Karen Pence taught art at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia for twelve years while her husband served as a congressman. Her office announced Tuesday that she “missed teaching art” and will be returning to her part-time position.
Here’s the problem: this Christian school teaches and operates by a Christian code of conduct.
Immanuel requires parents to agree that they and their children will not act in opposition to “the biblical lifestyle the school teaches.” Examples include “participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity.”
The school’s employment application requires employees to affirm “that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant union.” It defines “moral misconduct” that would disqualify employees as “heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, [and] any other violation of the unique roles of male and female.”
THE PROBLEM WITH ACTING ON YOUR FAITH
The writer claims that Immanuel’s stance “insults millions of taxpaying American citizens, many who have served their country. That it is acceptable to the wife of the man who is a heartbeat away from the presidency should horrify and alarm all Americans.”
Of course, Immanuel’s statements are expressions of basic Christian beliefs that have been affirmed for twenty centuries. For such orthodoxy to be branded “disgusting” is noteworthy.
Even more significant is the writer’s larger argument. He admits that the school “does have a legal right” to what he calls “its brand of hate.” He describes the Pences as “conservative, evangelical Christians who share beliefs about religion and politics” and concedes that “they have every right to do this.”
His point is that “it is deplorable for the wife of the vice president to work in this space.” Here’s why: “It’s easy to imagine, based on his pronouncements in the past, that if he could, Vice President Pence would create a sweeping policy to annihilate the progress of all LGBTQ communities.”
As a result, in the CNN writer’s view, the Pences’ biblical beliefs disqualify them from serving in political leadership. They can believe what they wish, but they must not act on their beliefs.
“NO RELIGIOUS TEST SHALL EVER BE REQUIRED”
We can expect this line of attack on biblical morality to escalate in the coming years.
A postmodern culture that believes all truth claims to be personal and subjective cannot easily reject a Christian’s right to his or her personal and subjective truth claims. But it can–and does–oppose a Christian who acts on such truth claims publicly.
Article VI of the US Constitution explicitly states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Did the framers mean that public officials must leave their values behind when they assume office?
Would they have wanted us to elect people who are willing to do so? How would we know which candidates to support if they are required to keep their values private or will not be permitted to act on them in office?
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Source: Christian Headlines