Earlier this week Professor Carl Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary posted another essay to verify the Christian church is quickly losing its privileged status in American culture.
The essay relates two stories.
The first is the story of Chad Vegas. Mr. Vegas is a widely respected school board member in the Bakersfield, CA public school district. Vegas has found that the convergence of state law, transgender social engineering, and identity politics has forced him outside the circle of public legitimacy. His biblically-shaped conscience forbids him to advocate and enforce new state laws which require gender neutral speech and practice in California public schools. To remain resolute and on the school board would invite significant legal action against himself. He has chosen to remain resolute off the school board.
In a letter to his church family, Vegas said:
"It is now law in CA that your children must be taught how to have safe homosexual sex, how to obtain an abortion, and that gender does not correspond to biological sex. Think of that! It is legally required to teach your children the LGBTQ sexual mores while simultaneously illegal to mention God. I can't and won't enforce that foolishness."
"But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one." Hebrews 10:32-34
"When they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus." Acts 5:40-42