A former porn star was shocked recently when his 5-yr-old son was rejected for admittance to a private Christian school after he and his wife went through a lengthy application process. At first, their son was accepted into the school and they paid $10,000 in tuition. But later, Jay Grdina and his wife received a letter from the school claiming their son wasn’t welcome because of their present and/or past line of work. Grdina and his present wife own a company that sells a remedy for hangovers. However, much of his fortune was made with his first wife when they made and sold porn movies together.
The school made it clear in their literature that “it has no tolerance for alcohol or gambling.” Furthermore, since attendance at their school is a privilege, they expect both children and their parents to hold to high standards. The school has yet to return their $10,000 and the couple is considering a lawsuit if they fail to get their money back soon.
In another situation, a man who had surgery done to make him look like a woman is upset that the church he attends near Boulder, Colorado, will not let him attend women’s gatherings at the church. Flatirons Community Church has accepted “Melissa” Chapman and made him/her feel welcomed and loved at other events, but he/she is whining about the church’s hesitancy and resistance about the women’s events.
Of course, now that these stories are out, the people of the world are once again taking to the Internet with their “Let them in and accept their sin!” comments. Are these Christian organizations out of line and being too snobbish? Are they supposed to hang out with publicans, sinners, and harlots as Jesus did?
I believe it’s always good to look at Christ’s motivations for socializing with sinners. The world doesn’t get this, but Jesus hung out with them to call them to repentance, not to encourage them in their behavior.
I can understand where both the school and the church are coming from. Their decisions have a basis in scriptures. Not only that but the “freedom of association” is part of the First Amendment, which itself is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Some scriptures that back up their decisions are the following:
Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God. Deuteronomy 23:18 (Grdina was a porn star and made money by whoring himself out. Mosaic law no longer applies to the saved, but it would still apply to sinners like Grdina to point out their sin, according to Romsns 3:20 and 1 Timothy 1:8-10. The moral principle behind it is carried on in the laws of Christ where Christians should be concerned about how the money is made that they receive into their ministries.)
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 18:17-18
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 16-19