When 18-year old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant, she was scared to death what people would think of her. She wanted to have an abortion, but she was a Christian and decided to keep her baby. She was a straight-A student, president of the student council and a star of the varsity soccer team. But her Christian high school, Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland, banned her from attending graduation ceremonies with her classmates. The school principal dragged out her severe “punishment” for violating its school code against immorality for six long months. It included public humiliation in front of all of her classmates and their parents. One wonders if others facing this kind of penalty would quietly choose an abortion instead. This school seems to have forgotten how Jesus Christ dealt with sin, love, and forgiveness.
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:7-11