Since the Supreme Court ruled that after school Bible clubs could not be banned from public schools, Child Evangelism Fellowship has been launching Good New Bible clubs in roughly 5% of American public elementary schools. However, the Satanic Temple has announced that it will use the same court ruling in order to launch after school Satan clubs that will emphasize scientific rationalism, free thought, and puzzle solving activities. The Satanic Temple notes that it does not worship a being known as Satan and that “Satan” is a metaphorical construct in their view.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
As bad as this headline may seem, church leaders shouldn’t panic, since these clubs will only be in a small number of schools, may have limited appeal, and don’t actually involve the worship of Satan. While church leaders shouldn’t welcome this development, they can offer perspective to worried church members.
- Freedom of Religion? Religious liberty groups are not opposing this move by the Satanic Temple, since the government cannot show preference to a religion.
- Which Satan? The Satanic Temple claims that Satan is only a metaphor and that they emphasize rational thought and thinking for yourself. There is no actual worship of a fallen angel.
- Opportunities for Dialogue: The implication of Satanic groups is that Christians don’t allow free thought, giving Christians a chance to discuss the freedom we have in Christ and the robust history of intellectualism in Christianity.
How can you enter into dialogue about the freedom of thought in Christianity in your community?
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