– Secret Place Insights –
Dear Ones, when I was young, in the 11th grade, I foolishly thought that removing prayer from our public schools was no big deal. Hey, anyone can pray, anywhere they want, silently. Unwisely, I did not take the edict further. Is my former thinking a little difficult to admit? It is. And I am sure that at the time of the ruling others who shrugged their shoulders and made no protest have also known regret.
According to Wikipedia this came about in 1962:
“Consolidated with Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), it was heard by the United States Supreme Court, which ruled that official Bible-reading in American public schools was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court had prohibited officially sponsored prayer in schools in Engel v. Vitale (1962) on similar grounds.”
The day the Decision was made was no doubt a day of jubilee for Satan and his minions. It was likely reason to declare an annual celebration. If you think the mention of Satan is foolish, it is time to wise up. Just look at the moral decay of public education, and that of our entire nation, since prayer and Bible reading were expelled.
In the late 90’s, during my first few weeks of working in a public high school, I heard explicit details of sexual activity being proudly shared in the hallway among a group of girls…girls! My heart sank. Was there no longer any shame in premarital sex…so contrary to God’s protective and loving teachings? Oh you poor kids, what is most important in your lives is being withheld from you. No matter how much you students have, you do not have as much as those who were raised when prayer was a daily public school practice. To think otherwise only comes from those who were raised without it…and know not of what they speak.
As I continued down the hall, I thought of our nation’s earlier way of life, the time before memories of righteous living had nearly faded. It was a time when every family, whether they attended church or not, was still guided, to a degree, by biblical teachings. For Christian living, adhering to godly teachings, was once a community way of life. For daily examples of praying and adhering to God’s teachings were ever present. It was a time when a Bible on a teacher’s desk was as common as a cup of coffee.
The next morning, I added to the very top of my prayer list the reinstatement of prayer and Bible reading in our nation’s public schools. Did I feel silly? Yes, even though our Lord says, “Nothing is impossible for Him,” it seemed impossible.
Over the following years, I believed that my request was a solitary one…until…the annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast at the Park Place here in Traverse City. Before it ended, we gathered in groups of two or three to pray. That morning, in my group, my eyes are watering as I type this, a stranger to me prayed, “Please return prayer to our public schools.”
I am not alone in this! There must be others… perhaps hundreds, maybe thousands. The request no longer seemed silly, no longer impossible. Maybe our nation’s children will once again be blessed by a nation which is “under God.”
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:17
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