When we stand before the Judgment Seat, we will have retained only two things from our earthly life: what God gave us, and what we did with what He gave us.
Making a personal apology is being polite.
The discussion is not about individual mistakes (although it seems that this is where the two of you want to take it).
It's about government (mostly school systems by the links) policies, preventing free speech.
Other than the link that V pointed out, there really is no discussion to be had about institutions having their policies upheld when challenged.
But if someone is going to pull out one verse out of context to control another person's expression of faith, I am going to call them on it. If you think that is a characteristic of anger and bitterness, you need to check your own heart.
Unhappy is he who mistakes the branch for the tree, the shadow for the substance.
As for the case itself, the student didn't seem particularly well-informed when it comes to gender issues, so I can understood (partially) why the school did what they did, although I do think they went overboard. But is this anything different than what Christians schools do when they do disqualify students on matters of belief or lifestyle? It just seems like a double-standard. Maybe there's something I'm missing.
Would I go out of my way to stand in front of a high school football game, go up to the announcers booth, grab the mic out of the hand of the play-by-play announcer and start a sermon? Of COURSE not - why WOULD I?
Would I talk to the person next to me? Certainly - no qualms at all.
In answer to your question - Christian schools are not tax funded - they are privately funded and the administration or denomination does indeed have complete control over what they teach and how they teach it. I remember a news account a while back where a Catholic school terminated an unmarried lay teacher when she told them she was pregnant. I have no issues with that decision. She KNEW the "rules" when she took the job.
Hope that helps explain that a bit.
What I'd posted was actually Jesus giving instruction countering this,
New International Version (NIV)
Giving to the Needy
6*“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2*“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3*But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4*so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Sorta like, denouncing public display of those things that should be done in private.
I believe that bowing ones head with hands clasped in prayer, when done in public, would qualify as a public display, wouldn't you?
Show me the twist you're referring to.
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