We actually teach morals only by example, even to our own children, for whom we actually are responsible. When we try to force people, including children, into believing in our rules, all they learn is that we have more power than they have. “Spare the rod; spoil the child” means that we are obligated to teach our children God’s laws, “rod” being God’s measuring stick, not that we are suppose to beat them when they disobey those laws. The more beating we do, the less likely the children are to accept those laws.
How am I justified in expecting other adults to adhere to my rules, to which they have made no commitment? Nowhere did Jesus grant any of us the right to pass judgment on others, much less enforce our rules on others, whether we’re running a church, a school, or anything else. Furthermore, Jesus authorized not even one denomination therefore every denomination is, by definition, man-made.
So rather than forcing good teachers who were hitherto devoted to Shorter, out of their jobs, a Christian school might set a better example by taking a little bit more seriously 1st Corinthians 13: 1–5:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not their own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.”
Does this sound like the current Baptist administrative body at Shorter College?