the Savior.  They will then become great warriors for Christ and skilled builders of His kingdom.

I am so blessed to be a Christian educator.

 

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Why Is This Happening To Me? (Part 1)

 soldiers praying 1024x673 Why is this happening to me? (Part 1)

Every pilgrim on this journey must suffer some storms in life.  If you have lived long enough, you have suffered some pain, some heartache.  It is not if the storms will come, it is when the storms will come.

Thomas Paine, one of our early founding fathers, was seeing a storm approaching the colonies when he said:   “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country.”

How many young Christians have started out on the journey, only to be confronted by a treacherous storm and then threw in the towel, saying “This is not for me”?  They were ‘summer soldiers’ and ‘sunshine patriots’.  When they were eating the summer fruits and experiencing the thrill of victory after victory, they were happy and content.  But when they experienced their ‘Valley Forge,’ the ‘sunshine patriots’ were ready to quit.

Acts 27 is a marvelous piece of literature.  It tells the story of Paul and some other prisoners who were loaded onto a ship to be taken to Rome.  Paul must surely have doubted that he could be tried fairly for his Christian beliefs in pagan Rome. The future must have looked pretty bleak for him, but we don’t see Paul moping about the ship feeling sorry for himself.  Instead, Paul was transforming a desperate situation into an opportunity to witness to the scores of prisoners who were soon to be used as bait for the lions and entertainment for the masses.

Paul issues a warning:  “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. (v. 10, 11)

When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.”  V. 13-15

The men in this boat reached deeply into their maritime experience to try every trick they could think of in their attempt to survive.  First, they tried to bind the hull of the boat together with ropes to  keep it from splitting to pieces.  Then they began to throw cargo (wheat from Egypt) overboard in order to save themselves.

“When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.”  (v. 20)

How tragic it is when a soul has given up all hope.  Not long ago, Michael Jackson’s daughter tried to commit suicide. She had surely ‘given up all hope.’  But hope is always there in the worst storm, in the deepest valley. And sadly, people can’t see it; they can’t sense its presence, and some give up.

“My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

When the storm was raging at its worst, Paul rose up to speak:  “Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me  and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’  So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”  (v. 23-25)

What are some of the reasons this is happening to me?

1.  Sometimes we bring the storm on ourselves. God asked Jonah to go preach in Nineveh, but Jonah did an about face and high-tailed it to Tarsus, where he had an unfortunate encounter with a big fish.  We often bring the storm upon ourselves because of disobedience.

Paul was probably the only Christian on the boat.  He was a man of God.  But “instead of listening to what Paul said,” they took advice from non-Christians, from pagans.

I often see young people who are feeling anxiety about their future.  They gather about them a list of people who might give them advice, and this seems like a wise thing to do. But they often go down the list until they find enough people to tell them what they want to hear, and then they are off to do what they want to do.  This is foolishness dressed in wisdom’s clothing.

“When a gentle south wind began to blow,” they cast off.  Don’t be deceived by the “gentle south winds” in life.

We should first get on our knees before God and then seek council from those Christians who have learned lessons that can only be learned from being battered by the storms of life.

2.  Sometimes God brings storms into our lives.  He sent Job through a horrific storm.  He asked Abraham to sacrifice his own son.  There are many instances recorded in the word of God that indicate His willingness to subject us to great difficulties in order to test our faith.

Jesus told his disciples to get in the boat and cross the sea.  They encountered a terrific storm.  He knew they would.  The best learning takes place in the storm, not when the “gentle south wind” blows. The storms God brings into our lives are opportunities to bring glory to Him.

3.  Sometimes others bring storms into our lives.  I’ve done some marriage counseling for engaged couples.  A week before the marriage, they are basking in the ‘warmth of the south wind’.  The tempest has not yet come.  God sanctifies us in our marriages.  What better way to teach you the fruits of the Spirit than to match you up with someone NOT like you.  What magic is shared by the older couple that makes them so sweet after fifty years of marriage?  It wasn’t the “gentle south wind” that did it.  It was enduring and learning from the storms of life that created sanctified sweetness in their character.

I met a man a few weeks ago.  I observed him in the setting we were in for a couple of hours.  He has a severely handicapped granddaughter whom he and his wife have permanent custody of. I watched him love her and dote over her and constantly worry about whether she was comfortable.  It was obvious to me, as I watched, what impact the grandfather was having on the life of the granddaughter.  I left wondering what effect the granddaughter was having on the grandfather.  It must be a difficult trial to be burdened with someone so needy.

Several weeks later, I discovered that a lot of people in my circle knew this man.  He was associated with a former church that I was also associated with. I began to ask, “Do you know Mr. Taylor?”  “Oh yes, what a wonderful man of God.”   He didn’t become a wonderful man of God by accident.  He didn’t attain his deep spirituality and close walk with the Savior by basking in the “gentle south winds”.   There is little doubt he was purified by the fiery trials of his life.

If you have the courage to pray to be more Christ-like, expect to endure some very difficult storms.  The storm is God’s chisel to knock off the rough places in your character.

 

When It Can’t Get Any Darker

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It was my mother’s ambition to give my two brothers and I as many opportunities to see the world as she possibly could.  Though we were dirt poor, Mom saved every year so we could go on vacation in the summer.  One of these summer excursions led us into Mammoth Cave of western Kentucky. As a small child, I was amazed that a hole in the ground could stretch so far, nearly 400 miles.  I fantasized about being the one to explore parts of the cave where no man had yet been.

This summer, I provided my eight-year old-son, Kameron, with the Mammoth Cave experience.  He trembled with excitement as he took each of 300 steps downward into the cave.  He enjoyed the coolness of the cave as it held its temperature steady at 54 degrees.  He loved the stalagmites and the stalactites. “A stalactite holds tight to the ceiling and a stalagmite stands mighty on the ground,” his mother taught him to distinguish between the two.

Half-way through the tour, our guide gave us opportunities to ask questions. My son immediately raised his hand as if he were sitting in Ms. Merritt’s second grade class room.  I quickly pulled his arm down, fearful that he was going to ask where the nearest bathroom might be.  I asked him, “What were you going to ask?”  He replied, “Oh, I was just going to ask him to turn out the lights.” A few minutes later, Kam got his wish. They turned out all the lights for only a brief moment. It was Kam’s favorite part of the adventure.

The darkness of a cave is like no other darkness you have ever experienced. It is a total blackness that can generate panic in your breast. It is a darkness that seems to have weight, an oppressive darkness, something you wouldn’t want to experience alone.  This kind of utter darkness, the kind that prevents you from seeing your hand in front of your face, can be very disorienting.

In 1914, British explorer Ernest Shackleton set out to explore Antarctica with a crew of adventurous men. Shackleton’s plan was to land his ship, the Endurance, and walk across the South Pole.  His mission had to be aborted because the Endurance was unable to endure the polar ice.   Shackleton’s crew was stranded for months. Later, the survivors were asked to reveal the most horrendous difficulty they experienced in Antarctica. They answered that it was not starvation.  It was not the bitter cold, or the pain of frostbite.  The most horrible difficulty they faced was the darkness.  The sun doesn’t rise from mid-May to late June at the South Pole, making total darkness an unwelcome companion.

This deep darkness causes one to lose their sense of direction. You can’t see where you are going, nor can you see where you have been. It removes the natural time piece that helps us to measure our days. It will steal away one’s rhythm of life. It can bring about depression and loneliness and cause one to lose their sense of who they are.  It has been known to cause some men to go mad.

The sun is the source of all biological life.  Without its rays of light, we would all perish. The Bible often compares God to the sun. “For the Lord God is a sun…” (Psalm 84:11) Just as the sun is the source of all biological life, God is the source of all spiritual life. As long as the earth stays in its orbit around the sun, there will be life.  As long as our lives orbit around God, we will have spiritual life.  He dispels the darkness that seeks to invade our work-space, our marriages, our families, and our finances. When God is centered in our lives, we experience order and understanding. When God is no longer the center of our lives, we get disoriented in the darkness that pervades. Order is replaced by chaos, and peace is replaced by turmoil.

We practice idolatry when we try to replace God as the true source of light in our lives. We may feel a temporary satisfaction even though we ignore God in our pursuit of a career, or in our thirst for acceptance and popularity. Forbidden love and unbridled lust will certainly bring a temporary satisfaction; but eventually, we will discover that those things are not big enough to fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts.

Spiritual darkness can cause us to lose a proper perspective of who we are. You can’t see yourself when the light is turned off. You find yourself doing things you never dreamed you would do when you dwell in the dark. The darkness provides a false sense of security. Under the cover of darkness, you tend to believe that no one sees and no one knows and no one cares.  Loneliness becomes a companion to darkness as you become more and more isolated.  Prolonged isolation will lead to depression, and finally to disintegration.

A cave-like, polar darkness descended upon Israel the day Christ died.  But the darkness was finally lifted, and Christ was resurrected.  His resurrection demonstrates to us his power to save.  He is the Light who chases away spiritual darkness in the souls of men. He brings order out of chaos, peace out of turmoil, satisfaction out of frustration, clear direction out of disorientation, love out of hatred, and hope out of despair.

The hope of every Christian is rooted in His resurrection.  His resurrection rends the veil in two so we may enter the holy of holies.  His resurrection brings assurance to the Christian that death is only temporary, and eternal life awaits those who call upon the name of the Lord. His resurrection clears a path for us to find our way to heaven, where we will no longer need the light of the sun.  Instead, we will bask eternally in the light of his glory.

Why Liberals Hate Men Who Won’t Give Up Their Guns

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I don’t know why many Americans on the political left are embracing a system that has persistently failed throughout history. They love to cradle this system in words that sound warm and fuzzy and very appealing: cooperation, collective effort, common ownership, and mutualism. It reminds one of a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” Why are they convinced that they (modern progressives) can finally make this failed system work? They are in a collective stupor because they have overdosed on a drug called arrogance.

Their movement is full of contradictions. They vehemently oppose the western tradition of supporting “rugged individualism” and wish for all to join the herd and allow the government to shepherd us toward ‘greener’ pastures. The independent ones who choose to paddle upstream rather than go with the flow are ostracized and hated. However, they will compromise their own collective principles if an individual or minority group can bring political benefit to the progressives.

Thomas Jefferson defended the rights of the individual in the Declaration of Independence. He diligently studied the great British political philosopher John Locke. He practically quoted Locke word for word in his original version of the Declaration when he wrote that all individuals have a right to “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.” This comes from John Locke’s writings on natural law. Perhaps Jefferson was wishing to paint with a broader stroke when he chose to edit Locke’s statement when he penned the words “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The primary property John Locke was referring to was a man’s right to his own person. “Though the Earth…be common to all Men, yet every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself.” (First Treatise on Government) Some of Locke’s contemporary philosophers (Hume, Hobbes, and Rousseau) believed that property was created by the state and that therefore the state has sovereignty over the individual.  Modern progressives embrace the idea of sovereign government over the natural rights of the individual.

The modern anti-individualism movement is clearly on display in the left’s hatred for guns. An individual in possession of a gun expresses an independence that drives leftists nearly insane. The gun owner is expressing his individual right to protect himself, not only from other individuals of ill intent but also from a power-mongering government. The liberal senses an attitude in the “bitter clinger” that declares himself to be owner and defender of his own self. The gun control freaks are frosted when an individual refuses to call on and trust a collective government to protect him.

Social progressives detest women who find fulfillment in being wives and mothers. Liberal woman expect all female sheep to join the cause and collectively and competitively wage war on male society. Feminists celebrate enthusiastically when a woman chooses death through abortion. They have a seething hatred for those who would choose individual families over collective femininism. Women devoted to families are considered weak and disgusting. The “right to life” is selective and to be determined collectively rather than individually. While shouting that all women have a right to their own bodies, the feminist movement actually promotes the entire opposite. Sheepish females who have chosen to submit to the alpha females of the feminist movement must sacrifice their individual rights for the sake of the common ‘good,’ and their unborn babies must sacrifice their lives for the collective goal of feminism.

Progressive hate Christians and Jews because Judeo-Christian beliefs run contrary to socialist beliefs. They try to transform the Savior Jesus into some sort of social justice hero. But Jesus was no hater of children; he love the little ones and warned those who would kill them or corrupt them that “it would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck” (Luke 17:2) than to face the punishment stored up for those who destroy their own children.

Stay-at-home mothers or families that home-school their children are hated by progressives. This kind of independent behavior runs contrary to their teaching that “it takes a village” to rear children.

John Locke’s understanding of property rights helps us understand the bitter hatred of the left for those on the right who promote families, life, gun ownership, and homeschooling. Those who are reared in families that believe in the right to protect individual property, especially the right to protect one’s own body, represent the future failure of socialism in America.

Jesus taught a balance between individualism and collectivism. Eliminating one in an attempt to promote the other will lead to chaotic failure. Jesus asked his disciples as individuals to “take up their cross and follow him.” Then he taught them “not to forsake coming together in community.” I believe we can be a part of a community without sacrificing our individual rights.

Christians must beware of devoting themselves too fully to a secular cause or idea. Oswald Chambers said that “A man that is devoted to God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue; he is devoted to God himself.” (My Utmost For His Highest, p.123)

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Pretending To Love Jason Collins

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I suppose Monday, April 29, 2013 will go down in history as a great day for America.  Jason Collins (right in above picture) came out of the closet to announce to the world that he is a homosexual. He has been depicted as a “hero,” a “trailblazer,” and as “our Jackie Robinson”.  Kobe Bryant was one of the first to congratulate Jason for his courage.  Michelle Obama was quick to announce her support for Jason:  ”So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!”

Bill Clinton couldn’t help but bloviate on the controversial topic, declaring that Collins’ announcement was “an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community.”  In case you may have forgotten, this is the same president who signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 while he carried on a secret affair with Monica Lewinsky.  It was also Bill Clinton who signed the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which stated that an openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual service member would of necessity be discharged from the military.

Chelsea Clinton, a former classmate of Collins at Stanford University, tweeted her support:  ”I am very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA”.  Chelsea claims credit for helping her father finally ‘evolve to the truth’ about homosexuality.

Unfortunately, Bill Clinton represents the culture of America.  What was once condemned as wrong is now not only tolerated; it is enthusiastically accepted.  It is now ‘cool’ to be gay.  Were we wrong then and now we are right, or were we right then and now we are wrong?  Human nature does not evolve toward the truth; rather, it leans toward sin.  The Apostle Paul described his natural struggle with sin in his letter to the Romans.  (Romans 7:23-25)

Not to be outdone by the Clintons, Barack Obama weighed in on the matter through White House Spokesman Jay Carney:  ” We view that (Collins announcement)  as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country and commend him for his courage and support him.”  I am reminded of another call Obama made to Sandra Fluke to support her as she clamored for free contraceptives.  I also remember a call to the Occupy group that camped out on Wall Street to encourage their rebellion.  I remember a “beer summit” in support of Harvard Professor Henry Gates, who made unfounded accusations of racism against a Cambridge police officer.

Please wait while I pause….still pausing….thinking….trying to remember.  I can’t remember any calls to injured American servicemen.  I do remember a vague empty promise to get to the bottom of the Benghazi incident.  It certainly seems that we have a president who is more than eager to lend his support to divisive issues but feels little motivation to create patriotism and loyalty to the country he serves.

I know I’m going to get slam-dunked for what I am about to write.  It always happens when I express my opinion on this issue.  I don’t know Jason Collins personally.  It seems I would like him if I did know him.  Are those supporters of Jason Collins really expressing love for a friend?  Among those of us in Christian circles, we like to refer to it as ‘tough love’.  It is the determination to defend truth, even in situations where it generates pain.  Someone needs to tell Jason Collins the truth about homosexuality, not because they hate him but because they love him.

While nearly everyone will commend Collins for his courage to declare himself a homosexual, few will commend ESPN’s Chris Broussard for having the courage to tell the truth.  Who is a real friend of Jason Collins?  Is it Bill or Chelsea Clinton?  Is it Barack or Michelle Obama?  They are jumping on the bandwagon for political exposure.  They are like parasites leaching off of every individual who has found their way into the national spotlight.  Jason, your real friend is Chris Broussard.

The sports analyst expressed his opinion of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”: “I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality,” Broussard said. “I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin … that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he added.

(Please wait while I applaud….clapping hands…feeling proud…stilling applauding the courage of Chris Broussard.)

Earl Fowlkes is the president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, a group that supports black individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered.  He made a ludicrous attempt to compare Jason Collins with Jackie Robinson:  ”…he will be a little, miniature Jackie Robinson.”  The attempt of the homosexuals to hijack the Civil Rights Movement is outrageous.  Martin Luther King fought for rights that were being denied to those of a specific skin color.  Our race is predetermined before birth.

There is no scientific evidence that people are born gay.  Sexual orientation is not written in our DNA; it is more about how we define ourselves.  Ironically, Jason Collins has a twin brother who revealed that he was shocked when he learned his brother was gay.  With no evidence to support a genetic cause, we have descended to the level of granting rights for certain behaviors.  As you can only imagine, opening this Pandora’s Box will only lead to more confusion and controversy.

Chris Broussard is the lone voice crying in the wilderness.  Homosexual behavior is a sin that distresses the heart of a holy God.  If a holy God is to remain holy, he must one day administer justice for the sin of homosexuality.  Broussard added more truth to the issue.  He declared that all sex outside of marriage is sinful in the eyes of God.  As Christians, we love Jason Collins. We love him enough to tell him the truth.   We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)  Christians, to whom forgiveness has been granted through the Savior Jesus Christ, want to share this good news with whoever is willing to believe.

 

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