On Mormons, ‘WWJD?’
While I had thought the letter “Not their call to make” (June 1 and TribLIVE.com) by self-identified Evangelical Presbyterian Samuel J. Orr III on the topic of the Grove City Area Church Softball League’s decision to exclude a Mormon team was the ultimate of reason in its theme of letting Jesus Christ decide who is Christian, along comes Jeff Ruzicka’s letter “Exclusion biblical” (June 12 and TribLIVE.com) to remind us that bigotry is still alive and well. Without the benefit of an election to the clergy, a congregation or even the willingness to identify his own denomination, Ruzicka merely proclaims his own biblical interpretation to be the final authority and declares that any who do not agree are ignorant and uninformed.
Really? I’d rather apply the “WWJD?” (“What would Jesus do?”) test as opposed to drinking this Kool-Aid. And it’s pretty clear what Jesus would do. There was a group called the Samaritans, who didn’t exactly fit well with the mainstream religious thought at the time. In fact, the mainstream clergy for the most part shunned them and considered them apostates at best. Jesus reached out to them in his repeated travels between the Jerusalem and Nazareth areas and his apostles recorded those interactions in the New Testament. On the other hand, Jesus didn’t get along so well with much of the mainstream clergy at the time.
This is not to deny the right of the Grove City Area Church Softball League or Ruzicka or anybody else to practice any form of bigotry they like. That is a constitutional right. Just don’t try to cloak it in Christianity.