In what seems to be becoming a trend, there is yet another story in the papers about a Christian coming into conflict with her government employers:
A primary school receptionist, Jennie Cain, whose five-year-old daughter was told off for talking about Jesus in class is now facing the sack for seeking support from her church. (read more)
Reflecting on the recent cases, David Keen has written a very good piece which gets to the heart of the issue:
1 Peter encourages Christians to share their faith ‘with gentleness and respect’, the early church was deeply conscious of the suspicion of this ‘new religion’ from those around it, and there are repeated injunctions for the church to live a blameless life in order to win over those around it. As well as proclaiming the good news afresh in each generation, we also need to earn the respect of each generation by showing that Christian faith is a good thing, not a threat or a psychosis.
This is a tricky one. We need to stick up for the victimised, without creating a climate of fear where all Christians feel that someone at work is out to get them. It’s also hard to know whether these cases are the beginning of a process which will steadily erode Christian freedoms, or a few isolated incidents which are down to one or two personalities in specific jobs. It would be very sad if this whole area came to be governed by law and codes of practice, rather than by common sense and mutual respect.
You can read the whole piece here.