There is this great scene in the Simpsons (anybody know the episode?) where a catastrophe is happening in Springfield. Flanders yells out, "The Apocalypse is here!" Upon hearing this declaration Flander's two sons, Rod and Todd, throw their hands into the air and joyously scream "Yayyyyy!!!"
Those two came to mind this week when I heard all of the Hoo-Haa going on over a court case in California regarding home schooling. There were Christians everywhere passing the word that California was going to force homeschooling parents to be certified or close shop.
"That sounds pretty far fetched" I would say, "are you sure that is true?"
"Absolutely! They are out to get us!" the person would reply and then go off to spread the good, I mean bad, news.
That is the sad thing, many Christian circles and ministries THRIVE on bad news.
My wife had come home Saturday from a homeschooling conference where the California situation was all the buzz.
Goodness! if it happened in California, it might happen here!!!
That's what happens when you remove prayer from schools!
Our founding fathers would not have put up with this!
We will fight all of this encroaching godlessness!!!
I am a public school teacher who has two kids who are home schooled by their mother (my darling wife). After hearing all the commotion, I did a quick Google search and found what I expected to find. It is no big deal.
An appellate court judge (not the state of California) made a ruling which applied to a child abuse case. The carry over could be applied to all home schoolers, but this is not the intent. The Governor and legislature are already taking steps to make sure there will not even be a bump in the road.
Sorry to take the fun out of it, but it is no big deal.
What this does speak to is the larger problem of Evangelical Exaggeration . There are many individuals and ministries in the Christian community who desire contention. Before a story is clear, they have assumed the worst. Like Rod and Todd, they welcome dark days.