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Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage:
- Sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia.
- Sanctity of marriage – same-sex marriage and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
- Sanctity of the family – divorce, spousal and child abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and absentee fathers.
- Judicial activism (Supreme and lower court decisions).
- Revisionist education in the public schools.
- The perceived rise of Socialism and one-world government trends.
- Attacks and media bias against Christianity.
- And much more…
After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Tomboy sparks public controversy
By Holly L. Meade
Sunnie Kahle has short hair and enjoys collecting coins, hunting knives and autographed baseballs. However, the eight-year-old Lynchburg, Virginia girl has left her private, Christian school apparently after administrators complained that her appearance was “not sufficiently” feminine. Yet, Jeff Abbett, administrator of Timberlake Christian Schools, was “heartbroken” that Sunnie’s guardians took the issue public and withdrew her from the school.
Doris Thompson, Sunnie’s great-grandmother and legal guardian says, “Sunnie realizes she’s a female, but she wants to do boy things. She wants to play rough and tough.” Thompson has raised Sunnie since she was an infant and when Sunnie turned five, she asked for a short haircut.
“She had hair down to her waist and she wanted to give it to a child with cancer,” Thompson said. “After we cut her hair she started wanting to wear jeans and a T-shirt. She didn’t want to wear her frilly dresses anymore.” Thompson said Sunnie maintained a 4.0 average in her academic work and the only disciplinary issue that she might have caused was that she wanted to wear boy’s pants as part of her school uniform.
Elementary principal Becky Bowman sent home a letter last month reminding Doris and Carroll Thompson of the school’s religious affiliation and its policy of refusing students who contradict a “biblical lifestyle.” Bowman wrote, “We believe that unless Sunnie and her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.”
“To claim that we are condoning sexual immorality in our home is nonsense,” Thompson said. “We are Christians. We understand the Bible. Sunnie knows it very well. She has accepted Christ.” Thompson says Sunnie is simply a tomboy and that she’s too young to understand sexual orientation or gender issues.
Liberty Counsel, a Christian nonprofit legal group, released a statement on behalf of Timberlake Christian School stating the claims made by the Thompsons were either “inaccurate… or were quoted out of context.” The statement clarified that Timberlake Christian School is a ministry of the Timberlake Baptist Church and both institutions “believe in the authority of the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God as an infallible guide for our lives. The faculty and staff of the School love S.K. (Sunnie) and wants what is best for her as a person created in the image of God. We are deeply dismayed over the inaccurate and public nature of this situation and the false and inaccurate reporting.”
Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Matt Staver also quoted a verse from Proverbs that he thought perfectly described the situation: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”
That word examines is literally to “search and to diligently test or scrutinize to find what is hidden.” Of course, any wise person should always hear both sides of a story before making a judgment. In the case of Sunnie Kahle, obviously there are more details than what is revealed through the media. Yet, it is important to acknowledge what is really important from God’s perspective—the heart of an eight-year-old child.
Author and theologian Dr. James Richards says, “The hearts of children are extremely vulnerable. Childhood is supposed to be the time when we develop a healthy view of ourselves and our world. However, healthy perspectives do not happen because a child is given the right information; they are the result of how a child is made to feel. God created us so that our childhood would be a time of constant learning and developments. This means every experience a child has can potentially affect his or her heart.”
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Jesus reveals that little children have hearts that are pliable enough to admit the need to grow, change and develop. Adults, on the other hand, often insist they can see and so remain in their blindness.
Sunnie says, “I should just be able to be me and not let them worry about it.”
As you seek God in prayer today, remember Sunnie, her family and the faculty and students of the school. Ask Him to write the truth on their hearts and reveal their identity in Jesus Christ.
Holly Meade is a communications specialist, writer, speaker and teacher with a master’s degree in mass communication. She has extensive experience in creating and producing content for radio, television and the Internet.
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