In the Scriptures, Jesus warns believers over and over again that the world will hate them, because they, like Him, will shed light on the darkness of sin in the world, exposing it’s wicked deeds.
This tends to make people feel a bit enraged, as the natural man is at total enmity with God, warring against His authority with every fiber of their of being, refusing to submit to His glorious rule.
Yes, this world certainly hates God, a fact evidenced by the utter hostility most unbelievers have toward Christians expressing their faith in any sort of public setting, especially in the government and the education system.
If a child pulls out a Bible during his free time at a public school, he’s reprimanded. If a kid refuses to participate in the normalization of homosexuality or some other ungodly practice, he’s scolded or worse, suspended.
The secular humanist system that has infiltrated the largest section of our culture today is hard at work undermining traditional, Christian values and the authority of the parents teaching these values, and it seems they are growing bolder and bolder with each passing day.
A first-grade teacher at an Indiana public school recently sent a letter home to parents, complaining because the kids in her class were discussing God, Jesus, and the Devil and it needed to stop.
Unfortunately for the teacher, her letter was not exactly well received by a lot parents, and it’s easy to understand why.
Discouraging children from communicating with each other or anyone for that matter on deep, spiritual things, the things in this world that matter, is an atrocious and egregious violation of everything a teacher is called to do.
Aren’t children supposed to be taught how to deal with opposing views they come across? Aren’t they supposed to learn to be tolerant with those who believe differently than they do?
This is what leftists say over and over again in theory, but when it comes to practice, they seem to abandon their principles rather quickly.
Students discussing such topics would’ve been a great opportunity to teach children the importance of listening to the worldviews of others and respect differences in belief, even if it something you don’t like.
An opportunity was truly wasted.
Here’s more on this from TheBlaze:
“I have had a group of about 5 students using the words God, Jesus and Devil in conversation. The first time I had a talk about it with them, unfortunately on a different day the conversation came up again,” the letter read in part, WXIN-TV reported. “With McCordsville Elementary being a public school, we have many different religions and beliefs, and I do not want to upset a child/parent because of these words being used. If you go to church or discuss these things at home, please have a talk with your child about there being an appropriate time and place of talking about it.”
A parent spoke to WRTV-TV about the letter sent home in late August saying that she’s worried about the long-term effects on her daughter who’s used to freely talking about religion.
“She’s shy to begin with,” the parent told the station on camera but without showing her face, “and this being the first year her attending this school, I don’t want her to withdraw from everything because of being told that ‘you can’t talk about this’ or ‘you can’t say this word.’”
But Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation Superintendent Shane Robbins said in a response letter that students may talk about religious beliefs as long as the discussions aren’t disruptive.
“To simply summarize, MVCSC employees can neither advance nor inhibit religious views,” the letter said. “Trying to limit a student’s view on religion is a violation of a student’s first amendment rights. However, if the discussion becomes an academic disruption, then as a district, we can intervene to maintain the integrity of the educational process while at the same time being sure to not violate a student’s constitutional rights.”
Essentially, what this teacher is doing by saying the kids can’t use these words, is taking “God” and “Jesus” and turning them into bad words, attaching a punishment or displeasure with the use of words that are related to the child’s faith.
That, logically, leads kids to wonder if the faith they hold is somehow wrong or bad, causing them to question what they hear from their parents or local church leaders.
This might be appropriate when a child is older, close to adult age, and is attempting to make their faith their own, but at first grade it can cause painful confusion.
Despite backlash from the parents, it remains unclear if district officials are going to put the teacher in question under any sort of disciplinary action for her letter.
The district did make it clear the letter sent out by the teacher was not at all sanctioned by them, and the educator in question wrote an additional letter to parents stating the first one didn’t send the message the way she intended.
What one has to wonder is if the teacher would’ve been equally offended had the name of Jesus been used in vain, as a swear word?
It’s a public school with kids from all walks of life, so the chances of hearing such a phrase from the mouth of babes who parrot their parents is quite high, and yet it’s likely such language goes uncorrected, despite how offensive it could be to Christian children.
This was an attack on the faith of children, plain and simple, but good on the parents for standing up for what they know is right and for the glory of the Lord.