C-SCOPE and Christian Community

There is a difference between voicing sincere beliefs and belittling others in the process. One is necessary for a healthy community; the other is unproductive and sometimes destructive. Because of the current discussion on the merits, or lack thereof, of introducing C-SCOPE into our schools, I feel compelled to remind at least those of us who call Brazos Pointe Fellowship home that our discussion of this issue reflects directly on the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

For starters, while I care deeply about the success of all our local schools public and private, I don’t have a dog in this hunt, at least not yet. I, like many of you, have been reading and asking questions about it; and at some point will form an opinion.

I am troubled though, when I read “put-down speech” in the newspaper or social media from either side, or when I hear that a public meeting devolves into a shouting match. I could perhaps understand it coming from people who are irreligious or don’t know Jesus, but when a Christ follower does this, it breaks my heart. We can do better.

Romans 12:14 reminds us to bless and not curse. James 3:9 says “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.” Some of those people we curse may be sitting next to us in worship. We can do better.

Respect is given, not earned. Who would ever tell their kindergartner on the first day of school to wait till your teacher earns your respect before you offer it? The same respect we wish our children to give their teachers should likewise be modeled in all our conversations as well. We can do better.

If you sincerely care about this issue or any other, let me challenge you to take the high road. Do you want to persuade people or alienate them? Most folks are won over by a positive position, not an angry one. In the end a loud voice can never compete with a clear voice. It’s okay to strongly disagree with fellow citizens, even fellow church members, but it’s never good to personally attack them. We can do better.

Live Bold,


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