There’s a news story out there on the web about a 6-year-old who was told by his teacher that “Jesus is not allowed in school” after bringing some candy canes for his classmates with a religiously themed note attached. Now I personally understand that the teacher was trying to use words that a 6-year-old could understand, but I also understand that explaining something in its simplicity does not do away with the truth, that being that the school is not interested in having Jesus around.
Schools can’t have Jesus around, huh? So what’s hanging around schools since Jesus isn’t allowed anymore? Contraceptives without the parent’s knowledge? Sure. Telling kids how to have sex instead of educating about sex? Sure. Teachers having sex with kids? Sure. Kids dressing like they’re ready for the late night streets and the beach? Sure. Kids relentlessly physically and mentally torturing other kids? Sure. Kids buying and selling drugs? Sure. Kids disrespecting and threatening their teachers? Sure. Kids taking the lives of others kids? Unfortunately and sadly, sure.
Why wouldn’t you encourage a 6-year-old boy who will soon be a 16-year-old young man to bring someone to school who can teach the other kids to love and respect their parents, to love and respect their self, to love and respect their fellow students, and to love and respect their teacher? We wouldn’t want kids growing up to do that would we?!
Look at the major problems that schools are dealing with today – large dropout rates, graduated ignorance, out-of-wedlock children having children, drugs, gangs and school shootings. Why didn’t this stuff happen 40 to 50 years ago anywhere close to the way it happens today? Is it because you couldn’t drop out of school? Nope. Is it because there weren’t any kids not interested in learning? Nope. Is it because kids weren’t capable of having sex? Nope. Is it because there was no such thing as a group of punks? Nope. Is it because there were no drugs? Nope. Is it because there were no guns? Nope.
One of the biggest contributing factors may just be that the last generation of adults were more interested in telling Jesus to stay home instead of coming to school with the kids resulting in a generation that doesn’t know about the Lord, because of a generation that didn’t want to know about him, thus resulting in a generation of kids who are being given an education for their physical side but are being deprived and starved of an education for the side that helps to temper the physical one.
So Jesus isn’t allowed in school? Where’s that getting our culture and our children?
“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)
“Let them be put to shame because they have done disgusting things. They had no shame, they were not able to become red with shame: so they will come down with those who are falling: when my punishment comes on them, they will be made low, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15 – BBE)
A nation that knew better had grown to the point of not being capable of knowing shame. Their spiritual sensibilities were warped from the bottom up. Political leaders, community leaders and even the religious leaders who had voices that were heard had become spiritually deaf to their own words. And the only instruction they were willing to listen to were the ways that lead to destruction.
The governmental leaders of California have decided that transgendered students should have the right to choose to use whatever bathroom, locker room, and athletic team that they believe fits the “gender” that they personally identify with. It’s no longer enough to go by what was written on their birth certificate. Which makes me wonder if California is going to do away with that next? After all, who gives the parents and doctors the right to choose what sex the child is just based upon the “plumbing!”
This is the product of walking down the path of warped minds who prey on the minds of the warped. They have no common sense much less spiritual sense. They become repugnant at the sight of righteousness and they feel no remorse for their sin. Their reality has become a pipe dream that empties itself into debauchery, defilement, and dishonor yet the odor and filth of sitting in the pig pen has become satisfying to their heart instead of an avenue that awakens the sensibilities.
Is California ashamed? The “people” have spoken, or least an answer has been given of their behalf. And what I say isn’t hate speech – it is speech that hates it for the choices that they are making because we still have a long, long ways to fall, but it definitely reveals the direction we’ve been heading in as a nation for quite a while.
Here’s the basic points with a scripture that I’m using for tomorrow’s “graduation night” at Keltonburg for our High School students. This’ll work whether they’re heading to college or the job market:
- It’s time to grow up (1 Corinthians 13:11)
- Prepare for hard times (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
- When you think you have the world conquered its conquered you (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
- Don’t compromise your faith for a “good grade” or a “good job” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Whatever comes to your hand to do with all your power, do it because there is no work, or thought, or knowledge, or wisdom in the place of the dead to which you are going.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 – BBE)
Like Ron, I still use the “pen to paper” motto as well. I use a 3×5 sheet of folded paper to write my grocery lists on; write my list of songs that I lead on the Lord’s Day; write the library class schedule down when I substitute in the public school libraries; jot down ideas and thoughts for future blog articles.
Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics.
In his Thursday article, http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16515180, he points out the following:
“I applaud any effort by school officials to promote decorum and civility in the school milieu. However, I am acutely aware of the fact that family, community, and the popular culture play a larger and more defining role in children’s lives than schools.”
Yes, education begins in the home (Ephesians 6:4; cf. Genesis 18:16-19).
How do I organize myself? Usually through the use of lists written on a 3×5 sheet of lined paper that I carry with me. Grocery lists and lists of the daily classes coming into a school library, are usually pretty detailed lists. Plus, if I get an idea for a blog article, I can quickly write it down before I forget it! 🙂
Back to school thoughts brought me to last night’s FB game. It was a great game. Our local HS team has won only one game in three years (we lost last night). Last year had the team compete in most of their games – that was good considering from where they came the year before that. The game last night was a victory for the visiting team on the last play of the game. A hook and latter pass to the end zone won the game. Unfortunately, the Back Judge called a poor game (it was really BAD). Two plays previous he was the only one who thought an interception was an incomplete pass. Just the same, a good game with both teams having heart as they fought to the end.
Back to school means that FB is here. Since our girls are out of school, I can think on the more pleasurable things locally. I am sure there is nothing all that important in education compared to football – is there? 🙂
When I was working full time for the El Paso School District, the drive to work was 17 miles one way. Since I’m now working as a substitute librarian, my driving distance can be any number of miles, depending on where the school is – usually not more than 20 miles one way.
Use my imagination? I think I left that ability behind after being employed by our local school district! 🙂 If the Lord wills, I’m going to be preaching Sunday, using Bro. Rubel Shelly’s good thoughts in this article: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/13/seven-red-flag-signals-of-possible-apostasy/
An eight year-old child has been suspended from school and urged to get a psychological evaluation [before he can return to school] because he drew Christ on a Cross. He was asked to draw something that came to mind when he thought about Christmas. Read more of this astounding article.
These kinds of overreactions can drive people to the Cross. We must keep preaching and teaching of the loving Savior who died for all (Romans 5).
This is a result of living in an increasingly secular society that is hostile to Christianity. One that has too many lawyers and lawsuits. Zero tolerance crates a situation where all reason and logic is discarded and everyone is guilty.