A newsletter reported that two professors extolled the values of the mid-20th century: “Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness….Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.” The letter goes on to report, “Almost immediately students, professors, and alumni circulated petitions accusing the two professors of racism, white supremacy, discrimination and bias.”
The opposition was not just to mid-20th century values. These “values” are part of the fruits of the Christian faith: living a chaste and decent life before marriage, honoring one’ spouse, bringing up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, preparing for and seeking gainful employment to provide for the family. These “values” make for less poverty and a more stable society. Opposition to this way of life is also opposition to Christianity. On this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we want to remember that a return to the Holy Scripture brought to people hope, life, and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The fruit of this faith is stronger marriages, a culture of freedom, and a care for one’s neighbor. This is what the devil and his minions would steal from you. Sunday Service at Peace Lutheran Church is at 9:00 a.m.