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The time was ripe for Rosaria Butterfield’s recent book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: an English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. The time is ripe because everyone seems to be talking about homosexuality and same sex marriage. The church, or at least some of it, is struggling to be faithful to both the call to mission and a biblical morality. Some parts of the church focus on only one and lose sight of the other.

“I often wonder: God, why pick me? I didn’t ask to be a Christian convert. I didn’t ‘seek the Lord.’ Instead, I ran like the wind when I suspected someone would start peddling the gospel to me.”

While the subtitle focuses on Rosaria’s work as an English Professor, the first chapter makes clear that as an English professor she was a gay activist and lesbian who taught Queer Theory. Hers is an interesting story in many regards. It seems difficult to try and squeeze the first 36 years of a life into a chapter, albeit a long one, but that is what she does.

She was not looking to become a Christian. She felt no spiritual need. She was actually out to get Christianity or at least the Religious Right as part of her need to publish for her job. As she began to read the Bible things slowly changed. Just as important was a new friendship with one of those conservative Christians who happened to be the pastor of a local church.  It is an engaging journey as she is confronted with the truth of Christianity.

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I am well into Frame’s treatment of the Decalogue in The Doctrine of the Christian Life. He treats each of the commandments in terms of its strict interpretation and then in light of “good and necessary consequence” to follow the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism. Then he moves into contemporary issues that are connected to the particular commandment.

I will work through some of those contemporary issues in the next few months. I’d like to start with secular education which arises in his discussion of the 1st Commandment. This is not a condemnation of secular education. This is an issue sure to divide many Christians. Many Christians are wise and gracious regarding this issue; others … not so much.  Many parents have to consider the benefits and problems with homeschooling, private schools, charter schools and public schools with each particular child and in light of financial realities (I do advocate a school voucher system to help poorer families increase the education options for their children).

We do need to think through the issues, not just generally but also in terms of the local school system. Some are better than others in terms of openness to matters of faith, responsiveness to parents etc. So, I remain convinced there is no one answer that fits all situations as parents consider the education of their children. Fitting since this is the first day of school locally.

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