Just down the street from our church-houses...
"For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace. Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, They shall be cast down," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 6:13-15)
(Tim) A few years after Yale was founded, a student spoke critically of one of Yale's tutors saying, "He has no more grace than this chair." Yale's response was swift: The student was expelled and, despite his apology (contra Wikipedia), Yale refused to reinstate him. Centuries later, Yale named one of her Divinity School buildings for this student. It's the only building ever named for a student who was expelled.
One of this student's contemporaries also attended Yale a few years earlier when Yale was just being chartered. At that time, Jonathan Edwards himself was caught up in the discipline of Yale's tutors. Their infraction?
They were promoting Arminian theology. Yale had been founded because of Harvard's betrayal of Christian doctrine, so no one involved in Yale's founding was about to let it happen again.
What does Yale discipline today?
This past year, a Yale art student regularly impregnated herself (artificially, with a syringe), then killed the babies she never knew by taking oral abortifacients--all of which she carefully documented with a video camera for display at a Yale art exhibition. Yale's administration was quite embarrassed and released a statement...
denying it ever happened:
The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body,” Yale spokeswoman Helaine Klasky said.
Everything, including the press release describing the child sacrifices, was “performance art,” Klasky said. Then, speaking of the artist, Klasky rebuked her according to Yale's moral hypocrisies today:
She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art. Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns.
The artist herself continued to assert she'd done everything she said. And of course, she had the movies to prove it. Responding to Yale's denial, she said Yale's administration was “ultimately inaccurate.”
Yale's come a long way from the early days when David Brainerd was expelled for speaking critically of one of his tutors and Jonathan Edwards spoke in his defense, to no avail. Yale's trustees wouldn't relent and Brainerd's expulsion stood.
Regardless of how many little babies this mother killed, note the world we live in. To say it's terribly wicked doesn't begin to touch the reality. We have given ourselves to the habitual practice of the very crime God Himself says is so terribly wicked it never entered His mind.
Meanwhile, our evangelical preachers crank up their marketing machines, inundating us with the statistics of their missional successes; our Christian school and homeschooled children are taught these United States are a Christian nation; our President and many hundreds of federal judges and legislators claim evangelical Christian faith; all three of our presidential candidates confess orthodox Christian faith; we have millions and millions and millions of Christians--hundreds of millions of them. In fact, in America today we have entirely removed Christianity's offense. Finally, we're able to say that to be an American and to be a Christian is really the same thing.
Bill Clinton's a Christian. Hillary Clinton's a Christian. Barack Obama's a Christian. John McCain's a Christian. President Bush is a Christian. Tony Campolo's a Christian. Brian MacClaren's a Christian. Bill Hybel's a Christian. Gilbert Bilezikian's a Christian. Robert Schuller's a Christian. Doug Coe's a Christian. Pope Bendict XVI is a Christian. I'm a Christian. You're a Christian.
Why, happy days are here again: We're all Christians.
And yet, there in the back of my mind is this passage from Scripture that has bound my conscience with unbelievable tenacity for over thirty years, now:
The Lord said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him. I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech and they fail to put him to death, I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech'" (Leviticus 20:1-5).
Have our good readers noticed the relative silence that ensues when this blog mentions the church's failure to stand against the slaughter of millions of unborn children just down the street from our church-houses? You can cut it with a knife.