Thursday, June 6, 2013

He has received his reward in full

Remember the South Carolina high school student who tore up his pre-approved speech and instead offered up the Lord's Prayer in his valedictory speech? Here's another article on him on CNN. He's quoted as saying, "I wanted to stand up for God. This is what God wanted me to do," and added, "Taking prayer out of schools is the worst thing we could do."

 The FFRF disagrees, and calls what he did "unconstitutional" (highly debatable, in my opinion) as well as "aggressive" and "supremely rude" (no argument here). Students in his class (who are apparently mostly Christian) applauded him and said what he did "took a lot of courage."

The article is preceded by this note: The valedictorian's father, Roy Costner III, appears on "Piers Morgan Live" at 9 ET tonight. His son, Roy Costner IV, appears on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin at 2 p.m. ET Friday on CNN. The article adds that the younger Costner was "bouncing between interviews and heading to New York for TV appearances." His "courage" has apparently made him famous.

I keep remembering Matthew 6:5 (which directly precedes the Lord's Prayer in the Bible), and chuckling over the irony of it: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."

Is this really the reward Jesus had in mind?

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