In the wake of the shootings, one of my friends and I were discussing whether God should be “put” back in school. My knee-jerk reaction is yes, but as I think about it, this is kind of complicated. From a government application. Let’s be honest if God comes back to school because of government encouragement he’ll be the multi-cultural god who respects all the different ways to him/her/it, whose primary teaching is allowing government to redistribute to the poorer and takes care of nature even at the expense of people.
So when I thought about it, again, I don’t want god in school. I want my God in school and false gods kept out. Yeah you bet I believe in censorship. When the majority are good people, censorship censors evil. If the majority are evil then what does it matter if they choose to censor the good? That is the least of our concerns and the time speaking out would be most necessary.
That makes the point all the more poignant that we need the good more than we need to be rid of an evil. The good must push out the evil, merely stamping out the evil is impossible. It is the goodness that makes the censorship good not the censorship itself.
If you stop and think about it, honestly, all freedom is only good so long as people are good. No one argues for the freedom to do evil (though to someone else it might be evil). We want freedom to do good.
So a sick culture putting God in school will not be a good thing. So what I’m really advocating is two things. Firstly, Christian, this is big, since when have God’s people been concerned with whether or not they were allowed to share their faith? People have been beaten, boiled alive, stoned, sawn in half, crucified for the sake of confessing the truth. They were even willing to stand up to people who they recognized as having legitimate spiritual responsibility (the priests and the Sanhedrin). But in none of these things did they accept restrictions on the name of Messiah.
So speaking to Christian teachers (but also to everyone), why are you letting anyone tell you that you can’t share Messiah with a student? Why does that even enter into our thought process? “Can I share Messiah?” Now, I will say that you are there paid to do a job. Do that job so far as it does not conflict with your faith. Teach math, it’s what you are paid for, but if Yeshua walks by say hi.
I’ll lose my job.
So? Imagine the next generation withou God and tell me your job is important.
What would happen in communities if every teacher of faith was fired? I’m betting other communities would rally to their defense. “Oh, you don’t want God in your class room? We’ll we’ve got a job for your teachers, send them here.” You’re telling me you thinkAmericais so far gone that they would tolerate every teacher who lives their faith, being fired? Furthermore, who the hell cares if you teach math if you leave out Messiah when the Spirit moves you to mention him? What, you can mention some movie you saw on the weekend or how great your Christmas was or what’s going on in politics in a natural way that does not interfere with your job, but the God of the universe, the most important person to you might get in the way?
I would rather a child know Messiah than know math. How about you?
Yeah, there will be problems. Yeah, it’s easy for me to say because I work for myself in a different industry. But that’s actually one of the reasons I did this, so I could have my income “free” from being penalized for bringing my faith to work. Maybe, we should think more about that when we choose a career? Can Messiah come with me or am I going to have to censor the GLAD TIDINGS?
But in all those complications and fallouts, what good are we doing? What is the point if your faith only shows when the government or your employer tells you its ok? More to the point, where is your faith?
And to other Christians, why aren’t we standing up for them? Why aren’t we telling the ACLU to go pound sand? Come back with police and batons, this community wants faith in the class room. Why are WE letting the government tell us what can be in OUR class rooms? And if those teachers are disciplined, why are we continuing to send our kids where God is being sued into silence? That’s who you want your kid learning from 8 hours a day? Why are we not demanding and supporting alternative schools where such teachers are welcome?
Here’s an idea, you don’t feel you can homeschool find a teacher of faith and hire them for yourself and other like minded children. That’s right, start your own neighborhood school. If you pay a teacher 25k, that’s about $138 a month per student. I’m not saying it would be free but when you add up gas and other expenses, it’s not that big an expense especially since your child is being taught God is for EVERY part of your life not just one day a week. And if I was a teacher I would be willing to work for that little if I could freely share my faith.
The bottom line is that the reason God is not in the public schools is because we don’t invite him to come with us and we don’t hunger for him to be there. We don’t walk in and say “Why isn’t God here?”
The government side of this, as you can see, is the last concern. We should fight for the right to bring faith to school because it is what the children most need it, but having an empty ritual to a God no one believes in won’t stop the problems in our schools or in our youth or in the next generation. We need God in school so that children will HEAR about him. And then they may BELIEVE. And those individual believing hearts will be a light to the world and their peers and God will bless that. That is what the benefit of God in school is, it’s the opportunity that some will hear and believe. Not emptily saying a pledge or a prayer.
And that is why we cannot tolerate being told to be silent. Maybe you do it discreetly. Maybe you sneak him in there, whatever the Spirit leads you to do (including wisdom), but simply accepting that we cannot share our faith with a student or other teacher is simply evil. No lamp was meant to be put under a bushel. Yeshua says not to cast your pearls before swine, you do not always have to share. There are people who simply do not want to hear it, but some of those who DO want to HEAR are these children and we cannot simply abandon them.