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Students Expelled for the Sins of their Mothers

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Columbus Academy of Central Ohio is one of the premiere private high schools in the nation. With an annual tuition of over $30K a year, you would think common sense and academic excellence would reign in their hallways. However, based upon the recent expulsion of three students due to the concerns of their mothers, one has to wonder what is happening inside the classrooms of America’s preparatory academies.

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. 10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [[morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers], Galatians 6:9-10.

Curious minds want to know, what exactly did these two mothers do? How bad could their behavior have been to have their children kicked out of school. These two mothers founded the Pro-Columbus Christian Academy Coalition. Instead of gossiping or slandering their school, these two women wanted to be advocates for change in a positive way. The goal of this coalition was to stop the bigotry and return this school back to academic excellence.

And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening], 2 Thessalonians 3:13.

When these two parents didn’t shut up and go away, a female headmaster in cooperation with a male school board president expelled these 3 girls for the sins of their mothers. In a feature by Tucker Carlson of Fox News, the full context of this story has come to light. From a biblical point of view, the apostle Paul regularly told first century Christians to not become weary in doing what is right. Even if this means having your children expelled, these two women did what was right in God’s eyes. Perhaps, their example will inspire others to do the same.

by Jay Mankus

Situational Ethics

When you stop for a moment and take a look at what’s really going on in the world around us, its head scratching.  Students killing or sleeping with teachers?  The glorification of abortion, giving woman who are pregnant the legal right to destroy human life?    Lying as a religious practice to deceive curious minds about to realize the truth?  Copy cat school shootings, seeking 15 minutes of fame?  Nudity on public television and in prime time?

The only logical explanation for these bizarre acts is a growing phenomena, known as situational ethics.  Instead of maintaining a set of moral absolutes, where there is a clear distinction between right and wrong, situations are now giving individuals other rational choices.  Thus, in the heat of the moment or deep within the context of your trial, good excuses for sin can be made.  Dictionary’s refer to situational ethics as a system that evaluates acts in the context of their circumstances rather than by a set of moral standards.

This concept is nothing new as Jesus indirectly mentions it during a famous sermon found in Matthew 5:21-26.  Referencing the 6th commandment, the Lord chooses the word murder, not kill.  Thus, in war, killing is acceptable since the situation dictates a kill or be killed mentality.  When war breaks out between nations, right and wrong is turned upside down.  How then can someone know what is right or what can individuals rely on for a moral compass?

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis devotes an entire chapter entitled Some Objections.  Lewis talks about the Law of Human Nature which states “human beings have a curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain manner guided by their conscience, but despite these inclinations to do the right thing, they do not follow this law, breaking it through deviating behavior.  Beside war, the herd instinct, self-preservation  and motherly love steers people to take drastic measures based upon the extant of the storm or situation.

Today, these factors have blinded innocent hearts, naive minds and desperate souls from looking beyond the here and now.  With tomorrow hard to reach for many, ethics don’t seem that important as surviving today is the goal.  In John 18:33-38, a governor called Pilate called for a private meeting with Jesus.  In his heart, Pilate knew Jesus was innocent.  In fact, his own wife had a dream telling her to warn her husband about Jesus.  Although the clear response was in view, the situation urged Pilate’s own sinful nature to do the wrong thing.

Life is like years of trial and error.  I’ve spent 44 years getting it wrong day after day.  Yeah, the easy thing to do is blame the situation or the hand you’ve been dealt by God.  However, the temple within you expects more, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.  May the God above your situation take you to a better place this Christmas season.  Reach out to the One who can so you the way, John 14:6.

by Jay Mankus

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