I try to follow Bible versus, or at least stick to Pastor Bill’s topics when I write these blog pieces. Though I am no Pastor, and in no way could I ever fill Pastor Bill’s shoes (or cowboy boots), I try to provide some insight without being to myopic of vision.
This piece, this is a purely speculation piece. A piece formed of opinion. Maybe there are facts to support such an opinion. Maybe I can be educated or debated to learn how my opinion is wrong. This is an open forum for those at Plymouth and those that just read along.
The idea of separating church from state was first introduced by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. This idea was used to write the first amendment rights which provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” and Article VI specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Sometime in the last two decades (the exact year I am struggling to find) it was determined by a bunch of guys, in suits, sitting in their little offices, being paid way too much money, and with obviously nothing better to do, to remove religion from public schools. Since then there has been talk about removing “in God we trust” from our currency, taking “God” out of our Pledge of Allegiance, and absolutely no prayer or other forms of religious talk is permitted by any staff or students publicly.
I think, personally, this was a huge mistake. And here is where I might ruffle some feathers, but to be a child of God we must understand (not necessarily accept) that there are people that just do not believe in God, or any higher power for that matter. They believe in the Earth, the air, the ocean, but they just don’t ever think it was created by one man in seven days. What about those that do believe? What about those that want to learn more? And most importantly the values that come with the educating on God and religion?
Bringing God back to school, back to the daily lives of all our citizens, will bring back traditional values that are missing in our society today. Honoring one another. Kindness. Giving and forgiving. Just because a person doesn’t believe today doesn’t mean that they would not understand and learn to accept the values, and once they’ve learned to accept and practice the values than their hearts can be more open to accepting God. Right?
So, we bring God back to school. We allow our teachers to teach values. We educate not on a particular religion but about religious concept and provide a path, a doorway, to students who will grow up having higher morals and standards. Who will have the ability to look at life’s culture in a broader scope.
Taking God out is like removing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because some students have allergies. We are a society that is catering to the one squeaky wheel instead of teaching how to work with the whole car. It’s time to stop. Bring back Leave it to Beaver, and I Love Lucy. Teach real ethics, real values, and see how we can save our next generation before they end up an angry, gun blazing society. Just think, these are the future of our nation – our doctors, lawyers, politicians, parents, teachers, and care givers to the elderly.
What would God want you to do? Can you change the world? Can you change the future of our nation? Are you willing to try?