And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
(Voice of the Persecuted) How often do you speak to your children about God? Do you read and explain the Bible to them? Are you teaching them the value of prayer? Do you pray with them? Do they see you pray and live out your faith? These are good questions that Christian parents must seriously think about. If many were to be honest, we would hear regrets that often their children only hear about the Lord in Sunday school. We’d also hear they too forget to pray, read scripture, think about or thank God, everyday. Where do you stand? Should we teach our kids to honor and follow our Lord Jesus Christ, or hand them over to the world to teach it’s ways? As a family, study God’s word and pray for each other and this nation.
In recent news, the ACLU targeted the Glenview Elementary School in New Jersey for saying “God bless America” at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance. ACLU-NJ legal director Ed Barocas claimed, “Students have the right to engage in religious messages on their own time, but not during official school assembly led by school officials.”
ACLU sent a letter warning the school it was unconstitutional:
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government not only from favoring one religion over another, but also from promoting religion over non-religion. The greatest care must be taken to avoid the appearance of governmental endorsement in schools, especially elementary schools, given the impressionable age of the children under the school’s care and authority.
Also included in the letter was a mention of a previous court case that rejected invocations of God in schools, as reported by the Courier-Post. Noting a 1962 ruling, the ACLU stated, “the Court halted a school district’s practice of students’ acknowledging God and asking God’s ‘blessings on us, our parents, our teachers and our Country’ immediately following recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Instead of entering an expensive legal battle, The Principal sent a letter to parents saying the school will find other ways to show patriotism:
It’s been our view that the practice is fundamentally patriotic in nature and does not invoke or advance any religious message, despite the specific reference to God’s blessing.
Whether the practice of having the students say ‘God bless America’ at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance is more akin to religious prayer or simply a manifestation of patriotism has no clear cut legal answer.
The letter added that they will explore alternative methods of honoring the victims and first responders of the 9/11 tragedy.
Last Saturday while speaking at Archbishop Rummel High School, Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a speech on religious freedom aimed at those who confuse freedom of religion for freedom from it. Scalia is the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court and disagrees with the ACLU’s interpretation of the First Amendment. “Government support for religion is not only justified by the Constitution, it was the norm for hundreds of years and it helped the United States become a free and prosperous nation,” Scalia said. Know your rights, read his provocative speech here. Scalia also believes God has blessed this nation because we honored Him.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:11-16
How should we respond in an increasingly Anti-Christian world? Will we be strong armed into standing down concerning our faith? The foundation of our faith is the the Lord Jesus Christ! Teach your children not to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16
This year, seek the Lord with all your heart and commit to read the Bible. Make it a priority to share Him with your children.
Download and print out the God Bless America coloring page here http://cdn.www.ministry-to-children.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/God-Bless-America.pdf
Print out one for yourself and talk about God and our faith while you have fun coloring together!
Jesus Blesses Little Children
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After laying His hands on them, He departed from there. Matthew 19:13-15
God bless you and your family.