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Topic: Melody (08/24/06)
TITLE: Flunking Christianity
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“Mom, I need ten more minutes! I’m almost done!”
“Ten more minutes is not almost done,” her mother muttered under her breath. “Fine, but you’re walking to school!”
“It’s five miles! You can’t be serious!” Melody stuck the earring into its appropriate hole and jumped down the stairs. “And don’t you dare start your sentence with ‘when I was your age’, okay? Every teen knows that when people were our age, they walked barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways, five miles there and ten miles back. This frankly, makes no sense.”
“Maybe you should apply your sense of sense to sociology today; I got a call from your teacher.”
“He’s out to get me, Mom. He’s an atheist, and whenever I say something about religion, he cuts me off and moves to someone else. He gave me an ‘F’ on a paper because I used God as an example in almost all of my answers. He said that it didn’t stick to what we learned in class.”
“That’s just being ridiculous, honey. He’s not after you because you’re a Christian. You’re starting to sound like your father. Here’s your breakfast. Sit; eat.”
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It may seem far-fetched but there are just too many morning conversations exactly like this that go on in Christian homes. As Christians, we are called to love everyone as Christ did, and to not pass judgment, but as a human being, we are required to be aware of what’s going on out there. The case noted above about the teacher is true; it’s happened before, but it’s a crime, a fringe on an American’s freedoms, and the student can easily turn him in for his abuse of power. However, many won’t and don’t because they’re afraid. Don’t be afraid; stand up for what you believe in, and please, please, please, and please, don’t be in the dark. Be informed about what’s going on in the world; Christianity is taking a beating and we need to know more about it.
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