I have really been thinking about this topic lately. All the up roaring of Christians with the White House not having the yearly "Day of Prayer" ceremony has really got me thinking. I can't say that I am upset that our President has decided to do this. It really doesn't surprise me, because I can only expect unbelievers to do unbelieving things. I also think its kinda GOOD that Obama is not praying to God just as a show to do it because it is expected of him as President. If it is not his heartfelt conviction to do so, than it may be better that he does not just put on some act for us Americans.
I hear so many Christians talking about how its just "not the best decision" that we send our kids to public school. Though i respect their opinion and convictions for their children-really i would love to hear them say-"I pray that God gives your children opportunity and the will to do what is right in HIS sight and be a salt for Him." (I guess that would sound to them they are condoning my bad choice.) But ok let's get past my hard feelings about stupid ignorant comments and get to the point of my post....
Separation of church and state was established to keep government out of church--please correct me if my History is wrong there-I have never been a history buff. So if that is the case-then WHY are Christian parents SO up roared about schools not allowing (in some states and areas) school-wide prayer or Bible teaching? I have to admit, I am GLAD that the teachers do not do it. Though I think its great if someone other than the parent is helping a child understand the Bible, I cannot say that I have been happy with even some of the "Biblical things" my own children have been filled with through church programs. Every Christian has his own take on certain things in the Bible. I am not referring to BLACK AND WHITE sin issues, but more of Christian liberty issues-such as music or movie watching or owning a computer or participating in secular sports programs. These things in and of themselves are not sin--certainly they can be abused and turn to sin. I guess what i am trying to find out is that parents responsibility is given to parents to raise their children in the glory and admonition of the Lord-not the schools, teachers or churches. (I AM NOT SAYING THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO TEACH THE BIBLE TO YOUR CHILD-what i am saying is we are gonna be responsible for what is taught to them-even when it relates to the Bible. hence, a lot of pro-homeschoolers)
Let's turn the tables a bit though. Christian parents would be so ecstatic if they found out that starting on May 1st, 2010 all public school systems are required to have morning prayer and a Bible devotion time. Am I wrong? wouldn't you be glad they are enforcing something like that? But what if they started saying that in addition to that so there will also be prayer rugs handed out to ALL students and at certain times they are made to pray towards Mecca. Or Rosary beads will be given as children are led in prayer by the teacher. I can't help but say that this would certainly ALARM me as a Christian parent. and I am sure that the Bible teaching would alarm those in these other religions. Now we KNOW That the God we pray to, is the ONE TRUE GOD. But these people in other false religions do not know that they serve a false god. If they did they would stop serving it. The Holy Spirit has not spoken to these individuals yet, or He has and they have not responded. Whatever the case, I am glad that the public school is not teaching any kind of religion to my children. I know what they are taught and can correct or reinforce what they have learned and when it comes to Bible matters, it is left to us THE PARENTS. On these reasons I can totally see why a lot of Christians choose to home school. If you can do it well and your children handle it well-then kudos to you. And I pray that they excel, just as I pray that my children excel in their studies. Just when it comes to mine, I pray everyday that they choose to be a righteous testimony for the Lord's sake in their classrooms. I know they will mess up and I know that I too will fail as a parent in areas. Without God's help, strength and love we all are nothing anyway. Can Christian's not support one another and leave the schools and governments out of it?
So what do you think?