samedi, décembre 15, 2012

To people who keep God out of our schools ( and those who want him back in)

I hear that God isn't allowed in our schools.

Apparently, that's why the tragedy in Newtown occurred -- because God is a "gentleman" who doesn't go where He's not wanted (in spite of a history of doing precisely this throughout the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures). 

Prayer is not an official part of the public school curriculum.

So God decided to leave -- and, by implication, to abandon children to the mercy of a crazed killer.

One can assume that it went down something like this.

God listened to the discussions of school boards all over America. He also sat in on courtrooms, where the "Establishment Clause" was debated.

The judges decided that while it was o.k. to have a Bible Study meet in a classroom after school, or an individual student pray, having an officially sanctioned or mandated prayer in the morning wasn't. It violated the Establishment Clause.

At which point, God said "if they don't want me, I don't want them", leaving public schools which disallow prayer and innocent students to their fate. 

In other words -- God is not all-powerful, or all-compassionate. He doesn't distinguish between good and evil. 

He takes our debates so seriously that if we put a foot wrong (assuming that one believes that not sanctioning state-sponsored prayer IS wrong), He's going to leave us to boil like a lobster in the waters of our own sin.

Those who fought for the establishment clause would be amazed that they were powerful enough to bar God from schools.  

I happen to believe that He can't be barred, in spite of all our puny human battles -- and the evil that stalked those halls that day.  

He was present in the classrooms of Newtown. 

He inspired the brave teachers and hero principal.

He comforts the grieving families.

He does, as our President said yesterday, bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted.

That's the God I believe in.

 He's so, so  so much bigger than we are.

Thank goodness.

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