Restore our Schools
This is what our schools looked like not too long ago
Today my daughter came home and shared about the anti-bullying campaign that went on in her high school. She said that she was very emotional as the testimonies and stories were shared of the people involved in a particular school shooting.
When I attended school, there were no anti-bullying campaigns, no mention of God, really nothing to teach to the affective part of the students. God was removed from schools before I attended.
The intentions are good for starting these programs. But they are a response to the violence we are now seeing in the schools. When I write, I like to get to the heart of the issue and now I am pondering the heart of the issue that is now school violence.
Some people suggest that the violence is because of Hollywood and video games and a general desensitization to violence and a lack of regard for human life. This could be part of the problem, but more acurately is the effect of the problem.
Some people suggest that we don't deal with our emotionally and mentally handicapped people, that they are 'mainstreamed' with the rest of society and not given the attention that they need. This could also be part of the problem but, again, only the effect of the problem.
Some people suggest that the availability of weapons, namely assault rifles, are the problem. Which, who knows, it could be part of the problem. But more likely, what people do with weapons is an effect of the real problem.
I would like to suggest that we look a little deeper into where the problem lies. Obviously, weapons can't kill another person. There has to be a person operating the weapon. Violent video games don't turn a person into a killer, my son plays them all the time and has a kind and gentle heart.
So what then makes a person commit such a crime against others?
I did some research on school shootings and discovered that the first school shooting was on August 1, 1966 when Charles Whitman climbed on top of an observation deck at the University of Texas-Austin, and killed 16 people and wounded 31 during a 96-minute rampage.
On June 25, 1962 there was a critical ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that removed prayer from our nation’s schools. 39 million students were not allowed by our U.S. government to do what they have been doing since the founding of our country. They were not allowed to call upon the name of God at the beginning of each school day. Keep in mind that since our country was founded, God was allowed and invited into our schools.
The New York school children which prompted the Engel vs. Vitale ruling in 1962 had prayed a simple, yet profound, prayer: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation.”
In 1925, it was against the law in the state of Tennessee to teach evolution. The ACLU stepped in and now the majority of schools cannot teach Creation, only evolution.
In 1963, Courts banned Bible reading in schools. In 1980, the Supreme Court said that posting the Ten Commandments went against the U.S. Constitution.
Again, the first U.S. school shooting happened in 1966.
Before these laws were enacted against Christianity in the public schools, children read Bible verses within their school curriculum, verses that taught them moral principles on a daily basis.
As a teacher myself, I was instructed by our public school administrator to not address any moral issues in the classroom. "Language arts, bell to bell," was the directive. This administration, I might add, also shut down the student-led Bible study that I allowed to take place in my classroom every Friday during lunch. A study that was allowed by previous administrators. This type of governing, unfortunately, is not uncommon in public schools in America.
An article I read on Forbes online quoted an author who asserted that Christians have "confused their cultural heritage with biblical Christianity." I would agree that, yes, we have had a significant cultural heritage of Christianity in this country. However, it was based on biblical Christianity and what the God of the Bible calls his children to do. I am not going to quote every verse that addresses the nations who make the Lord their God, you can read them yourself. But I will make an overarching statement that, indeed, God blesses the nation that turns away from idolotry and turns to Him. There is no question about this as one reads through the Bible.
I think you can probably figure out where I am going with this blog. I firmly believe, and am deeply saddened by, the "systematic removal of the teachings of God" in our country as Mike Huckabee eloquently put it. I believe this has put our country in a more vulnerable position, vulnerable against attacks from other nations or hostile groups, and vulnerable against attacks from within. When are we going to wake up as a nation and realize where our blessings have come from in the past?
Our young people are not learning the truths of the Bible, the truths that protect us from each other. What they are learning, if not taught right from wrong at home, is what they see in the media they are so constantly bombarded with our current technology.
My call to action is to pray that God would be restored in our government, and even our public schools, not just in the form of anti-bullying campaigns, but the God of the Bible himself.
Lord, please soften the hearts of our people.