Everywhere, Always.

Nothing breaks my heart more than logging on social media sites in the wake of a tragedy to see so many people questioning where God was and blaming the government for not allowing Him in schools. If you believe Psalm 119: 160, which reads, “ALL your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal,” then you acknowledge that the Bible, in its fullness, is the absolute truth (see also 2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 17:17). With that being said, you can’t ignore Proverbs 15:3, which states, “the eyes of the Lord are EVERYWHERE, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” God IS in public schools. He is in your home, your workplace, movie theaters, shopping malls, prisons, and churches. God is omnipresent– everywhere, always. If you believe that the legislation preventing school wide prayer means that God is no longer in schools, then that simply means that your view of God is either too small or erroneous. In high school, my principal was of the Jewish faith. Is that a man that I want to have as a spiritual leader in my life? I had teachers of various protestant denominations whose religious rules and procedures I do not follow. Are those the spiritual leaders that I want influencing my faith? So why not just hire all Christian teachers so they can pray for your kids? Well, that’s called private school… and you better start saving now. God is in schools and it is the responsibility of Christian students and parents to keep him there. Schools do not prevent students from praying. They don’t prevent Christian students from doing what believers are called to do, which is to share the Gospel with everyone (Mark 16:15). Schools can’t prevent a student from “being an example of the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). If you want Christians to infiltrate the public school system, then pray for you friends. Share the Gospel. Bring them to church. Show people love, respect, and kindness. Be an example of Christ’s love. What baffles me most is that so many people distrust the government’s decisions on the economy, healthcare, etc, but wish to have a government institution be a spiritual leader in their children’s lives. As a parent, that is YOUR job. God demands that you take on the responsibility of being the most important spiritual leader in your children’s lives (Read Deuteronomy 6). “Politics will not decide if we should rise and be your hands and feet” (Hillsong United’s ‘Solution‘). While the government can prevent public school teachers from leading a school wide prayer, nothing can or should stop Christians from sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. In obedience to the laws of man and the authorities who God has put in place (Romans 13:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-17), let’s stop complaining about what the government won’t do and focus more on what we ourselves can accomplish. God is omnipresent. He is everywhere, always. Next time you think about sharing a photo or posting something online questioning the public school system and its godlessness, please ask yourself if you’re also questioning the abilities, the power, and the magnitude of God. With that being said, please continue to pray for the people of Newtown, CT. Pray that the first responders, the teachers, and the surviving students can cope with the unimaginable things they’ve seen. Pray for the families of the victims as they deal with this senseless tragedy. Pray that everyone involved can find forgiveness in their hearts for a man who does not in any way deserve it.

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