I am convinced that the Glenn Beck show on Fox TV Channel is preaching more than teaching. But that’s ok with me, because I feel I need it. My personal opinion of our government these days is pretty bleek. I am thinking more grounded, more personally honest, and professionally committed to doing what’s right.
His interview with two Christian pastors yesterday was an eye-opener for me. The pastor from the Bronx part of New York City made reference to a Supreme Court decision in 1972, the Wisconsin v. Yoder case, that charged three Amish parents with denying their sons an education beyond the eighth grade.
The Amish do not accept court decisions in their faith and choose to ‘turn the other cheek’ in principle. But in this case, where the state violated the free exercize clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, they got help from their community’s extended family for probono legal representation and defense.
Though the county and appeals courts sided with the state, the state supreme court reversed the ruling. So when the state appealed to the US Supreme Court, there was such a powerful presentation of the family’s conviction to their faith and customs, that it had to draw the line with the eighth grade. Any higher schooling apart from their home, was in conflict, and they had a right to do this legally.
The pastor on the Glenn Beck show told about the weight of two words that expressed the force behind the decision. Preference means a choice of activities, obligations, or commitments that are common to our daily lives. After-school sports is used here up to the point of when such activity is over, it’s over, and we go into something else, because it was our preference.
In our military, today, there is a well over-blown issue of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I wish to use this repealing of DADT as overblown, because it is a personal preference that the military community has formerly chosen to deny. Now, it appears that after many concerted attempts, such restrictions are found publically as groundless. And the preferences of our citizens generally are to be elevated above moral convictions.
Convictions were expressed here as the moral fiber of the Amish family, and that the fathers were generally true to their convictions to oppose the conflicting curriculum of the Wisconsin Department of Education. The Supreme Court was unanimous (nearly, 6-1) regarding the life long conviction to raise children in the nurture and admonition of their God. No state law was going to prevent that.
For our city of San Franacisco, we choose daily to be faithful to our God and State. As Americans we are growing into the conviction that our Nation is all we have in the world. If we don’t get convicted to make it work for us … we will lose it. And when it’s gone into a global government, being Americans will mean nothing more than a one-time preference.