SC State Agency to Force Christian Foster Care Ministry to Include Non-Christian Parents. Claims “Discrimination”. Really?
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
The Christian Post reports that
A Christian foster care ministry in South Carolina has been told that it must either change a requirement that foster parents be Christian or shut down.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has come to the aid of the Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries and is seeking to protect the group from being forced to consider letting non-Christian foster parents join its network.
“The licensing and participation of faith-based entities in the state foster care system is a constitutionally protected practice,” McMaster, a Republican, wrote in a letter sent this week to Miracle Hill leaders, according to The Greenville News.
“It is important that religious organizations not be required to sacrifice the tenets of their faith in order to serve the children of South Carolina.”
Miracle Hill serves foster kids across eight countries and is one of the largest private foster care providers within the state.
Although Miracle Hill has served South Carolina for over 29 years with a Christ-centered approach, pressure began mounting in 2017 when the state Department of Social Services began interpreting federal regulations in a way that would deem Miracle Hill’s practice of only accepting Christian foster parents as discriminatory.
“Based on this new interpretation, SCDSS has given Miracle Hill 30 days to either abandon its religious convictions or shut down its ministry as a foster child placing agency,” writes adoption attorney Betsy Tanner, a Miracle Hill foster parent, in an op-ed to the Greenville News Wednesday.
“SCDSS’ new position is supposedly based on federal and state regulation written and interpreted by unelected bureaucrats,” she added.
According to Tanner, at least 161 children are receiving care through Miracle Hill. A total of 31 have achieved permanency through Miracle Hill foster families that were caring for them in 2017.
The demand placed on Miracle Hill comes as there are over 4,000 children in South Carolina’s foster care system. Over 1,500 families are needed to provide for those children, Tanner wrote.
Okay. Strap in. Here we go.
For 29 years, Miracle Hill has remained faithful to the mission given its founders by the God of Abraham: to place children with loving Christian Parents who would “train them in the way he (/she) should go”.
And, what’s wrong with that?
Evidently, a lot, according to the Liberals who are calling this decades-long practice “discriminatory”.
So, this got me thinking…
According to Modern American Liberals, like those at the SCDSS, who are apparently still in the throes of a National Temper Tantrum over Hillary Clinton’s loss, Bible-believing Christians are a discriminatory “Hate Group”
I beg to differ.
Christianity is the faith of the overwhelming majority of Americans.
That being said, Christianity, the faith of the overwhelming majority of Americans has played a part not only in the birth of our nation, but also the shaping of its Domestic and Foreign Policies.
There was a time when Family Historical Records, such as births and deaths, were recorded in the Family Bible
In fact, SCDSS, our Legal System was built on Judeo-Christian Principles.
To deny that fact is to attempt to rewrite history.
There is no such codicil in the Constitution of the United States of America as “The Separation of Church and State”.
Per the website, usconsitution.net,
One of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, is directly responsible for giving us this phrase. In his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, then-President Jefferson used the phrase — it was probably not the first time, but it is the most memorable one. He said:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, [the people, in the 1st Amendment,] declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.
Jefferson did not have a hand in the authoring of the Constitution, nor of the 1st Amendment, but he was an outspoken proponent of the separation of church and state, going back to his time as a legislator in Virginia. In 1785, Jefferson drafted a bill that was designed to quash an attempt by some to provide taxes for the purpose of furthering religious education. He wrote that such support for religion was counter to a natural right of man:
… no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
Jefferson’s act was passed, though not without some difficulty, in Virginia. Eyler Robert Coates wrote that the act was copied in the acts or constitutions of several states, either in words or in concepts. Jefferson himself was in France by the time word of the act reached Europe, and he wrote back to America that his act was well-thought of and admired.
However, unlike the tyranny in England that our Founding Fathers escaped from, no one in this present free nation has ever been forced to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
And, that fact is extremely evident in some of the comments one sees on Facebook Political Pages and Political Websites.
But, I digress…
In recent times, especially under Former President, Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm), a concerted effort was made to marginalize Christian Americans, putting us in a box if you will. in fact, a lot of Liberals and “libertarians” continue to believe that Christianity Americans should only practice our faith on Sunday Mornings from 9 – 12, and be seen and not heard the rest of week.
But, that’s only if they cannot use us for their own political ends.
For decades, American churches, like the black congregations in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, have invited local politicians to speak from their pulpits. While Modern American Liberals have had conniption fits over white churches around the country doing the same thing, they have not said a mumblin’ word about the actions of a constituency which historically votes Democratic.
The 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, was exactly right in what he told a meeting of Evangelical Christians during the Presidential Campaign that:
They took away the voice of people that want to see good things happen. It’s not like they took away a bad voice, an evil voice. They took away a voice.
On November 8, 2016, that voice was heard loud and clear.
And now, just like the rest of their desperate Liberal Brethren and Sisters, the South Carolina Department of Social Services is ironically attempting to discriminate against Christian Americans by accusing those seeking to provide a home to children desperately in need of one, of “DISCRIMINATION” because attacking Christian Americans worked so well (/sarc) when they used it during the Presidential Campaign of Hillary Clinton.
One would have thought that the “Smartest People in the Room” would have learned from their defeat.
In closing, in deference to this being Sunday Morning… may I ask a faith-based question?
Is all this violence, such as the Parkland School Massacre and the political upheaval our nation is still dealing with, caused by those on the fringes of the Political Spectrum, who seek to regain control of our Sovereign Nation, due to some sort of Satanic Influence attempting to tip the scales in the fight between Good and Evil, across our land?
The reason that our nation is facing the difficulties we are is the belief by those who proclaim themselves to be the “smartest people in the room”, that they are above the old-fashioned, passe notions of morality and ethics, good and evil, and the Sovereignty of God.
Perhaps they were never “trained in the way in which they should go”.
Or, perhaps they were and decided that they were “smarter” than those who raised them.
They have made a grave mistake.
Evil exists and these fools opened the door to Satan in our society a long time ago.
When it all comes crashing down around them, what are they going to say?
The Devil made me do it?
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12
Until He Comes,