Dear Immanuel Family,
When Jonathan Lopez signed up for a speech class in 2008 at Los Angeles City College he didn’t know that one of his speeches would explode in his face. Being a Christian, he decided to use the speech as an opportunity to tell how God had impacted his life. Part way through his speech the professor began mumbling so loud in the back of the room that Jonathan had to ask him to lower his voice. The professor then exploded and announced that the speech was over and those who were offended by it were free to leave. No one moved, at which time the professor shouted, “Class dismissed.” (Read Jonathan’s whole story at: http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/Faith-and-Justice/7-3/CoverStory)
More and more, those who live out a Christian world view are going to feel the reaction of the secular world around them. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Ephesus, said, “You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. (4:17-19). I suppose that we should not be surprised that Jonathan got the response that he did from his professor. How can we expect Godly behavior from people who haven’t experienced the grace of God in their lives.
Next Sunday, November 30, at 6:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall, we will be showing the movie, God Is Not Dead, which was based on several cases like Jonathan Lopez’s. More often, especially in our educational institutions, there is an intolerance to students expressing and practicing their Christian beliefs. This reminds me on a lesser scale of the days of Daniel and his friends when they replied to the king, “He (God) will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Dan 3:17,18).