July 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm #941
Pastor, I’ve been reading about a bill working it’s way through the California Senate that several leaders of Christian Universities in California are very concerned about. I wonder if you have some thoughts on SB 1146.
Here’s what the President of Concordia University in Irvine, (a Christian University) recently had to say,
As currently written, California Senate Bill 1146 (SB 1146) would significantly challenge Concordia University Irvine’s—and all Christian colleges and universities in California—ability to continue offering a Christ-centered education to our students.
The most troubling provision of this bill limits the religious liberty to integrate faith and learning throughout the educational experience. The bill effectively eliminates the religious exemption under current law that allows religious colleges and universities of all faiths–Lutheran, Buddhist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jesuit, Jewish, Muslim, and Roman Catholic–to operate in accordance with their beliefs, including the freedom to hire only Christian faculty and staff. If passed without amendments, the new law would also very likely disqualify students attending California faith-based Christian colleges and universities from eligibility for Cal Grants, a key state-level student aid program.
Kurt Krueger, PhD
I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
PhilJuly 21, 2016 at 9:03 pm #943
Rev. Nelson CastorilloKeymaster
I want to respond to the question regarding the attack on religious freedom in two ways. First, the history of this country is based on the religious freedom. We know that due to religious persecution a group of English people from England fled to America. When they arrived in this country they openly practice their faith and were able to established their faith communities. It was through the effort of these religious people, who came to America, that democracy became a reality. They value education and the important role of the Bible in shaping the prevailing culture at that time.
This is what we remember every time we celebrate Thanksgiving. We cannot forget where we came from as a people of faith. Now, because of the political correctness and liberal agenda, specially, from people who think that religion is a hindrance to their happiness will do everything to destroy our religious freedom. People of faith and their leaders are called or labelled as bigoted people.
Secondly, and the more important response to the attack on religious freedom is the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 3:17 that says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord there is freedom.” No matter what happens this freedom will continue to flourish and develop. However, there are people in our society who will keep on attacking religion. They will not stop and they cannot be stopped.
My point is, we need to understand that what is happening, that this conflict is not simply an attack to our religious freedom but a clear spiritual warfare between good and evil, between black and white, between right and wrong, between heaven and hell, between all that is demonic and all that is divine. I will talk some more about spiritual warfare next time, meanwhile I want you to be aware of this reality.
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