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BC and Strange Bedfellows

Updated: Jun 25, 2022

For those who care to hear my opinion, here is my nuanced perspective on the recent persecution of Bethlehem College. Much has been said already, and much of it has been good, but I believe I have some important things to say that I don’t believe have been said yet.



I want to begin by saying that I understand why the homosexuals don’t like their tax dollars being used to propagate the Christian worldview because I hate my tax dollars being used to propagate theirs. I don’t want to advance their gaydom as much as they don’t want to advance Christ’s kingdom. And I don’t even like it that my tax dollars are going to this particular Christian school that recently “let go” teachers who did not comply with the vaccine mandates. Yes, Bethlehem College did that. Me and the homo’s both think that it sucks that BC discriminates, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be forming any alliances anytime soon. Clearly, not all discrimination is equal.


Good Discrimination


Every educator, if they are any good, has to teach his or her students how and when to discriminate, because the ability to wisely discriminate is a key component of being a mature adult. Pencils belong on paper, not up the nose, and we would hope that a teacher would correct a student who insists on fishing out his bogies with a writing tool. This is not only because a greasy pencil is disgusting, but because a pencil in the nose can cause nasal damage. Likewise, a penis doesn’t belong in the nose. You might call me a bigot, but I firmly believe that all forms of nasal sex should be prohibited.


Those people who recently claimed the rainbow as their symbol, believe in discrimination too. They believe that schools that teach the Christian sexual ethic should be passed by when the government is divvying out their... I mean... our cash. Fair enough. I don’t want government money going to Muslim schools, State schools, or even Christian schools, because the state should not be involved in propagating a worldview through education. That is not what God intended for the state to be doing (Romans 13). That is the role of the family and the church.


How to Fund Christian Education


The solution, which I don’t hear any other Christians in NZ suggesting, is that all funding for schools should come from those who want to propagate the ideas of that school. So, if people want to send their kids to the woke school down the road, they should be free to do so if they want to pay for it (but what a waste of learning time that would be, seriously). Send your kids to BC, but don’t expect Labour/Green voters to pay for it.


It is a radical idea for most Christians to think of defunding the NZ Department of Education, but that’s because Christians have become statists. Without government schools, the young Māori kids will go straight to the gangs and will eventually be a problem in our communities, they say. I believe that young Māori in this country would do far better if they were educated by their whanau, or in private schools that were led by their communities, not by some unknown teacher who in turn is governed by a set of rich know-it-all bureaucrats in some high and distant office in Wellington.


So… does BC have the right to define marriage biblically? Yes, and they should. Should they, and other Christians, be surprised that we are being edged out of the pluralistic, educational funding machine? No. Should we want to be part of that problematic arm of the government? If we want to lead by example, that is, live righteously and above reproach, the answer is no. The government should not be propagating religion, whether it is our own or others.


To those who say that an education can be given in a religiously neutral way, I believe you have a deficient view of education. An education must include the teaching of wisdom, or else interpreting the world becomes impossible, and the Christian knows that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.


The Pride Month Predicament


Though I kinda sided with the gays earlier, I should state it for the record that I am firmly on Bethlehem College’s side this pride month. We can and should evaluate the marriage statements and vaccine mandate issues separately.


They are the first Christian institution to have faced what I believe will be an annual pride month predicament, and I am glad to support them in their stand. They have been a voice for biblical marriage in a culture that needs to know that some New Zealanders still believe in it. Their bad press serves our cause, in my opinion. They have reserved the right to teach Christian sexual ethics at their school and I’m glad that they are not backing down.


My advice to them now… teach Christian sexual ethics. Teach on the perversity of sodomy, as the Bible presents it. Call it an abomination in the sight of the Lord (Leviticus 18:22). If we only say “marriage is between one man and one woman,” without teaching the detestable nature of homosexual sex, it will seem to the world that God is arbitrarily prohibiting some orifices from the sex act without considering the love that two humans may have for each other.


Recovering Biblical Rhetoric


Because of the times, we must take down the lovely facades that the world gives to shameful and destructive behavior. The Bible goes so far as to say that the desire for that kind of sexual intercourse is rooted in dishonorable passions.


"For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."(Romans 1:26–27)


If God gave a man the sexual desire for another man, then He gave that man permanent sexual frustration or an anus for destruction. The anal cavity is made for sex as much as the nasal. God does not give perverse desires to have sex with any exit passage. The father of lies, who came to steal, kill, and destroy, entices men to do evil. For this reason, we cannot let them say, “you were born this way,” because if it were true, God, being in control of all things surrounding someone’s birth, would have put them on the harmful path to bodily destruction.


They need to know that the homosexual groomers who put up the facades won’t be there for them when they’re in hospital with a prolapsed anus and a ton of regret. God, through his law and the light of nature, would keep them from that horrible fate.


You might be asking, why have you chosen to use all this disgusting and provocative language? It is very intentional. At one point in time, it would not have been so necessary to stress the perversity of homosexual sex, but Home And Away, Shortland Street, and Coro, have led even Christians to believe it is one of many normal and healthy lifestyles. These shows do not, nor could they, show the painful results of this sin.


A Time For Prophets


This being the case, we have a job to do. We might have to become a spectacle like the prophets of old, but that is how it is done.


"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light." (Ephesians 5:11-14)


Homosexuals will become Christians when, by the grace of God, they see their sin for what it is and take hold of the only one who can save them from it – Jesus Christ. By his wounds we are healed from even the most damaging sins (Isaiah 53:5). He can give the sinner a crown of beauty in the place of ashes (Isaiah 6:3).



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puttyandchippy
Jun 23, 2022

Part of tearing down the facades, as you so aptly put it, is to stop using the word gay. As a woman who is called Gay I find it so offensive that my name is used to describe something so abominable.

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jaredrrolston
jaredrrolston
Jun 24, 2022
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That is unfortunate. John's are being pooped on too. And those poor Karen's. I'd like to do my part in altering the meaning of Gay for you but I'm afraid detaching definitions is a bit harder than flicking on the lights to expose what happens in the Gay bars.

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Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett
Jun 23, 2022

Well written, we must have the courage of lions in these days and I see you do .

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