I am finding myself severely limited in my time for blogging these days. I hope it is only a temporary situation. Nevertheless, I find that I am commenting only only 5% of the things that I think “I should blog on that”.
One thing that I thought “I should blog on that” today is the rather immoderate and irrational fear of what is popularly called “proselytisation”, but is, in fact (as I said in an earlier comment) merely Christian evangelisation – Christians doing what Christians do. This fear is particularly evident in the current debate on Religious Education in schools. The fear is that if Christians are allowed to speak about their faith to those of tender age, the well-being of the said “tender aged” may be under threat.
Are the secularists fearful that the “childish beliefs” of Christians might actually be appealling to their children? Are they afeared that the mere chance that their offspring (or anyone else’s) might overhear the Good News of Salvation in Christ Jesus would be enough to ensure that they will be enraptured by it and commit their little hearts to it? Such things happen, of course. Childhood conversions are not unknown. Cardinal Arinze, who converted to Christianity at the age of 9, a good case in point.
Is there something in the ethics statutes which says that one should preach the Gospel to All Nations, but not to those under 18? (It would seem from this article and this one that even some Christians think the answer to this question is “yes”). Or is it that the parents of these little ones are worried that little Johnny or Jilly will come home asking difficult questions about life, the universe and everything for which they have no answer?
I would be the first to agree that IF proclaiming the gospel actually posed a danger or a menance to the well being of children it should be curtailed and declared to be a legal practice only for consenting adults. But really, I mean, fundamentally speaking, does Christian evanglisation really pose any such danger? If so, perhaps a reader would be kind enough to point out to me what that danger actually is?