On this blog, I mostly share my faith writing. I also write for a conservative political blog site where I wax political and I try not to take myself too seriously. I recently wrote an article entitled, Christians and Public Education: Should they mix?
I was ready for the fray with the article. In fact, I knew I was treading on dangerous territory because Conservatives, especially Christian Conservatives, hold strong opinions about public education. When I was a new mother I realized there were two topics I should avoid among a group of Christian parents: discipline and education. So my article did stir up many comments and strong opinions but I was ready for them.
However, my article brought up some emotions in me that I guess are still a bit raw. I knew other Christians would disagree with me but I forgot how vehemently opinionated Christians can be when defending their personal choices. It amazes me how Christians can have so much grace for the sinner but not for other Christians who happen to have a different perspective. It is the same spirit that I witnessed growing up in the ministry. A spirit of arrogance and defensiveness that overshadows the message of grace in the Christian community. An attitude that has turned people away from the church. It has caused many to see Christians as unloving and has stained hurt in the hearts of those just trying to figure out God’s will.
I don’t have it all figured out. Many times I doubt my choices in life but I do know that God’s will for our lives comes in all different shapes and sizes. There is no cookie cutter mold, outside God’s commandments and the realm of scripture, in which we have to follow just because we call ourselves followers of Christ. Instead he takes us and molds us into who He wants us to be. The hardest part is living out God’s mold, fit uniquely for us, amongst Christians who feel the need to point out that’s not how we should do it.