Are the sins of the father (or mother) the sins of the son (or daughter)?
"This week, 14-year-old Shay Clark was expelled from a Christian private school in California because her parents happen to be lesbians. "
This quote comes from an article I read on Yahoo! this evening and got me thinking about the hypocracy that exists in the world today. For those stumbling across this blog, allow me to state that I am a Christian and I do believe homosexual relations are sinful, however we are all sinful and in the eyes of God no sin is greater than any other. The standard of the Lord is perfection, one which none of us can attain.
So this young girl was expelled from a private Christian school in California due to the lifestyle of her mother. The lifestyle of her mother is in no way a reflection upon this young girl or her state of belief. The sin of the mother is being passed on by the school to be the sin of the daughter. A modern day playing out of what could be the old adage "the sins of the father are the sins of the son." A complete insult to the teachings of the Bible that this school claims to embrace.
Let me draw on some personal experience, yet it will unmentioned the cause of this or the reasoning because I don't share this part of me with anyone. However, I have done some studying and research on this area. In Christ, He who bore our sins on the cross and in who's righteousness we are clothed, are sins are forgiven. Even if one wants to hold onto the notion of gneration curses stemming from the Old Testament, those who place their faith in Christ have had their sin borne on the cross and are new creatures in Him. This would include any generational sin. So we know that the sins of the parents are not those of their children who profess faith in Christ.
It just burns me up to see such hypocracy and to use children as pawns in a powerplay political game between a sinful, self righteous Christian school leadership who believe the children should suffer for the sins of their parents. I disagree with the lifestyle of the parent this young woman, but it in no way shape or form can justify the actions of the school leadership in regards to the daughter. This is yet another example of the self righteous, pompous, chest beating pride all to common among many self professing Christians, because hey, they're sins aren't as bad as those they would impose judgement on.
May we constantly pray for humble hearts for our church leaders so as to avoid these situations and that children who are caught in the middle of such situations will not lose faith and find their shelter in the cross.