South High is not a religious sanctuary, though it certainly declares “your faith has value”. Its welcome is broader: You have value. This message is proclaimed again and again, hammered into the minds of scared-but-not-showing-it teenagers. You have value. It’s written on the welcome signs: All are Welcome Here.
The Church needs to be okay with questions of why. Discussing them will make The Church stronger, not weaker. If you are a church leader and you are not comfortable talking about the why of your beliefs, maybe you need to rethink your beliefs. If you are a Christian and your stomach knotted up while you read this (like mine would have a couple of years ago), take a deep breath.