Prayer Police

July 2, 2007 at 5:09 pm (God thoughts, Politics thoughts)

If you’ve had e-mail for more than a week you’ve probably gotten that ridiculous forward recalling the numerous school shootings followed by a “student” “praying” to “God“…

“Dear God why aren’t you stopping these things from happening in our schools?” and “God’s” typical response is, “Dear student, I’m not allowed in schools.”

UGHHHHH I hate that forward so much. It makes me so angry. As if somehow the school shootings have to do with laws that stop students from praying. As if God is somehow punishing America for it’s religious discrimination. As if God is somehow limited in his omni-presence by constitutional prohibitions.

The idea that God kowtows to the “no prayer in school” policy is as ridiculous as the signs that say “tobacco-free campus”.

What’s even more ridiculous is that there is a “no prayer in school policy”. I’ve heard about this my whole life and yet never seen it in writing; never seen it enforced. I’ve prayed on public school campuses hundreds of times and never experienced one bit of opposition.

Evidently there was an incident way back in April that stands to stir up this debate all over again, but it’s a little different than the ones we’ve seen previous. Read This UT article about Muslims praying in school

Now this is very very interesting to me. It’s always been the Christians complaining about being discriminated against religiously, so now how are they going to handle this situation? I have to say quite honestly that the Muslims in this situation have a stronger legal position than that of any Christian who felt their rights were being infringed upon at school. As Christians it is very, very difficult for the country to make laws that require us to violate our religious tenants. Why? Because our religion isn’t based upon works. Honestly, what laws are on the books that cause you to violate your faith?

Romans 13:3, “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.”

Even if there were such laws (and there may be some that I am unaware of) than these verses comes into play…

I Peter 3:13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Muslims on the other hand do require works, and a lot of them, to make them good Muslims.

And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the approaches of the night: for those things that are good remove those that are evil: be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord).” (Al-Qur’an, 3:114)

So here’s the situation. All these Christians who have raised a fuss over “prayer in schools” now have to support these Muslim students getting special privileges and special prayer times in those schools. I really don’t see any other way around it. “freedom of religion” and “freedom of speech” must be extended to all religions whether we like them or not. Whether they are pro-America or not. Whether they are intent on destroying us or building us up. That’s how the system is set up.  This isn’t a bad system, in fact it’s a very good system, it’s the best situation in the world for Christianity to thrive. Don’t complain about the system rather work within it to capitalize on the opportunity to proclaim the gospel. Indeed, what better system can you think of for John 8:31-36  to thrive in?

“If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

What message do Muslims need to hear most? These poor kids who think they must pray 5 times daily to earn God’s favor need to hear that, “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” And the best opportunity in the world for them to hear this message is in a society that allows freedom of speech.

Now if we could just make it so they had to learn English to hear this message. That would be something that I wouldn’t mind seeing some legislation on.

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5 Comments

  1. danielbalc said,

    I see this case about a girl in the UK not being able to wear a purity ring as very similar.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286395,00.html

    If a school has a ban on jewelry than don’t wear it. I don’t see why this is an issue where a Christian is feeling discriminated against.

  2. Albino Hayford said,

    I agree. I’ve been invited to preach to basketball teams on the school grounds here in South Texas high schools. Christians have incredible access, at least in our neck of the woods.

    I’m all for opening up the schools to all religions/perspectives. I’ve always said that I will gladly put the Bible side by side with any other holy book ever written. Let’s have an good-old-fashioned Mount Carmel showdown in every school in America and see who wins.

    As Pastor Spurgeon famously said, “I defend the Bible the same way I defend a lion; I simply let him out of his cage.”

  3. itsasecret2u said,

    The idea that God kowtows to the “no prayer in school” policy is as ridiculous as the signs that say “tobacco-free campus”.

    hehe

    I’ve always wondered… How can anyone really stop a person from praying? I mean, unless you have to physically bow down in order to pray or always insist on praying out loud, who could stop you from praying?

  4. Gregg said,

    Daniel
    Great posting. You are completely right freedom of religion includes all religion- even the Wiccans. Like it or hate it, the 1st ammendment protects them all. At Chaplain school we talk a lot about this topic. Military Chaps have to provide for their own faith groups while faciliting space for all others. For me it is an issue of being incarnational. We show Christ to people right where they are, often within their belief systems. We live among (not within) their systems as Christ did. See John 3.

    Albino, you are missing the point of the 1st ammendment. We do not allow other religions into the schools so we can prove them wrong. We allow them into the schools because it is the American thing to do. If them come to Christ them Praise God, it is not a bait and switch “lets look at your religion in contrast to mine and find the truth” like you seem to be presenting.

    Daniel, Great to be back and a wonderful posting to return to
    Gregg

  5. gospelordeath said,

    I hate moralism. The idea that school shootings happen because WE aren’t praying enough is moralism. Giddyup.

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