Since prayer was eliminated from schools, it has become a theme under attack. The world where Americans who favored prayer in public school, gained it from the open knowledge of the existence of God. Since the philosophy of prayer acknowledged the existence of someone greater than man, prayer was eliminated from public schools. What has happened since then?
The Anti-Christian Legal group was formed trying to protect the atheists. Their philosophy was the beliefs of those in policy would not represent their beliefs, and try to instill some sort of morals into their children and those who did not want to be indoctrinated by their religion. They also claimed in some way to be protecting those of other faiths, not to be being pulled into the religion that was so heavily populated into the public school system. This goes back to the rationalization from years ago, if you are an atheist, and you do not want morals brought into your theology or into the theology you devote into practice of learning and teaching your children, then you first must have morals. Morals go back to the basis where there is a moral source. In fact, a moral source of God must exist, or there is not moral code or moral compass that brings you back to an understanding or questioning or right or wrong.
So we lean on the fact there is a God established, and there are morals, and you do not want this preached or demonstrated by others to your children, because it goes against what you believe? Then fine, we simply tell students, there is indeed more to you than just a collection of energy and matter occupying space and time. You are not just chemicals making up an existence of an anatomy; in fact, your brain, as filled as it is with so many difficult materials, one thing is certain; if you decide there is no God, you also decide, there is no basis for moral. We have before us a free society, not a society of free will, but one who goes as they please with no consequence, and no theory of retribution. So atheists, by their own admission, have nothing to lose? Why worry if their child sits on the last row, and naps during prayer? Why worry if their child says, “Hey, I think I will say a prayer today?” Either way, there is no occurrence positive or negative; there is no penalty; it is simply what it is, for the benefit of others living in a free society.
The ACLU feels there have been differences made in education, and other areas since 1962; and it definitely has. These results indicate the differences in the quality of education, violent crime, etc., from 1962, until 2005; and evidence has indicated, that is true, as the educational system has been on a steady statistical decline since prayer was removed from public school classrooms in 1962. “We have had a six-fold increase in violent crime, our divorce rate has tripled, births to single mothers have increased five-fold, the teenage suicide rate has tripled, and SAT scores (standardized college entrance test) have dropped 80 points (approximately 10%).” (Today, 2005) Nearly ten years later, another study was performed to see the differences, and we have some more of the same with a study from David Barton of Wall Builders who reviewed the statistical records for the past 60 years. In each study, he was able to see a negative impact starting around the year 1962 when School Prayer was removed! Teenage pregnancy rates have gone up 500% since 1962. Unmarried mothers have risen dramatically since 1962. The divorce rate is so high that many young children don’t really understand what a family is. Violent Crimes have risen steadily since the early 60’s, and our prison system is bursting at the seams. The SAT scores have steadily declined each year for 18 straight years since 1962 and continue to decline or be low. We once had the best school system in the world, and we are now ranked about 15th among the industrialized nations. This is despite us spending more money than any other nation in the world on our school system. (Barton, 2014) Even with comparing the two school institutions of today, Barton found that Christian Schools have much higher SAT scores than the public schools, and yet they spend much less per student. In fact David Barton says, his research shows their scores are still near the 1962 levels! It appears that leaving School Prayer in school, and teaching about God has a very positive impact on education! (Barton, 2014)
There is a “new group in town”! Doesn’t it seem like there is always another group out there, but when we need a group for something, their never around? As the days have slowly passed by a law enforcement officers are out, doing their jobs as best as they can with media hounds on every street, some trying to catch them doing something wrong, and some even trying to provoke it. At the bottom of his car are the words “In God We Trust.” There’s that group I was talking about. The Freedom from Religion Foundation contacted 17 sheriff’s offices and police departments across the nation demanding they remove the motto. The FFRF has sent letters out to sheriff’s offices and such advising them that their law enforcement officers should do their duties, not waste time putting religious messages on their patrol cars, as it offends the 23% the non-religious Americans. Their Co-President, an Annie Laurie Gaylor advised the letters were asking to respect the rights of conscience of all citizens who do not believe in God. (Report, 2015)
Matt Sharp has stepped forward as part of the Christian legal group who is challenging the claim of the FFRF, and says the “U.S. National motto –In God We Trust on a department vehicle is not unconstitutional, and does not and should not be removed unless the department wants to remove it. He has advised all departments and city police departments to disregard any of these letters, as they are against the First Amendment Right of Protection. (Bumpass, 2015)
This seems like it may persist it bit further unto these two get on the same page, so to speak. I don’t think Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will be one of those people who just gets a memo and says okay. That luxury of cooperation maybe easier said than done, so I suggest some surveillance, maybe see what kind of car these higher up’s at the FFRF drive, and then tell them to go try and get one without the emblem. Police officers don’t usually pick and choose what they drive. And if you ever talk to a city mayor, he will tell you, the chief (sheriff) and the deputies (patrol-people) get the cars, and they drive the cars. They complain because they don’t have enough cars, other than that, they don’t complain.
OUR TWO CENTS:
I don’t start off much with questions, but I want to here: “How do you see sin?”; “How do you feel sin?” “How do you know sin?” Just think about the three questions, and then choose one that calls to your heart, and find an answer for it. As I was writing, I found myself taking longer, and longer to write. I felt at any moment, Lynn was going to send me an email, and ask me, “Have you taken a leave of absence, and not told me?” Sometimes it takes me longer, when I find something that pulls at my heart. This one did. The concept of atheists has always been something that bothers me so. I feel so deeply for the love I have for God, I just want take it out and show them. I know it takes more. Instead of joy, and truth, and all the good? With these people, you have to show them, the bad. So, I ask, “How do you see sin?” When someone comes to me, and asks- I think of… 1 John 2:2, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” Sometimes, I think about 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Years ago in Bible Class, one of our study leaders talked about sin, forgiveness, righteousness; he said to always consider that God is so holy, that even HE turned away not to see sin on the cross when Jesus received atonement for our sins. This struck a something deep within. I have for years told people, if you know nothing else about Jesus, know HIS grace. I have shared HIS grace with every person I have come in contact with. HIS grace is so beautiful to me. If you were to ask me, how do you feel sin? I would say, I feel sin no more. I have received God’s grace and atonement, and it was so precious, let me tell you about God’s grace. In Habukkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” Sin is so ugly, and it makes those people who sin just as ugly, and they feel ugly.
So question number three, and as you can see, we have weaved our way here: I can see it? No. I can feel it? No. How do I know sin? What was your answer? Well, this is my two cents, so here’s mine. I know sin, not by what it is done, but by what it does to a person. Sin makes a person turn away from God, in shame, or anger. Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Sin makes is dwell on our deeds, and we become so unforgiving of ourselves, we forget how big our God is. Psalm 38:4 “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.” Sin enters your life and sentences you to a life of torment. Your life is spent stressing and worrying over everything, and you forget who is in charge in the good times and the bad. Psalm 7:11 “God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.”
I guess we can suffice to say we will all know sin in our lives at some point- we will see it, or maybe hear it laughing in the halls, threatening to invite us in to the conversation, maybe we will walk upon on it somewhere just get that feeling that you get when you know something just isn’t quote right? It’s around us masquerading as groups, good Samaritans enlisting others to do their bidding, and here we are just enjoying our grace on a park bench one afternoon. I do offer a word of caution, as every day we venture out, people are making it their mission to subtract something else from our lives and hearts, and oh, so subtly. So when they approach you with their eliminations of this to make this easier, and subtracting this to get this done; go ahead and remind them of the one you aren’t willing to waiver on: 1 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” It might save some time, on a beautiful, God-filled day.