There seems to be a great debate in The Student Voice about motives and change. This is not what The Voice should be about. Life’s decisions are all about right, and wrong. Whether or not change occurs because of The Voice is up to God (and I certainly hope change does occur, for it is needed). The question is “Should you agree or disagree with the issues presented in The Voice?” Is the school right or wrong about what they are doing? I would like to deal further with the motives issue.
1. You cannot judge my motives or those of the editors. It is impossible, so why try? What you can judge is the validity of our arguments. Let me illustrate it this way. Is stealing wrong simply because your pastor says so? What if Hitler said so? Is it any less of a truth because of the character of the person saying it? What if someone said it, not to spread a Biblical truth out of love, but to make sure you didn’t steal from him? Is it any less valid? What if he said it with a bad attitude? The point I’m trying to make is that if someone said that stealing is wrong, yet he was a thief, or he said it with a bad attitude, or he had the wrong motives, it still would be truth. Let us say that Adolf Hitler gave a lecture on why Christ was God, and he gave all the right reasons. He doesn’t have a good character, and most likely would have a bad attitude and the wrong motives. Because of this I would scrutinize what he had to say more closely, but truth is truth, regardless of the character of the messenger or the attitude
and motive behind the message. The only good question is, “Are the facts and arguments correct?” and if they are correct, then “What will you do with the facts and arguments presented?” This is why I am glad that the editors decided to remain unknown. I can focus on the facts, and pray about what I should do about them.
2. The only things you or I or the editors can judge is what the Bible (and therefore God) judges. In my opinion, the editors have done nothing that is wrong. It is also my opinion that PCC HAS done things that are wrong (spreading legalism, being uncaring of fellow Christians, attempting to stop free speech and thought, and implementing an incorrect view of authority). I also would like to say that I do appreciate the editor’s “sharp” sarcastic style. It is not harsh enough to be cruel, yet it adds a “point” to the facts. It remarkably resembles the Apostle Paul’s style (no I don’t think it is inspired, nor do I believe the editors to be apostles or anything like that. It just happens to be the way Paul, under inspiration, handled problems with fellow Christians who seemed very much unwilling to listen).
I also would like to make a comment about the issue of the editors not making comments to the opposing opinions that are sent in and printed in The Voice. I DON’T LIKE IT. I do not consider myself to be extremely intelligent, logical, or an extremely gifted writer. I am, however, a thinker, and many times I see the faulty logic of a disagreement, but I just can’t seem to put my finger on the problem, or properly state what that problem is. I like the editor’s comments, because it saves me the time and energy of finding the fault. I usually come to the same conclusions as the editors, but it takes me longer. Also, it makes me have to deal with the facts. I have no holes where I can ease my conscience. The editor’s excellent logic in their refutations cause me to be able to focus mainly on what I will do about the truth, instead of focusing on what the truth is.
It’s time for a change – time compare PCC to the truth.