A few days ago, I blogged about Tyler Frost, a teen who’s closer to Kevin Bacon than 6 degrees because he’s sort of living out a real-life version of Footloose in his home town. At his super-fundamentalist Baptist school, they do not allow any dancing, hand-holding, or rock music, so Tyler was told that if he attended his girlfriend’s high school prom, he would be suspended.
Well Tyler went to the dance anyway and the school has suspended him.
Frost didn’t go to school Monday. Instead, he and his girlfriend are heading to New York for a Tuesday morning TV interview.
The teen says he’s now getting Facebook and e-mail messages from around the world.
The principal of Heritage Christian School has issued a statement in response, where he clearly explains that he was just doing what the Bible told him so, because of course, everyone knows that Jesus specifically forbid rock music and high school proms:
In the Old Testament, Joseph was in a place of temptation and he fled. Unlike this situation, he didn’t put himself in that place. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.” II Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee also youthful lusts but follow after righteousness faith charity and peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” When the school committee, many years before I became the principal, set up the policy regarding dancing, I am confident that they had the principle of fleeing lustful situations in mind. The question as I see it is, should a Christian place themselves at an event where young ladies will have low cut dresses and be dancing in them? Isn’t it contrary to the example of Joseph and the verses that I stated?
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
There’s a reason you only hear about these unmarried adult guys in the Bible hanging out with dudes and no ladies. Why else would men only enjoy the company of other men? Huh? What other possible explanation can their be but to prevent themselves from being consumed by lust?
Anyway, Tyler Frost gets a gold star from me. Damn the man!