Apparently there was quite a moment to behold at the Brandon High School football game Friday night. When the high school marching band was told they could not perform the hymn “How Great Thou Art” a lone voice from the crowd stepped in. Like something straight out of a movie, one by one others joined the planned gesture until most of the crowd was on their feet singing to heaven.

And truthfully, I am moved by it. Here we have an example of Christians sharing their beliefs legally, and I applaud them for it. Even if they still have no understanding whatsoever about what is going on.

This Fox News article offers some community thoughts on the matter.

“This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to be from the South,” Miss Mandy told me. “We are getting tired of being told to sit down and shut up. People are ready to fight back.”

Your school’s marching band plays a hymn during the half time show. When told not to play, the audience broke into that hymn as a show of support. Most of your community is Christian. Lady, something tells me that you have NEVER been told to sit down and shut up about Jesus.

This woman actually believes as a Christian in a Christian-dominated community, that Christians are the underdogs in a battle against secularists. How on earth does one come to such a conclusion? The author of the article adds, “Miss Mandy is absolutely right. The time has come to stand up to the secularists. The time has come to put an end to their cultural jihad.”

Umm….has anyone in this community looked around and taken a good, sound assessment of who exactly controls the culture here? Holy crap. The secularists are not in charge of anything in your community. Should we do a head count of how many people participated in that little sing-along? What percentage support do you suppose you have….ninety percent? Ninety-five?

Sure, there are a few scattered souls not standing in that video. Are these the oppressors you are battling? If so, I have good news! You’re clearly winning.

As you all know by now, I used to tour the country infiltrating schools for Jesus. There are public schools in the south that asked us to play our Christian set at the school assembly, and sometimes the principal would open the assembly in prayer. At the time I thought, “how lucky for these students” because I was young and stupid.

I had not yet met non-Christians who grew up in this type of environment, where believing in anything but one town’s version of Christianity is simply not an option. Now I know who the underdogs really are in these situations and that they do need someone to stand up for them. Today there are few things I feel more strongly about than separation of church and state.

But keep fighting your imaginary enemy, persecuted Christians, because sometimes you get what you wish for. Without stunts like these I wouldn’t know you existed. I wouldn’t be outraged that the bullies of your community are actually trying to paint themselves as underdogs. I wouldn’t want to support the one percent of your community who doesn’t have a voice, because I wouldn’t be aware of them. But now I am. And so are many others like me. And you know what? One day you may just wake up to an actual fair fight on your hands.

 

8 thoughts on “A Secular Cultural Jihad in Mississippi?

  1. I live in Mississippi. In America we have 3 times as many churches as there are schools and yet, they feel entitled enough to complain that they can’t play a Christian tune at a public, government funded high school.

    I can tell you one thing — had this tune been about Allah, there would have been a riot in that football field by evangelical Christians.

    1. If secularists were really winning there, then obviously a song for Allah would have been sung from the bleachers. Personally, I think that is what they are asking for. If only there could be a rival school’s secular band director who wanted to play this game…..but I highly doubt that person exists. Not in Mississippi, anyway.

  2. Great, great post.

    It’s another Christian victim complex thing. Next they’ll be saying things like Jesus warned them they’d be persecuted and look! We’re not allowed to inflict our religion on everyone.

    Secularism protects everyone. Including Christians.

    1. If the biggest threat to your faith is that someone would question its authority to reign as law of the land in a country that is not even a theocracy…. then you absolutely can never claim that you and your faith are the underdogs in any scenario.

  3. I just got on FB and this article from Neil was in my feed.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/2015/08/24/my-school-system-really-doesnt-get-what-the-establishment-clause-means/

    How can people, like Starnes, look at themselves in the mirror every day. Just disgusting how he lied and deceived so many on World News. You wrote:

    Here we have an example of Christians sharing their beliefs legally, and I applaud them for it.

    I’m a little confused by this statement. The reason why the school told the band director that the band couldn’t perform that song was because the judge ruled it was in direct violation of the separation of church and state. The had already held religious assemblies at the school and gave out Bible. So what part was legal from your standpoint?

    1. And if I had read his great post first, I may not have bothered writing this 🙂 What can I say? A Christian posted that story on Facebook this morning, and sometimes I react with passion….

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