To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter in complete disbelief that in this day and age, something like this would be happening. But it is, and because I believe in standing up for what is right, and for being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, I am submitting this letter.
A few weeks ago, a sweet little 5-year-old boy told his mom that he really wanted to be part of the One Voice program that performs every year, usually at Christmas and Easter. This little guy loves Jesus, and he will tell you that. He absolutely loves Christmas and the true meaning of it. He attends a Christian school and goes to Sunday School at Grace Capital Church here in Laconia. So, after auditioning he was told he could join. Proud as a peacock he was, so excited he was "doing something for Jesus" and something he loves. He learned just about every song, every word. He listened to that CD every time they got in the car.
Last week, after practice, his mom was taken to a little room with One Voice directors. They blindsided this very proud mom, who happens to be the most attentive, loving, "put the Lord first" mom I know, by telling her that her son would not be allowed to be a part of this (Christian-based) program. These parents, by the way, love each other very much. They've been together over eight years, own a home, work in the community, and are good people. It's a miracle their first son even survived a traumatic beginning of his life. They've been through a lot, but it's only made them stronger. Anyway, the reason they will not let this little guy sing is because the parents are not married.
Mom was told parents must be with the younger children backstage and (I quote) "We cannot possibly let you go back stage with the married mothers." WHAT? And, when it was suggested that someone else be in charge of him in order to practice, she was told "we cannot do that, because if someone recognizes him from the audience and know their living situation it will taint their image." I think this has tainted their image.
I'm very disturbed for two reasons. The heart of this little boy is so joyful and innocent, it saddens me that he is being rejected by people who claim to serve the Lord. I do not in any way want this letter to reflect poorly on the church as a whole. This is the work of a few, who are taking what they believe and making it law. The will not respond in anyway to phone calls or letters written, stating only that it is " a private matter." Only private because they know it will cause outrage in Christians and non-Christians alike. I cannot allow it to be "private" because not only is it unjust, but it is discriminatory and wrong. We are talking about a little boy. A child of God. And though I could throw many scriptures in here, I won't. I will only say that God says in his word, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
I'm sure this grieves His heart as it does ours.
I and many, many people will not be attending this program. It does not exude God's grace and mercy. To the directors, who took their convictions or what they think is right, without being fair (how about asking the married mom's backstage how they feel. I dare say they wouldn't dare), I will only say this: When you stand before the Lord, which we all will one day, you will have to give an account for your words and actions. Maybe your little program will go on with many in attendance, but you yourselves have already tainted the message. Jesus is all about forgiveness and not judging others. He says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God."
We are called to love. You have not done the one thing he asks of you. I believe all things happen for a reason, and what we do with what's been handed to us is what matters. The little guy you've rejected? He'll be just fine because he has a family who lives him tremendously and a God, who has promised good to him.
All I can even think to say to you ladies, is shame on you. Shame on you for taking a gift that God gave you in being able to direct something that could/would glorify Him, and making it all about you and what you feel is right.
I think if the community as a whole understood what you have done, they wouldn't make an effort to see this program. Because you've taken something that was his, and made it your own.
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