Is it possible for an adolescent to be influenced by the “competition of religious values: with the example of their teachers’ social behaviors?
The Chicago Tribune article titled: ‘It’s a competition of Catholic values’: Suburban Catholic school conflicts over gender pronouns, same-sex marriage highlight tension between church and flock, present a conundrum of the above question.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom Bible verse and an idiom to this conundrum.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. (Proverb 13:12)
The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
Bible Corinthians 11:1 NIV
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Idiom – Do as I say, not as I do
Meaning – Follow my advice but not my example. Don’t do wait I say do what I do
What’s My Point?
My point is the Catholic Church believes in the teachings and example of the life of Jesus Christ wisdom and love.
Marriage – “Have you not read that He Who made them in the first place made them man and woman? 5 It says, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will live with his wife. The two will become one.’ 6 So they are no longer two but one. Let no man divide what God has put together.”
Catholic Church Beginning – “Upon this rock I will build my church”?
My point is the Catholic Church, or any religious beliefs are not a political entity’s. History has recorded how political stances blow around over time, same as the wind in different directions based on ever changing views of a human King’s whims or majority votes in a Democrat Republic..
The reason for contemporary Catholics to believe they can pick or choose what to believe is because far too many have never been taught in depth understanding of the faith as evidenced by a protestor statement as follows
“It was the second protest in a week targeting the LGBT policies of suburban Catholic schools, and Amber, who left the church over its political stances, said its resistance to change was endangering its future.”
The church believes Marriage is a Sacred Sacrament blessing between a man and women, not a ‘political stance’ as describe by the Chicago Tribune writer. Catholic religious beliefs are based on the rock and example of Jesus Christ’s teachings He knew would not be an easy task to accomplish because of political stances according to this Bible verse.
Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ (Matthew 10: 34-36)
Biblehub Excerpt Barnes Commentary of Above Verses
Christ did not here mean to say that the object of his coming was to produce discord and contention, for he was the Prince of Peace, Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 11:6; Luke 2:14; but he means to say that such would be one of the effects of his coming. One part of a family that was opposed to Him would set themselves against those who believed in him.
In other words, the Church teachings are based on a rock, and will not blow around over time like the wind of political stances of vacillating manmade laws and ‘political stances’ that have led to some very sad examples of human folly in history, and in my opinion, in our contemporary times.
In My Opinion
The Pope’s view of marriage and LBGT is: “he also affirmed the Catholic Church’s traditional stance on marriage: In the church, it is a sacrament reserved for a man and a woman.”
Problem is the view of the Supreme Court is the opposite which serves to confuse a child who at the most vulnerable time in life may be influenced to believe something otherwise.
Add that if a child attends a public secular school, it is unlawful to teach religious values of marriage.
But for some reason beyond my comprehension, it is unlawful for a private religious school in the USA to be an example that marriage is between a man and a woman and not allow a child to be influenced by a teacher social behavior which is opposite to a church sacred sacrament.
In other words, the Supreme Court of the USA decision was foolish and should be reverted back to civil unions instead of marriage. Same as slavery was once another pollical stance rather than in accordance to Gods law by some who were never taught in depth in a religious school to understand the teachings of Jesus Christ, and are now being influenced by political correctness, which a form of a ‘political stance blowing about like the wind in our contemporary times.
Is the idiom another example of how a child can be influenced to conform to political correctness of mans laws being taught to influence them to pick and choose God’s laws.
Can King Solomon’s above verse about death, or various types of endings of both people and Nations which have occurred in history and mankind who engaged in political stances that blew away around like the wind, be applied to this conundrum?
Would school choice of school vouchers help the young impressionable youth to be taught to discern and emulate the rock-solid wisdom and love understanding of their Maker instead of the political stances of man’s many sad examples of folly as recorded in history because “the way appeared right,” perhaps to him, but perhaps not his Maker: “Let no man divide what God has put together.”
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Excerpt – Pope Francis – Marriage
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