The good father; Lighthouse Christian Academy and the education of our children...

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Yesterday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee where she was hounded by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.).

Rep. Clark trotted out the case of Lighthouse Christian Academy here in Bloomington 1 which states publicly on its website their Christian commitment to honoring God by teaching the sinfulness of "homosexual or bisexual activity or any form of sexual immorality (Romans 1:21-27; I Corinthians 6:9-20)" as well as the practicing of "alternate gender identity or any other identity or behavior that violates God’s ordained distinctions between the two sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 22:5)." 2

Knowing no one was going to defend God or this policy...

that seeks to make explicit the meaning of the word "Christian" in "Lighthouse Christian Academy," Rep. Clark badgered Sec. DeVos with the question, is there any form of discrimination you would oppose?

Starting with her abuse of her sex, but rising infinitely higher to her hatred of God and His Moral Law, Rep. Clark was utterly repugnant. She kept talking over Sec. DeVos, making such a nuisance of herself that the subcommittee's chairman silenced her. She never rose to anything higher than bombast, reminding me of the Ephesians trying to silence the Apostle Paul by screaming "great is Artemis of the Ephesians" for two hours.

But there's a very important lesson here for Reformed Christians who make up far less than one percent of the population of these United States.

Almost the only battle worth fighting today is our defense of the religious freedom of fathers and mothers to discipline, instruct, and love their children in accordance with God's commands.

Rep. Clark went apoplectic over Lighthouse receiving $665,000 in government vouchers, but tell me: whose money is it?

It is our money. Our tax dollars. Christians should not have to pay taxes for the support of the education of their community's children, then be denied the use of those tax dollars for the education of their own children.

What Rep. Clark is calling for is the systemic oppression of Christians and their children by force of law. Nothing less.

At some point, this battle will have to be fought.

I know many Reformed Christians who don't care about this battle because they have chosen to stop making love to their wives. Like all the rich Evangelicals of the past sixty years, they are refusing to propagate a godly seed. After two or three little blessings, they sterilize their marriage beds, congratulating themselves on how much easier it will be to give their children a "good education" when there are only two or three of them to pay for.

These are the Reformed Christians who look down on Christian "breeders" for continuing to make love after the birth of their second or third little blessing. Have you ever stopped to notice that this is the only thing Reformed celebrities have in common, today? All of them choose education over fruitfulness.

The man in our church who knows construction best says it's all about backing yourself into a corner, then fighting your way out.

One good way to commit yourself to this battle is to go home and make love to your wife. Do it. Then do it again. Again and again.

God will bless you for your faith.

He'll bless you not only with a quiverful, but in time with Christian men and women who finally stand up and denounce Rep. Clark for oppressing Christian taxpayers and their children.

  • 1. My wife, Mary Lee, helped found this school, serving on the board and as administrator during its first years.
  • 2. The offending text appears in LCA's document, "Admissions, Information, and Policies," under the subheading "Biblical Lifestyle":
    • The Bible prohibits specific behaviors and limits marriage to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 5:22-33). LCA will instruct students in these teachings. Behaviors prohibited in the Bible include, but are not limited to:
    • • Heterosexual activity outside of one man-one-woman marriage. For example, premarital sex, cohabitation, or adultery (John 8:1-11; I Corinthians 6:9-20; Hebrews 13:4);
    • • Homosexual or bisexual activity or any form of sexual immorality (Romans 1:21-27; I Corinthians 6:9-20);
    • • Practicing alternate gender identity or any other identity or behavior that violates God’s ordained distinctions between the two sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 22:5);
    • • Sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites (Psalm 101:2-3; Matthew 7:12, Ephesians 5:3);
    • • Sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law (Matthew 18:5-6; Luke 18:15)...
Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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