The Left is once again shocked to learn that the Pences are Christian. It seems they learn this fact anew every few months or so and are freshly outraged every time it dawns on them. The epiphany happened again this week when Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, got a job at a Christian private school. This has elicited many outraged headlines across the mainstream media, and many shocked and appalled tweets and so on.
Of course, the stated reason for the outrage is not that Karen Pence, a Christian, is working for Immanuel Christian School, a Christian school, but that the school bans openly gay teachers and does not admit openly gay students. It also prohibits all other forms of sexually immoral conduct, including premarital sex. Teachers are required to officially affirm the Biblical position on all of these subjects.
But there is no difference between attacking Karen Pence for working at a Christian school and attacking Karen Pence for working at a Christian school that prohibits behavior contrary to Christian teaching. This is what every authentic and credible Christian school ought to do. The point is clear enough: if you are manifestly and in principle opposed to Christian morality, you obviously do not belong at a Christian school. In the same way, it would be reasonable to exclude you from attending or working for a Muslim institution or a Jewish institution if you reject Muslim or Jewish teachings, respectively. This is incredibly obvious and ought to be uncontroversial.
Here’s the dirty little secret about (legitimate) Christian schools: they are in the business of teaching Christianity. They teach other things, too, but always through a Christian lens. If you are not willing to impart or receive those teachings, then there are many other lovely educational options available.
It is important to pay attention to the backlash Pence is receiving here. The Left is revealing something and we ought to take the revelation seriously. For many years they claimed that they are not interested in suppressing or outlawing Christianity. Rather, they want to live according to their own beliefs without Christians shoving the Bible down their throats or forcing them to accept biblical principles. “Just keep your religion to yourself and you’ll be fine,” they assured us.
Well, I have always had a problem with the idea that religion is something we must keep to ourselves. Indeed, the Christian faith requires exactly the opposite. But in the case of Karen Pence and her new employer, they are doing exactly what the Left demanded. This school is merely trying to operate by biblical principles within its own walls and on its own property. It is a Christian school simply being a Christian school. It isn’t bothering anyone. It isn’t invading anyone’s home and lecturing them about their sexual behavior. It isn’t preventing anyone from working or living or enjoying their lives. It is just saying, very reasonably, very unobtrusively, “We are going to conduct ourselves according to Christian moral tradition. If you don’t want to accept that moral tradition, then by all means go somewhere else.”
This is exactly, precisely, the approach that the Left for years endorsed and insisted upon. But suddenly it’s a problem. Suddenly, even Christianity behind closed doors, on private property, in a private school, is a target of outrage and scorn. It was a lie all along. They were never planning to stop outside the walls of our homes and our churches and our schools. That’s just what they said to lull us to sleep.
Now the next phase begins.
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