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Posted on May 8 at 3:36 p.m.
SBMommy, the venom in your response is so very unchristlike... ?
It is not necessary to attend a Good News Club meeting when its purpose is plainly stated on CEF's Good News Club web page: "As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of after-school Good News Clubs is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. To accomplish this goal, each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust Jesus as Savior. Each club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church."
I don't need to read past the first sentence in order to understand that they have absolutely no business creating the appearance of an affiliation with a public school. I thought the article was very informative and will be on the lookout for this group at my child's school. As an ex-evangelical, I have also always educated my kids on the mythology of "going to hell if you don't believe in Jesus" so they have some perspective in dealing with the many little (and big) Ashleys of the world, who only want to do--and very earnestly believe they are doing--the right thing. Nothing like instilling a little fear to get folks to follow you...
Traumatic as it is for our community, especially those who lose their homes, the fire will pass. People will rebuild, the flora and fauna will return and it will all become an event in memory.
What gets put into little kids' minds regarding spiritual matters tends to persist. CEF and any church or temple or mosque with a children's program understand this. That's why we need this on the front page. Thank you, Katherine and Indy.
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