We see a lot of posts about putting Jesus back in the classroom.
It amuses me a little when Christians complain that “Jesus is not in our schools anymore.” Have they not read the Word of God that says
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there….
or how about
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good….
If our children are serving the Lord, then He is there in the classroom because His Word also says
I am with you always, even to the end of the age…Matthew 28:20
Bu while we complain about God not being in our schools, perhaps we should be more concerned that He is in our homes.
God’s people on their knees seeking God for
- revival in their own lives
- revival behind our pulpits and in our pews,
- revival in Washington DC.
If we allow the Bible in the classroom, in this multi-religious society that we live in, we will also have to allow Allah, the Koran, Buddha, hundreds of Hindu deities and all their books, Satanist and the other many cults.
To be truthful, I and you neither one want that scenario.
We need to take responsibility to teach our children about God at home and know the truth they are receiving. Then we need to pray that God will instill in them the truth of His Word. Finally, we need to trust in God to cause that truth to take root and grow in their lives.
The Biblical pattern has always been that the home, the family is to be the one responsible for teaching the children about God.
Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates….Deuteronomy 6:4-9
And it is not just in the Old Testament where we are told it is the parents’ role to teach their children about God.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Do you really think having a teacher – who may or may not believe in Christ – lead your children in a prayer is going to make them good followers of Christ.
Let’s put Jesus in our homes – then He will be with us everywhere we go – school, work, the mall. He does not live in a classroom, He lives in the hearts of those who commit their lives to Him. And NO ONE can keep Jesus out of the schools for those children in whose hearts He resides.