Should we put God back in school?

At first blush I really like the idea of putting God back in public school, but which god will they pick?
Will it be the one real Christian God, or the many hundreds of fakes out there?  What kind of theology will they teach? Will it be the theology of David Koresh, Joseph Smith, Charles T. Russel, or Jesus Christ?

The idea of God in the wrong hands has proven very dangerous in the past, religion has been used and abused to cause mass suicide, wars, cults, and to justify a lot of other types of evil.
There have even been news reports on the net about certain public school kids being forced to say that Allah is god by their school districts. Our own president has even made fun of the Christian God in public!  I just don’t trust our government to talk about God anymore. The best answer would be to create school vouchers and to let parents pick what school they want to send their kids to, but I doubt that is going to happen.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 (NIV)

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

From scripture we learn that parents are given the responsibility to teach their children about God. Our responsibility when it comes to teaching kids about faith may begin on Sunday when we take our kids to church, but it doesn’t end on Sunday. The subject of God should come up many times a day. Considering that many Christians have never read the Bible from cover to cover I know that this is a hard thing to ask from many parents who say that they are usually to busy to read the Bible for themselves, but might I suggest that if you are too busy to read your Bible and teach your children about God, that maybe you are far busier then God intended you to be?
If our children were given sufficient knowledge at home about God , and how to serve him well then they will naturally become sharers of the Gospel with their friends. Eventually the environment of the school would change. But we have to rededicate ourselves to God and our children for this to work.

5 thoughts on “Should we put God back in school?

  1. I’ve think we’ve been theologically inconsistent to state He is not there in our schools. We may try to ignore Him and have asked Him to leave, but that would go against His Deity. God cannot not be there, He is omnipresent and omnipotent simultaneously. I can’t explain the why’s or the how’s, but I have to hold on to what I know from Scripture. If He wasn’t there, the results would have been worse.

    1. Yes in once sense he is there, but his presence isn’t as strong as it should be. Let’s put it this way: Have you ever been in a room with someone, but your mind was somewhere else? The feeling of being somewhere else can be so strong that you can’t even hear what the person in front of you is saying. Sometimes when we reject him God says”OK have it your way.” and he backs off. He is still there, but much of his power is “somewhere else”.

      1. This is not my blog to take over, but in some sense I disagree and in some I agree with you. God’s presence and power can never diminish. From our point of view it is true His plan might be to give us what we ask so we learn how foolish our request was in the first place. We typically long for God and acknowledge our desperate need for Him only when we sense He is far away. That is when we find He never actually left.

  2. While God’s power can never really diminish, he can choose to hide it. When God is in his full glory no mere human can look upon him. But for 33 years he walked among us, and for most of that time no one guessed that he was more then a carpenter’s son.

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