As a mom, I’m curious as to why there continues to be a school prayer debate. This is a free country, right? If kids want to pray in school, they may–as long as they take the initiative themselves and as long as they aren’t disrupting classroom time to do it. In my state, prayer cannot be a school-sponsored activity. In fact, teachers are no longer allowed to even tell kids where or why they go to church (if they do). A friend of mine who is an elementary school teacher was told she could no longer keep her Bible on her desk in her classroom. This open expression of her personal religious beliefs might influence her students. Hmmmm. Isn’t that what teachers are supposed to do?
Our country is founded on Judeo-Christian principles, although we continue to slide further and further away from them. Years ago, every school classroom was led in a short daily prayer. We dismissed that practice in the 60’s, and the results are obvious. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Just looking at the past few decades, it’s apparent that our paths are not very straight. We are much like the Israelites, just wandering around, failing to acknowledge God in all our ways.
Why is it so upsetting to some people if others want to pray?
Coming up this Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and as always, this special day gets the country talking about prayer again. (As if Tim Tebow hasn’t done enough!) I’m so thankful that we still acknowledge the National Day of Prayer. I’ve got several tips HERE for ways you can celebrate this day with your family and community.
Are you pro-prayer in school? What do you think about the prayer debate in this country? Are you a Christian teacher? I’d love to know how you are continuing to make an impact at your school, despite all the limitations and restrictions placed on you.