While anti-discrimination laws prevent gay students from being excluded from school activities, a group of students, parents and a teacher are hoping to do just that. According to Paige Preusse of NBC 2, At Sullivan High School, in Sullivan, Indiana, the group will be creating a separate prom that will ban gay students from attending.
As if the idea of excluding certain students from the prom wasn't enough, the group is attempting to do it in the name of Christianity. As one student put it, "We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be accepted." Helping to lead the charge is special education teacher, who serves as a shining example of the failure of public schools, Diana Medley. Said the public school teacher:
No I honestly don't [think gays have a purpose in life]. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it. A gay person isn't going to come up and make some change unless it's to realize that it was a choice and they're choosing God.
Local pastors have also shown support for the anti-gay prom. Of course anyone that is actually familiar with the Bible knows that what this group is proposing could not be further from the mission of Jesus.
Yes, in Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms the Old Testament truth that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Bible also states in Leviticus 18:22 that to practice homosexuality is a sin. However, overwhelmingly throughout his life Jesus made clear that he came with a message of love for all. In fact, Luke 5:32 tell us:
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Further, it was the sinners with which Jesus broke bread. He admonished the Pharisees for their belief that they were better than others and without sin. Clearly holy huddles were not Jesus' style. From the prostitute Mary Magdalene to Judas, the man who's betrayal would lead to him on the cross, Jesus excluded no one. Had he excluded sinners, Jesus would have found himself alone; because the fact is that no one, including folks in Sullivan, Indiana, is without sin. Lest certain groups think their sins are less than the sins of others, the Bible is clear on that issue as well. Romans 3:23 states, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." And is the result of sin different depending on the sin? No, Romans goes on to explain in verse 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." All sin leads to the same place, separation from God. Through Christ alone we are saved.
Those in Sullivan should be ashamed of themselves. Not only are they completely misrepresenting how Christians should behave, but they are giving those that haven't had the opportunity to know Jesus a horrible and wrong impression of his word.